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CAROL MORAN
Photo courtesy of: Paul Strubeck

Built in 1949, by Levingston Shipyard of Orange, Texas (hull #444) as the Carol Moran or the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York.

The tug was the fourth of series of five Grace Moran class tugs. Designed by Naval Architect Joe Hack. And, built by the Levingston Shipbuilding Company of Orange, Texas. For the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York. The series of tugs, were often referred to as "Moran's Cadillacs."

In 1987, the tug suffered a fire. She was given to the State of New Jersey to be included in the state's reef restoration project. She was sunk as an artificial reef off New Jersey coast on July 17th, 1990.

She was powered by a single, Cleveland 16-278A diesel electric engine. She was a single screw tug, rated at 1,750 horsepower.
(Hugh Ware, David Boone, Don Waldeck, George Barrett)


  • Vessel Name: CAROL MORAN
  • USCG Doc. No.: 258172
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 444
  • Ship Builder: LEVINGSTON SHIPBUILDING
  • Year Built: 1949
  • Length: 99
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 13
  • Hull Breadth: 27
  • Gross Tonnage: 238
  • Net Tonnage: 15
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Carol Moran
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Moran Towing Co.