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CAPT. BILL
Photo by: Brian Maniglia

Built in 1967, by the Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin (hull # YTB 790) as the YTB-790 (Menominee) for the United States Navy.

Her keel was laid down on September 6th, 1966. The tug was launched on the of April 3rd, 1967. And she was delivered to the United States Navy on of June 10th, 1967. The tug was placed in service on June 10th, 1967 and allocated to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Virginia.

In 1971, the tug was reassigned to Naval Station Mayport, Florida. The date she was placed out of service is unknown. The tug was struck from the Naval Register on September 4th, 1998. And, disposed of by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for reuse and or conversion, on September 27th, 2000.

In 2000, the tug was acquired by Lake Towing Incorporated of Cleveland, Ohio. Where she was renamed as the Menominee. However, the tug was later abandoned.

In 2007, she was acquired by Captain Arthur Fournier of the Fournier Towing and Ship Service Incorporated of Belfast, Maine. Where the tug was renamed as the Capt. Bill.

In 2011, the tug was acquired by Ocean Cay Aragonite of Boca Raton, Florida. Where she was renamed as the Billy F.

In 2013, she went out of documentation. Her current, and or final disposition is unknown.

She was powered by a single, Fairbanks Morse 10-38D 8 1/8 diesel engine. With a Western reduction gear, at a ratio of 5.95:1. Turning a single, 144(in) by 112(in), fixed pitch, four bladed, stainless steel fixed pitch propeller. She was a single screw tug, rated 2,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service was provided by two, 60kW generator sets. Driven by two, Detroit Diesel 6-71 diesel engines. The tug's capacities were 28,600 gallons of fuel oil, 10,000 gallons of ballast, 1,200 gallons of potable water, and 710 gallons of lube oil.
(NavSource Online)


  • Vessel Name: CAPT. BILL
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1109004
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8980854
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE3205
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: YTB 790
  • Ship Builder: MARINETTE MARINE CORPORATION
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 102.8
  • Hull Depth: 16.3
  • Hull Breadth: 29
  • Gross Tonnage: 235
  • Net Tonnage: 70
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    YTB-790 (MENOMINEE), MENOMINEE, CAPT. BILL, CAPT BILL., BILLY F.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    United States Navy, Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), LAKE TOWING INC, TUG CANYON CORP, LAKE TOWING INC, OCEAN CAY ARAGONITE LLC