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JOHN THOMAS
Pictured as the: Capt. Hardhead (Gore Marine Corporation) Photo by: Rich English

Built in 1962, by St. Charles Steel Works Incorporated of Thibodaux, Louisiana (hull #6) as the John Thomas for the M.C. Boat Company Incorporated of Morgan City, Louisiana.

The tug was later sold, where she was renames as the Tuscarora.

In 1998, she was acquired by the Gore Marine Corporation of Townsend, Georgia. Where she was remanded as the Capt. Hardhead. The tug was named for Roy Holden Sr. whose nickname was "Capt. Hardhead."

In 2021, the tug was acquired by the Philadelphia Barge Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Where she was renamed as the Osprey.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3408B diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG 516 reduction gears, at a ratio of 6.2:1. Turning two, 60(in), by 44(in), four bladed, fixed pitch, stainless steel propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 1,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 40kW, Kubota generator sets. The tug's capacities are 6,000 gallons of fuel, 250 gallons of lube oil, and 1,500 gallons of water.

The towing equipment consists of two, 40 ton, Nabrico face winches.


  • Vessel Name: JOHN THOMAS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 290084
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC8158
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 6
  • Ship Builder: St. Charles Steel Works
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Length: 60
  • Hailing Port: VALONA, GA.
  • Hull Depth: 9
  • Hull Breadth: 22
  • Gross Tonnage: 95
  • Net Tonnage: 64
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    John Thomas, Tuscarora, Capt. Hardhead
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    M.C. Boat Co. Inc., GORE MARINE CORPORATION