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VIRGINIA
Photo by: Tom Turner

Built in 1979, by Rayco Shipbuilders and Repair Incorporated of Bourg, Louisiana (H-67) as the Bayou Babe for Misener Marine Incorporated of Tampa, Florida.

In 1988, the tug was acquired by the Great Point Towing Company of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Where she was renamed as the Wauwinet.

In 1996, she was acquired by Weeks Marine Incorporated of Cranford, New Jersey. Where the tug was renamed as the Virginia.

Originally powered by two, GM12V149 diesel engines. With MG540 7:1 gears. Turning two, 72(in) by 62(in), fixed pitch propellers. She is a twin screw tug, originally rated at 1,400 horsepower.

In 1996, the tug was re powered with two, Caterpillar 3412E diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG-540 reduction gears, at a ratio of 7.0:1. Turning two, 72(in) by 62(in, stainless steel, fixed pitch propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 1,440 horsepower.

Her original electrical service was provided by two, 40kW generator sets. Driven by two, GM 3-71 diesel engines. When the tug was re powered, two new 44kW generator sets where installed. Driven by two, John Deere diesel engines. The tug's capacities are 25,200 gallons of fuel, 215 gallons of lube oil, and 2,600 gallons of water.

The towing equipment consists of a single drum, Smatco 44-DPS-75 towing winch. Outfitted with 1,200(ft) of 1.25(in) towing wire.


  • Vessel Name: VIRGINIA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 609007
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCW4062
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: H-67
  • Ship Builder: RAYCO SHIPBUILDERS/REPAIR
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Length: 65.7
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 9.5
  • Hull Breadth: 24
  • Gross Tonnage: 86
  • Net Tonnage: 59
  • Owner:
    WEEKS MARINE INC
    4 COMMERCE DRIVE
    CRANFORD, NJ 07016
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    BAYOU BABE, Wauwinet
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Misener Marine Inc., Great Point Towing Co., WEEKS MARINE INC.