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Built in 1948, by Jakobson Shipyard of Oyster Bay, New York (hull #327) as the Wilkes-Barre for the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

In 1963 the tug was acquired by the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Julia C. Moran. She worked in the Port of Jacksonville, Florida from 1976 until the late 1990's.

The tug was then acquired by Beyel Brothers of Port Canaveral, Florida where it is believed the was "parted out."

She was a single screw tug powered by a single Cleveland 16-278A diesel main engine rated at 1,750 horsepower.
(Paul Strubeck, Tom Craighead)

  • Vessel Name: WILKES-BARRE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 258938
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 6605735
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 327
  • Year Built: 1948
  • Length: 100
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 12.2
  • Hull Breadth: 27.4
  • Gross Tonnage: 239
  • Net Tonnage: 163
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Wilkes-Barre, Julia C. Moran
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Lehigh Valley Railroad, Moran Towing Company, MORAN TOWING CORPORATION, Beyel Brothers