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WINNIE
Pictured as: the Independent (Bisso Towboat) Photo by: Wallace Rosser

Built in 1955, by the Smith Alpha Company of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #22) as the Smith Alpha for the Smith Alpha Company of New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 1974, she was acquired by the St. Philip Coastal Towing Company of Tampa, Florida. Where the was renamed as the Winne.

In 1974, the St. Philip Coastal Towing Company renamed the tug as the Edward St. Philip.

In 1981, the tug was acquired by the Bisso Towboat Company Incorporated of of Luling, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Stephanie S.

In 1990, the Bisso Towboat Company renamed the tug as the Independent.

In 2004, she was acquired by Industrial Park Limited of Trinidad and Tobago. Where the tug was renamed as the Sunrise Independent. She was a twin screw tug, rated at 2,800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: WINNIE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 270234
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7614288
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise, Unrestricted Registry
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 55
  • Ship Builder: SMITH ALPHA - MORGAN CITY
  • Year Built: 1955
  • Length: 104.5
  • Hull Depth: 11
  • Hull Breadth: 25
  • Gross Tonnage: 199
  • Net Tonnage: 135
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    SMITH ALPHA, WINNIE, EDWARD ST. PHILIP, STEPHANIE S., INDEPENDENT
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Smith Alpha Co., ST. PHILIP COASTAL TOWING, CO., BISSO TOWBOAT COMPANY INC, INDUSTRIAL TRANSPORT LTD