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THE CHIEF
Photo by: Paul Kinnaly

Built in 1961, by Gulfport Shipbuilding of Port Arthur, Texas (hull #550) as the Texaco Sky Chief for the Texaco Marine Company Incorporated of Beaumont, Texas.

In 1983, the tug was acquired by the Crosby Towboat Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Where she was renamed as The Chief.

In 1989, the tug was acquired by the C and M Towing Company of New York, New York. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1997, she was acquired by Excellent Choices Limited of Trinidad and Tobago. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2008, the tug was declared a total loss. She was a single screw tug, rated at 1,600 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: THE CHIEF
  • USCG Doc. No.: 286982
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 5357408
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 550
  • Ship Builder: GULFPORT SHIPBLDG CORP
  • Year Built: 1961
  • Length: 93
  • Hailing Port: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
  • Hull Depth: 13
  • Hull Breadth: 26.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 229
  • Net Tonnage: 156
  • Owner:
    EXCELLENT CHOICES LTD
    Carnbee Main Road
    Carnbee, Scarborough
    Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Texaco Sky Chief, THE CHIEF
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Texaco Marine Company Inc., C & M MARINE TOWING, INC.