Alice L. Moran (1966)

What in God’s green earth is the story behind this thing? What a beauty! It seems that she wasn’t with Moran for very long. Did anyone on here work on her or know someone who did? Does anyone have any stories? According to her Tugboatinformation.com article she got bounced around some international interests over the years and was scrapped in the late 90’s. They sure don’t build tugs that pretty anymore. What a shame… I’d love to hear some stories from this old girl’s glory days.

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Since she was built in Japan she probably never flew an American flag and likely never had an American crew. Interesting looking design though.

kinda has an old tuna seiner look to her.

[QUOTE=Ctony;162476]kinda has an old tuna seiner look to her.[/QUOTE]

Harumphhhh … old tuna seiners look more like yachts. Alice is a classic deep sea tug of the mid 1900s fashion and just oozes a great balance of character and function.

[QUOTE=Steamer;162480]Harumphhhh … old tuna seiners look more like yachts. Alice is a classic deep sea tug of the mid 1900s fashion and just oozes a great balance of character and function.[/QUOTE]

A deep-sea tug like the Alice L., the Foundation Josephine, or even some of the old Smit boats are the classiest ladies of the workboat fleet and are all infinitely more beautiful than any tuna seiner.

here’s the history for all you’se…she wasn’t a Moran tug for too long and it appears from one of the photos that she was Liberian flagged when she was

ALICE L. MORAN

Built in 1966, by Kure Zosensho KK of Kure, Japan (hull #YN 106) as the Alice L. Moran for the Moran International Towing Corporation of New York, New York. A division of the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York.

Her keel was laid on October 2nd of 1965. The hull was launched on January 13th of 1966. She delivered to her owners on March 5th, 1966.

Powered by four sixteen cylinder General Motors La Grange 16-567BC2tew diesel engines. For a rated 9,600 horsepower. Her electrical service was provided by two 8832kW generators.

In 1968, she was transferred to Moran Marine Charters Incorporated of New York, New York. A division of the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York.

In 1969, the tug was chartered to the United Towing Company of Hull, Gibraltar, Spain. Where she was renamed Statesman.

In 1970, the company was restructured and renamed as United Towing Limited of Hull, Gibraltar. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1971, the tug was transferred to the Marine Charters Corporation of Monrovia, Liberia. However, the tug remained under charter to United Towing Limited. Where she retained her name.

In 1973, United Towing Limited renamed the tug as the Statesman I. And in 1977, United Towing Limited renamed her as the Statesman.

In 1978, she acquired by Viscount Marine Limited of Singapore. Where she was renamed as the Salvanguard.

In 1981, the tug was acquired by Armco Pacific Financial Services Limited of Singapore. Where she retained her name.

In 1985, she was acquired by Selco of Singapore Limited of Singapore. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1986, the tug was acquired by GATX Leasing Corporation. A division of the Wijsmuller Salvage Company of the Netherlands. Where she was renamed renamed as the Amsterdam.

In 1989, she was acquired by the Gulf Development Marine Services Company of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1990, the tug was acquired by Gulfcorp of Manama, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates. A division of the Gulf Development Corporation of Manama, Bahrain, United Arabian Emirates. A subsidiary of Abdulla Ahmed Nass Group of Manama, Bahrain, United Arabian Emirates. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1995, she was down to operating on two of her four main engines. The other two having been canibalised for spare parts.

In 1993, the tug was “laid up” at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As of 2014, the tug was reported as scrapped.

Vessel Name: ALICE L. MORAN
Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
IMO Number: 6607525
Trade Indicator: coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
Call Sign: A9GT
Hull Material: STEEL
Hull Number: YN 106
Ship Builder: Kure Zosensho KK
Year Built: 1866
Length: 211.2
Hull Breadth: 44.1
Hull Depth: 21.9
Gross Tonnage: 1167
Net Tonnage: 183
Previous Vessel Names: ALICE L. MORAN, STATESMAN, STATESMAN I, STATESMAN, SALVANGUARD, AMSTERDAM

can say nothing other than pure poetry…

Amen to that Cap, but what about her story? The pictures aren’t enough for me. I just have to know where she sailed, what kind of jobs she did, who sailed on her? It’s bugging the crap out of me! I gotta know!

I did the ol Google search and only found the same data you did at Tugboatinformation.com. She obviously did longhaul open ocean tows during here lifetime. I might well imagine more than a few ships to scrappers, oil rigs and this one photo of her towing what appears to be a very large drydock.

btw, I think this is the best photo of the tug I found…this shows her as the STATESMAN