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(T-Wharf Towing Company Inc., Chelsea Fuel Company Inc., Boston Fuel Transportation Company Inc., Baleen Towing Company Inc., REINAUER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES LLC)

The Boston Towing and Transportation Company, has its roots in the Boston Towboat Company had been founded in 1857 as the T-Wharf Towing Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

At the time the company was owned by another company named the Mystic Steamship Company. The Mystic Steamship Company operated coal carrying colliers. Transporting coal to, and, from east coast ports such as New York, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; and Newport News, Virginia.

However the ownership changed hands when the T-Wharf Towing Company was absorbed in the parent company of Boston Gas / Eastern Enterprises Incorporated of Boston, Massachusetts. However, the company was later renamed as the Boston Towboat Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1932, the Boston Fuel Transportation Company was founded by Bert Reinauer. In the early 1950's Reinauer partnered with Vincent Tibbetts Sr. Who then owned a company named the Chelsea Fuel Company. The Boston Fuel Transportation Company operated a small fleet of motor tankers, and barges that called on ports in New England. The Ross Towboat Company was also a local operator in Boston, Massachusetts at the time.

In 1979, the Boston Fuel Transportation Company acquired the Ross Towboat Company. The acquisition signaled the Boston Fuel Transportation Company's entrance into the ship assist market.

In 1985, the Boston Fuel Transportation Company acquired the Boston Towboat Company. This included the company's yard, its towboats, and name. The combined companies formed Boston Towing and Transportation Company. Even though the Boston Towing Transportation Company's tug division was focused on assist work, the company continued moving oil. With three medium sized barges, as well as the tugs. Boston Towing and Transportation serviced various New England ports such as Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Portland, Maine; and Bangor, Maine.

In 1990 environmental regulations called for vapor recovery systems to be installed for the transfer of gasoline from shore side to barges. Since the oil terminals in the port of Boston, Massachusetts opted not to install the systems. Most of the Boston Towing and Transportation barges were transferred to the Reinauer Transportation Company's operations in New York, New York. Where vapor recovery systems were already in place. Meanwhile, the Boston Towing and Transportation Company continued to perform ship assist, and towing services in and around New England; Boston, Massachusetts, and Maine.

In 2011, the Boston Towing and Transportation Company was reabsorbed into the Reinauer Transportation Companies of Staten Island, New York. Although, the vessels still feature the Boston Towing and Transportation logo on their stacks. All of the company's assets are wholly owned by the parent company. Reinauer Transportation Companies LLC of Staten Island, New York.

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