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BENJAMIN FOSS
Pictured as: the Rebekah (Tradewinds Towing) Photo by: Captain Dominique Smith

Built in 1980, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #352) as the Benjamin Foss for the Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of the Dillingham Corporation of Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 1981, the tug was chartered out. Where she was renamed as the Vancouver.

In 2007, she was returned to the Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Benjamin Foss.

In 2012, the was acquired by Cook Inlet Tug and Barge Incorporated. Where she was renamed as the Nordic Wind.

In 2013, Cook Inlet Tug and Barge Incorporated was acquired by Foss Marine Holdings of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2015, Foss Marine Holdings renamed the tug as the Benjamin Foss.

In 2016, she was acquired by the Tradewinds Towing Company of St. Augustine, Florida. Where the tug was renamed as the Rebekah. Named for the sister of the Tradewinds Towing Company President, Captain Dominque Smith.

Originally powered by two, CaterpillarD-398 diesel engines. With CAT 7261 reduction gears, at a ratio of 4.65:1. Turning two, 76(in) by 76(in), fixed pitch, propellers. Mounted in kort nozzles, with flanking rudders. She was a twin screw tug, rated at 2,379 horsepower.

In 2016, the Tradwinds Towing Company re powered the tug with two, Mitsubishi S12R diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF 562 reduction gears, at a ratio of 6:1. Turning two, 76(in) by 76(in), four bladed, fixed pitch propellers. Mounted in kort nozzles, outfitted with flanking rudders. For a rated 2,600 horsepower. As well as outfitting the tug with an upper wheelhouse.

The tug's capacities are 23,500 gallons of fuel, 395 gallons of lube oil, 450 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 4,000 gallons of potable water.

Her towing equipment consists of and INTERcon SD-150, single drum, towing winch. Outfitted with 2,000(ft) of 1.5(in) towing wire. As well as a Foss MK 2, bow winch. Outfitted with 150(ft) of 1.125(in) towing wire.
(Kyle Stubbs, Bob Beegle, Captain Dominique Smith)


  • Vessel Name: BENJAMIN FOSS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 623866
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7932331
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDI7588
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 352
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Length: 73.3
  • Hailing Port: NEW ORLEANS, LA.
  • Hull Depth: 11.4
  • Hull Breadth: 26.3
  • Gross Tonnage: 106
  • Net Tonnage: 72
  • Owner:
    MAGAZINE TUG LLC
    725 JOSEPH STREET SUITE A
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70115
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Benjamin Foss, Vancouver, BENJAMIN FOSS, BENJAMIN FOSS, NORDIC WIND, BENJAMIN FOSS, BENJAMIN FOSS
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    FOSS MARITIME COMPANY, FOSS MARITIME COMPANY, COOK INLET TUG & BARGE INC, FOSS MARITIME COMPANY, FOSS MARITIME COMPANY, COOS BAY PILOT BOAT COMPANY INC, COOS BAY PILOT BOAT COMPANY INC, MAGAZINE TUG LLC, MAGAZINE TUG LLC, MAGAZINE TUG LLC, MAGAZINE TUG LLC, MAGAZINE TUG LLC