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LESLIE FOSS
Pictured as: the Simone (Tradewinds Towing) Photo by: Dominique Smith

Built in 1970, by McDermott Shipyard of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #162) as the Leslie Foss for Foss Maritime of Seattle, Washington.

Built as one of four similar tugs constructed at McDermott Shipyard in Amelia, Louisiana for Foss. During her 32 years working for Foss, she has worked not only in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, but as far afield as Talara, Peru; Attu, Adak and Shemya in the Aleutian Islands; the Caribbean; U.S. East Coast and the Great Lakes towing construction, derrick, accommodations, cement and oil barges.

The tug was later acquired by Foss Maritime Subsidiary Gulf Caribe Maritime of Mobile, Alabama. Where she was renamed as the Caribe Pioneer.

She was eventually reacquired by Foss Maritime of Seattle, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Leslie Foss.

In 2012, the tug was chartered by Tradwinds Towing of St. Augustine, Florida under the name Leslie Foss. Later that year, Tradewinds acquired the tug and she was renamed as the Simone.

Powered by two EMD 12-645-E2 diesel engines, with Lufkin RHS2524 reduction gears at a ratio of 4.128:1. Turning two five bladed 103(in) by 82(in) via Coolidge 9(in) by 30(ft) 7/8(in) shafts. For a rated 3,000 horsepower.

The tug's electrical service is provided by two John Deere 99kW generator Units. As well as a John Deere 75kW auxillary emergency unit. The tug's capacities are 96,000 gallons of fuel, 1,250 gallons of lube oil, and 6,000 gallons of potable water.

Her towing gear consists of a Markey TDSD-32 double drum towing machine. One drum is outfitted with 2,200(ft) of 2(in) towing wire, the second drum is outfitted with 2,200(ft) of 2(in) towing wire. The tug features a set of hydraulic tow pins for tandem towing. She also features a bow winch outfitted with Plasma line for barge handling, and 1,500lbs Safe Working Load deck crane.


  • Vessel Name: LESLIE FOSS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 525754
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7029548
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD4939
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 162
  • Ship Builder: MCDERMOTT SHIPYARD
  • Year Built: 1970
  • Length: 112.2
  • Hailing Port: ST AUGUSTINE, FL.
  • Hull Depth: 13.5
  • Hull Breadth: 31
  • Gross Tonnage: 177
  • Net Tonnage: 120
  • Owner:
    MARIGNY TUG LLC
    312 MINORCA AVENUE
    SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL 32080
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    LESLIE FOSS, CARIBE PIONEER, CARIBE PIONEER, LESLIE FOSS
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    GULF CARIBE MARITIME INC, GULF CARIBE MARITIME INC, FOSS ATLANTIC INC, FOSS MARITIME COMPANY