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W. DOUGLAS MASTERSON
Pictured: the Helen H. (Heritage Marine) Photo courtesy of: Isaac Pennock

Built in 1967, by Bludworth Shipyard of Corpus Christi, Texas (hull #69) as the W. Douglas Masterson for the Bay Houston Towing Company of Houston, Texas.

In 1997, the tug was acquired by the Suderman and Young Towing Company of Houston, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

Also, the Suderman and Young Towing Company along with the Bay Houston Towing Company of Houston, Texas. Maintain an operating company, the G and H Towing Company of Houston, Texas.

In 2011, the G and H Towing Company became part of a joint venture between the Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut. The Bay Houston Towing Company of Houston, Texas, and the Superman and Young Towing Company of Houston, Texas. Serving the Cameron LNG facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana.

In 2011, the tug was acquired by Heritage Marine Incorporated of Knife River, Minnesota. Where the tug was renamed as the Helen H.

Repowered in 1987, she is a single screw tug. Rated at 1,700 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: W. DOUGLAS MASTERSON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 511829
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8624670
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise, Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WY2451
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 69
  • Ship Builder: BLUDWORTH SHIPYARD INC
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 82.3
  • Hailing Port: KNIFE RIVER, MN.
  • Hull Depth: 10.5
  • Hull Breadth: 26.8
  • Gross Tonnage: 138
  • Net Tonnage: 94
  • Owner:
    MICHAEL OJARD
    243 SCENIC HY 61 PO BOX 21
    KNIFE RIVER, MN 55609
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    W. DOUGLAS MASTERSON, W. DOUGLAS MASTERSON
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    M. E. Kuebler, INDENTURE OF TRUST DATED 8/11/1966, INDENTURE OF TRUST DATED 8/11/1966