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TANGIER ISLAND
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2014, by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation of Salisbury, Maryland (hull #106) as the Tangier Island for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

Designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. She was the eighth Sassafras class tug constructed for the Vane Brothers Company.

Named for Tangier, Virginia, which is a town in Accomack County, Virginia. Located on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to the arrival of European colonists on Tangier Island, it was a summer retreat for the Pocomoke Indians.

The majority of the original settlers were from South West England, and the island community has attracted the attention of linguists because its people speak a unique English Restoration era dialect of American English.

Powered by two, Tier II compliant, Caterpillar 3512 diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG 6500 reduction gears, at a ratio of 6.04:1. Turning two, 87(in), Rolls Royce, four bladed, fixed pitch, propellers. For a rated 3,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 99kW, John Deere generator sets. The tug's capacities are 65,575 gallons of fuel, 2,068 gallons of lube oil, and 2,890 gallons of water.

The towing gear consists of a single drum, JonRie InterTech towing winch. Driven by a single, John Deere 4045 diesel engine. With an electric, JonRie InterTech, deck capstan mounted on her stern.


  • Vessel Name: TANGIER ISLAND
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1248549
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9665504
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDH2080
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 106
  • Ship Builder: CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Length: 90.2
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 13.5
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 72
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    2100 FRANK FURST AVE
    BALTIMORE, MD 21226
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC