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YTB-825 "WATHENA"
Pictured as: the Patrick McAllister (McAllister Towing) Photo by: Earl Stephens

Built in 1974, by Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin (hull #YTB 825) as the YTB-825 (Wathena) for the United States Navy.

A Natick class district harbor tug. Her keel was laid down on April 4th, 1973, the tug was launched on September 6th, 1973. And, delivered to the United States Navy on October 16th, 1973. The tug was placed into service at the 5th Naval District at the Naval Base at Norfolk, Virginia.

It is unknown the date she was placed out of service. The tug was struck from the Naval Register on October 28th, 1997. On May 17th, 2000 the tug was transferred to the General Services Administration (GSA) for sale and reuse.

In 2000, the tug was acquired by Captain Arthur Fournier of the Portland Tugboat and Shipdocking Company of Portland, Maine. Where she was renamed as the Fournier Spirit.

Captain Fournier oversaw the repowering, and reconfiguration of the tug. The work was performed along a tidal bulkhead in Portland, Maine. She was never dry docked during the process. 35(ft) of the tug's original stern was removed, and a new square stern was fabricated, and added. All of the steel work on the tug was performed at low water. When the tide rose, the work crew moved on to another project topside, until the tide dropped again

Originally powered by a single, ten cylinder, Fairbanks Morse diesel engine. She was a single screw tug, rated at 2,000 horsepower. Her original engine was removed, and replaced with two, EMD 12-645-F7B diesel engines. Her single propeller, and rudder was replaced with two, Ulstein 1650 "z drives." For a rated 5,150 horsepower.

In 2001, the Portland Tugboat and Shipdocking Company was acquired by the McAllister Towing and Transportation Company of New York, New York. Where the tug was renamed as the Patrick McAllister.

The conversion work to the tug, including restoration of her original, underwater submarine fendering. Was completed at the McAllister Towing and Transportation company's yard at Mariner's Harbor in Staten Island, New York.

The Patrick McAllister was the second tractor tug to enter service for McAllister Towing and Transportation.

The tug's capacities are 31,000 gallons of fuel oil, and 710 gallons of lube oil and 1,290 gallons of potable water.

She was outfitted with a Goulds fire pump. Driven by a single, 6-71 diesel engine rated at 2,000 Gallons Per Minute. Feeding two monitors, rated for 1,500 Gallons Per Minute foam capacity.

Her towing equipment was modified as well. With the installation of a JonRie InterTech 200 winch, mounted on her bow. Equipped with 450(ft) of 7(in) Neutron Rope.
(NavSource Online, Captain Patrick Fournier)


  • Vessel Name: YTB-825 "WATHENA"
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1103018
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8972584
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDB2188
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: YTB 825
  • Ship Builder: MARINETTE MARINE CORPORATION
  • Year Built: 1973
  • Length: 102.8
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 16.3
  • Hull Breadth: 29
  • Gross Tonnage: 196
  • Net Tonnage: 131
  • Owner:
    MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION CO INC
    17 BATTERY PLACE
    NEW YORK, NY 10004
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    YTB-825 (Wathena), Wathena, FOURNIER SPIRIT
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    United States Navy, General Services Administration, Stamford Service, Inc., MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION CO INC