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NAUPAKA
Photo by: John Wilson

Built in 1983, by Marco Shipbuilding Incorporated of Seattle, Washington (hull #457) as the Naupaka for the Mid-Pacific Towing Company of Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 1998, the tug was acquired by the Smith Maritime Company Honolulu, Hawaii. Which was a part of the Hawaiian Interisland Towing Company of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where she retained her name.

In 2007, the Smith Maritime Company was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership Incorporated of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2011, the K-Sea Transportation Partnership Incorporated was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2016, she was acquired by the P and R Water Taxi Company of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where the tug was renamed as the Kaku.

In 2017, the tug went out of documentation. Her current, and or final disposition is unknown. She was a twin screw tug, rated at 800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: NAUPAKA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 661812
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD9357
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 457
  • Ship Builder: MARCO SHIPBUILDING
  • Year Built: 1983
  • Length: 69.5
  • Hull Depth: 13.5
  • Hull Breadth: 26.6
  • Gross Tonnage: 96
  • Net Tonnage: 65
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    NAUPAKA, NAUPAKA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Mid-Pacific Towing Co., HAWAIIAN INTER ISLAND TOWING INC, K-SEA HAWAII INC, K-SEA HAWAII INC, STACY AKANA, P & R WATER TAXI LLC, P & R WATER TAXI LLC, P & R WATER TAXI LLC, P & R WATER TAXI LLC