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TUCANA
Pictured as: the Pelham (Henry Marine) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1960, by Southern Shipbuilding of Slidell, Louisiana (hull #29) as the Esso Pelham for the Esso Shipping Company of Wilmington, Delaware.

In 1972, the Esso Shipping Company became the Exxon Shipping Company of Wilmington, Delaware. Where she was renamed as the Exxon Pelham.

In 1989, the tug was acquired by Marine Petroleum Transportation Company of Wilmington, Delaware. Where she was renamed as the M.P.T. Pelham.

In 1994, she was acquired by an operator based in New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Little Joe.

In 2005, the tug was acquired by the Constellation Maritime Company of Manchester, Massachusetts. Where she was renamed as the Tucana.

In 2006, the Constellation Maritime Company was acquired by the Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2007, she was chartered to Wilmington Tug Incorporated of New Castle, Delaware. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2009, the tug was returned to the Constellation Maritime Company of Manchester, Massachusetts. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2011, the Constellation Maritime Company was absorbed back into the Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug retained her name. And, remained in Boston, Massachusetts. But, was "laid up."

In 2012, the tug was acquired by McAllister Towing and Transportation of New York, New York. Where she retained her name.

In 2013, she was acquired by Henry Marine Incorporated of Staten Island, New York. Where the tug was renamed as the Pelham.

Powered by two, 16-149 TI diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG540 reduction gears, at a ratio of 7:1. For a rated 3,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 60kW generator sets. The tug's capacities are 10,016 gallons of fuel oil, 275 gallons of lube oil and 800 gallons of water.
(Auke Visser, Captain Brian Fournier)


  • Vessel Name: TUCANA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 002823800
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 0510818200
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD3620
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 29
  • Ship Builder: SOUTHERN SHIPBUILDING COR
  • Year Built: 1960
  • Length: 80.4
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 9.3
  • Hull Breadth: 26.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 175
  • Net Tonnage: 119
  • Owner:
    HENRY MARINE SERVICE INC
    12 CRAIG AVENUE
    STATEN ISLAND, NY 10307
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Esso Pelham, EXXON PELHAM, M.P.T. PELHAM, Little Joe, TUCANA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Esso Shipping Co., Exxon Shipping Co., Marine Petroleum Transportation Co., TUCANA TUG CORPORATION, FOSS ATLANTIC INC, CONSTELLATION MARITIME COMPANY, CONSTELLATION MARITIME COMPANY, FOSS MARITIME COMPANY, MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION CO INC