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SUN CHIEF
Pictured as the: Sun Chief (Vane Brothers) Photo by: The Vane Brothers Company

Built in 1971, by Atlantic Marine Incorporated of Jacksonville, Florida (hull #76) as the Sun Chief for Sun State Marine Services Incorporated of Jacksonville, Florida. A subsidy of the Colonial Oil Company of Savannah, Georgia.

In 2002, the Chatham Towing Company merged with the Colonial Towing Company of Savannah, Georgia. To form the Chatham-Colonial Towing Company of Savannah, Georgia. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2013, the Chatham-Colonial Towing Company was acquired by the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Where the tug retained her name.

She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 850 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: SUN CHIEF
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0536753
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 08971566
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WYZ6441
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 76
  • Ship Builder: ATLANTIC MARINE INC
  • Year Built: 1971
  • Length: 64
  • Hailing Port: JACKSONVILLE, FL.
  • Hull Depth: 7.7
  • Hull Breadth: 25.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 142
  • Net Tonnage: 96
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    4925 FORT MIFFLIN ROAD
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19153
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Sun State Marine Services Inc., COLONIAL TOWING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC