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DONNA KAY
Pictured as: the Grape Ape (Hays Tug and Launch) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1965, by Bollinger Shipyard of Lockport, Louisiana (hull #68) as the Triumph for the Piney Point Transportation Company of Chesapeake, Virginia.

The tug was designed, and built, with a low profile to pass underneath bridges on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in the Chesapeake Bay.

In 1997, the Piney Point Transportation Company was acquired by the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Where the tug was renamed as the Donna Kay. Named for Donna K. Kuemmer, who was the Vane Brothers Company's Chief Administrative Officer.

In 2014, the tug was acquired by the Hays Tug and Launch Company of Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Where she was renamed as the Grape Ape. And, was outfitted with an upper wheelhouse.

Powered by two, Caterpillar diesel engines. The tug is a twin screw, square bow, pushboat rated at 1,800 horsepower.
(Jeff Schurr, Captain Larry Strohm)


  • Vessel Name: DONNA KAY
  • USCG Doc. No.: 521078
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8987060
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD9650
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 68
  • Ship Builder: BOLLINGER MACHINE SHOP
  • Year Built: 1969
  • Length: 71.5
  • Hailing Port: PHILADELPHIA, PA.
  • Hull Depth: 7.4
  • Hull Breadth: 26
  • Gross Tonnage: 162
  • Net Tonnage: 110
  • Owner:
    D&L TUGBOAT COMPANY
    9 RABBIT RUN
    WALLINGFORD, PA 19086
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    TRIUMPH, DONNA KAY, DONNA KAY
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Piney Point Transportation Inc., VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC