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GASPEE
Pictured as: the Gaspee (John C. Hadfield) Photo courtesy of: Bob Beegle

Built in 1940, by Russell Erie Basin Shipyard of Brooklyn, New York for an undisclosed party.

In 1940, the unfinished hull was acquired by the Providence Steamboat Company of Providence, Rhode Island. Where she was named as the Gaspee.

She was the second tug to bare the name, the first tug Gaspee. Was wrecked during the hurricane of 1938.

In 2004, the tug was acquired by John C. Hadfield of Providence, Rhode Island. Where she retained her name.

In 2014, she was acquired by Captain Kevin Hunt of Ocean State Tugs and Barges Incorporated of Warwick, Rhode Island. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2014, she was acquired by Acushnet Marine Incorporated of Boston, Massachusetts. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2015, she went out of documentation. Her current and or final disposition is unknown. Originally powered by a single, Nelseco diesel engine. Rated at 1,440 horsepower. She was repowered in 1960 by Blount Marine Incorporated of Warren, Rhode Island. With a single, Fairbanks-Morse, ten cylinder, diesel engine For a rated at 1,800 horsepower. She was a single screw tug rated at 1,800 horsepower.
(David Wright, Roger Francis, Tom Rush)


  • Vessel Name: GASPEE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0239432
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 05126562
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDC9710
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: RUSSELL ERIE BASIN SHIPYARD INC
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Length: 94
  • Hailing Port: BOSTON, MA.
  • Hull Depth: 14.3
  • Hull Breadth: 24.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 201
  • Net Tonnage: 136
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    GASPEE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Providence Steamboat Co., JOHN C HADFIELD, Ocean State Tugs and Barges, ACUSHNET MARINE INC, JOHN C HADFIELD