Built in 1960, by Blount Marine Incorporated of Warren, Rhode Island (hull #59) as the Roger Williams for the Providence Steamboat Company of Providence, Rhode Island.
In 2006, the Providence Steamboat Company was acquired by the McAllister Towing and Transportation Company of New York, New York. Where the tug retained her name.
In 2014, the tug was acquired by Thornton Brothers Towing and Transportation Company of Allendale, New Jersey. Where she was renamed as the Eric R. Thornton.
In 2018, she was acquired by Legacy Marine Incorporated of Boston, Massachusetts. Where she was renamed as the Preston James.
Powered by a single, EMD diesel engine. She is a single screw tug, rated at 2,000 horsepower.