Built in 1939, by Canulette Shipbuilding Company of Slidell, Louisiana (hull #983) as the Rowen Card for the Card Towing Company of Norfolk, Virginia.
In 1940, she was acquired by the United States Navy. Where she was designated as the YN-44 (Tamaha). However, the tug was later redesignated as the YNT-12 (Tamaha).
In 1947, the tug was returned to the Card Towing Company of Norfolk, Virginia. Where the tug was renamed as the Rowen Card .
In 1947, she was acquired by the McAllister Brothers Towing Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the A.J. McAllister.
In 2003 she was reefed off the coast of New Jersey.
Repowered in 1960, she was a single screw tug rated at 1,800 horsepower.