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CHRISTINE M. McALLISTER
Pictured: as the Christine McAllister (McAllister Towing) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1975, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #289) as the Tara Lynn S. for Nolty J. Theriot Offshore Incorporated of Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

In 1984, the tug was sold. Where she was renamed as the Polar 2.

In 1985, she was acquired by the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois. Where she was renamed as the William L. Colnon.

In 2003, the tug was acquired by the McAllister Towing and Transportation Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Christine M. McAllister.

Powered by two, EMD 16-645-E5 diesel engines. With Lufkin reduction gears, at ratio of 4.98:1. Turning two, cast steel, fixed pitch propellers. She is a twin screw tug, fitted with kort nozzles. For a rated 6,000 horsepower.

The tug's capacities are 184,000 gallons of fuel oil, 5,086 gallons of lube oil, and 14,244 gallons of potable water.

Her towing equipment consists of an INTERcon double drum towing winch. Outfitted with 3,500(ft) of 2.25(in) towing wire on one drum. And 2,500(ft) of 2.25(in) towing wire on the second drum. As well as a QMC 5555 PED deck crane with a Safe Working Load (SWL) of 38,000(lbs) at 10(ft) to 55(ft).

Her upper wheelhouse allows for a height of eye of 53(ft) 3(in). Outfitted with four fire stations. The tug is ABS Classed +A-1 Towing, A.M.S., Ice Class C.


  • Vessel Name: CHRISTINE M. McALLISTER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 563058
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7390985
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDB4780
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 289
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS, INC.
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Length: 125.5
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 14.4
  • Hull Breadth: 38
  • Gross Tonnage: 198
  • Net Tonnage: 143
  • Owner:
    MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC
    17 BATTERY PLACE
    NEW YORK, NY 10004
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Tara Lynn S., Polar 2, WILLIAM L. COLNON
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Nolty J. Theriot Offshore Inc., GREAT LAKES DREDGE & DOCK COMPANY, MARINE ASSET RENTAL SERVICES INC, MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC.