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PORT JEFFERSON
Pictured as: the Austin Krause (Krause Towing) Photo by: J. Supik

Built in in 1957, by Ira S. Bushey and Sons of Brooklyn, New York (hull #612) as the tug Port Jefferson for the Red Star Towing Company Incorporated of Brooklyn, New York.

In 1977, the Red Star Towing Company was acquired by the Hess Oil Corporation of New York, New York. To form the Spentonbush-Red Star Companies of Brooklyn, New York. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1989, the Spentonbush-Red Star Companies were acquired the Amerada Hess Oil Corporation of New York, New York. Establishing the Amerada Hess Oil Corporation's marine division.

In 2001, the Hess Oil Corporation's fleet was acquired by Leevac Marine Incorporated of Jennings, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the Port Service.

In 2001, she was acquired by Constellation Towing Company of Manchester, Massachusetts. Where the tug was renamed as the Ursa.

In 2006, the Constellation Towing Company was acquired by the Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug retained her name, but was "laid up" at Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2008, the tug was acquired by the Krause Marine Towing Company of Perry Hall, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Austin Krause.

She is a single screw tug, rated at 2,400 horsepower.
(Captain Christopher Roehrig, Robert Silva)


  • Vessel Name: PORT JEFFERSON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 02745120
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8332124
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDB4459
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 612
  • Ship Builder: IRA S BUSHEY & SONS INC
  • Year Built: 1957
  • Length: 94.7
  • Hailing Port: NORFOLK, VA.
  • Hull Depth: 10
  • Hull Breadth: 27.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 198
  • Net Tonnage: 134
  • Owner:
    KRAUSE MARINE TOWING CORPORATION

    PERRY HALL, MD 21128
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Port Jefferson, PORT SERVICE, URSA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
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