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McALLISTER BOYS (1966)
Photo by: Marc Piche

Built in 1966, by McDermott Shipyard Incorporated of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #129) as the Denise D. Defelice for the Defelice Marine Towing Company of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

In 1980, the Defelice Marine Towing Company was acquired by Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1985, Zapata Marine Service, Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated, and Jackson Marine Services merged to form Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1992, Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated merged with Tidewater Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the El Buey Grande

In 1998, the tug was acquired by the Jore Corporation of Seattle, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Enforcer.

In 2001, she was acquired by McAllister Towing and Transportation of New York, New York. Where the tug was renamed as the McAllister Boys.

In 2012, the tug was acquired by undisclosed foreign interests. Her current, and or final disposition is unknown.

She was powered by two, EMD 16-645-CE2, diesel engines. With Falk reduction gears, at a ratio of 4:1. Turning two, 104(in) by 88(in), stainless steel, fixed pitch, propellers. For a rated 3,600 horsepower.

Her capacities were 123,064 gallons of fuel oil, 1,000 gallons of lube oil and 1,500 gallons of potable water. The tug was also outfitted with three fire stations.

The towing equipment consisted of a Markey, double drum, towing winch. Outfitted with 2,200(ft) of 2(in) towing wire on each drum.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Captain Ron Greger, Kyle Stubbs)


  • Vessel Name: McALLISTER BOYS (1966)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 502610
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7939028
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDA4207
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 129
  • Ship Builder: MCDERMOTT SHIPYARDS
  • Year Built: 1966
  • Length: 122.7
  • Hull Depth: 11.2
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 199
  • Net Tonnage: 135
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Denise D. DeFelice, El Buey Grande, Enforcer, MCALLISTER BOYS
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    DeFelice Marine Towing Co., Gulf Fleet Marine Inc., Zapata Gulf Marine Inc., Tidewater Marine Inc., TIDEWATER MARINE, Jore Corp., MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC