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PUMA
Pictured as: the Deborah Quinn (Breakwater Marine) Photo by: Paul Strubeck

Built in 1962, by Diamond Manufacturing of Savannah, Georgia (hull #213) as the Jean Turecamo for the Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corporation of New York, New York.

The tug was the Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corporation's first twin screw tug. Designed by Turecamo's Naval Architect Merritt Demarest.

In 1992, while towing the barge Morania No. 310 off of Point Judith, Rhode Island the tug suffered a fire. The crew, with no means of combating the fire, abandoned the tug. And, sought refuge onboard the barge. A coast guard cutter was dispatched from the Cape Cod Canal in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts to tow the tug into Davisville, Rhode Island.

In the aftermath, the cause was determined to be two fold. Ignition was started as a result of faulty wiring, causing an electrical fire. Which in, turn melted the plastic sight tubes on the tug's day fuel tanks. This caused fuel to pour into the engine room, feeding the fire.

With the tug declared a loss. She was acquired by Edward Sanchez of the Massachusetts Towing Company of Fall River, Massachusetts. The company repaired the deck house, and the living quarters which had been destroyed by the fire. Sanchez added the rebuilt tug to his fleet of tugs operating out of Fall River, Massachusetts. Where she was renamed as the Puma.

In 1997, the Massachusetts Towing Company was acquired by the Providence Steamboat Company of Providence, Rhode Island. Where the tug retained her name.

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 2016, she was acquired by the Breakwater Marine Construction Company of Oyster Bay, New York. Where she was renamed as the Deborah Quinn.

Originally powered by two, Caterpillar diesel engines, turning two, fixed pitch, propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated rated at 2,200 horsepower. After the fire, the tug was repowered with two, eight cylinder, EMD-645-E2 diesel engines. For a rated 2,200 horsepower.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Paul Strubeck, Captain Christopher Roehrig)


  • Vessel Name: PUMA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 288578
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 5171191
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD9796
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: M-213
  • Ship Builder: DIAMOND MANUFACTURING COMPANY
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Length: 92.4
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 12
  • Hull Breadth: 27
  • Gross Tonnage: 224
  • Net Tonnage: 152
  • Owner:
    BREAKWATER MARINE CONSTRUCTION INC
    92A LEXINGTON AVE
    OYSTER BAY, NY 11771
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    JEAN TURECAMO, PUMA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Turecamo Coastal and Harbor Towing Corp., MASSACHUSETTS TOWING CO INC, Providence Steamboat Co., MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC, MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC