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ROGER WILLIAMS
Pictured as: the Eric R. Thornton (Thornton Bros.) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1960, by Blount Marine Incorporated of Warren, Rhode Island (hull #59) as the Roger Williams for the Providence Steamboat Company of Providence, Rhode Island.

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 2014, the tug was acquired by Thornton Brothers Towing and Transportation Company of Allendale, New Jersey. Where she was renamed as the Eric R. Thornton.

Powered by a single, EMD diesel engine. She is a single screw tug, rated at 2,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: ROGER WILLIAMS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 280540
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 6400795
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD7527
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 59
  • Ship Builder: BLOUNT MARINE BLOUNT BOATS
  • Year Built: 1960
  • Length: 95.1
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 12.4
  • Hull Breadth: 26
  • Gross Tonnage: 196
  • Net Tonnage: 133
  • Owner:
    MARINE STEEL TRANSPORT LINE LLC
    372 E ALLENDALE AVENUE
    ALLENDALE, NJ 07401
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    ROGER WILLIAMS
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    PROVIDENCE STEAMBOAT ENTERPRISES LLC, MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION CO INC