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POCOMOKE
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2008, by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders of Houma, Louisiana (hull #135) as the Pocomoke for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

She was the eleventh Patapsco Patapsco class tug designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. And constructed by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders for the Vane Brothers Company.

Named for the Pocomoke River, which stretches approximately 66 miles from southern Delaware through southeastern Maryland. At its mouth, the river is an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. Where the upper river flows through a series of relatively inaccessible wetlands called the Great Cypress Swamp, largely populated by Loblolly Pine, Red Maple and Baldcypress.

The river is the easternmost river that flows into Chesapeake Bay and is reputed to be one of the deepest rivers for its width in the world. “Pocomoke” is interpreted from the the Algonquian languages as "dark (or black) water" Algonquian languages. Derived from the words for "broken (or pierced) ground," and referring to the farming practices of the surrounding indigenous peoples.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF-872 reduction gears. Turning two, 97(in), fixed pitch, propellers. Mounted in CNF, Type 37, kort nozzles. For a rated 4,200 horsepower.

The tug's electrical service is provided by two, 72kW, Caterpillar 3054T generator sets. Her capacities are 89,910 gallons of fuel oil, and 8,816 of potable water.

Her towing gear consists of an INTERcon, double drum, towing winch. Driven by a dedicated John Deere diesel engine.


  • Vessel Name: POCOMOKE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1212429
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9535084
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE5802
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 135
  • Ship Builder: THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Length: 94.8
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 14.3
  • Hull Breadth: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 67
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    2100 FRANK FURST AVE
    BALTIMORE, MD 21226
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC