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FISHING CREEK
Photo courtesy of: Capt. James A. Demske

Built in 2017, by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation of Salisbury, Maryland (hull #123) as the Fishing Creek for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

Designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. She will be the thirteenth Sassafras class tug constructed for the Vane Brothers Company.

Named for Fishing Creek, Maryland. Which is located on a narrow island served primarily by Hoopers Island Road. Fishing Creek has a restaurant, called Old Salty's, a post office, and a general store named Hooper's Island General Store, as well as crabbing businesses.

The village is on the upper island of the three island chain known as Hoopers Island. Located about 15 miles south of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and 24 miles south of Cambridge. Hoopersville, on Middle Hooper Island.

Powered by two, Tier III complaint, Caterpillar 3512 diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG 6500 reduction gears, at a ratio of 6.04:1. Turning two, Rolls Royce, Troost, 87(in), four bladed, fixed pitch, propellers. For a rated 3,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, Tier III complaint, 99kW, John Deere generator sets. The tug's capacities are 65,575 gallons of fuel, 2,068 gallons of lube oil, and 2,890 gallons of water.

The towing gear consists of a single drum, JonRie InterTech towing winch. Driven by a single, John Deere 4045 diesel engine. With an electric, JonRie InterTech, deck capstan mounted on her stern.


  • Vessel Name: FISHING CREEK
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1268772
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDJ3477
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 119
  • Ship Builder: CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Length: 90.2
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 13.5
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 72
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    2100 FRANKFURST AVENUE
    BALTIMORE, MD 21226
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP, CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP, CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP, CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP, CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP, CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP, CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP