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WILLIAM DOLARD
Photo by: Isaac Pennock

Built in 1903, by Neafie and Levy Shipbuilders of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (hull #965) as the Radiant for the Atlantic Refining Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1917, during the period of the United States' participation in World War I. The United States Navy inspected the tug for possible acquisition. She was assigned her the hull number ID-1324 in anticipation of commissioning her as USS Radiant. However, the Navy never took possession of the tug.

In 1933, she was acquired by Sheridan Towing Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A subsidiary of Ira S. Bushey and Sons of Brooklyn, New York. Where she was renamed as the Anna Sheridan. While under the ownership of the Sheridan Transportation Company the tug was converted from steam propulsion to diesel propulsion.

In 1962, the tug was acquired by the Hays Tug and Launch Company of Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Where she was renamed as the Princess.

In 1977, she was acquired by Wakeham and Sons Limited, a subsidiary of Wakeham Limited of the United Kingdom. Who redocumented under a Canadian registry. Where she was renamed as the Princess No. 1.

The tug was later acquired by Marine Services Incorporated of Oak Park, Michigan. Where she was redocumented in the United States. Where she was renamed as the William Dolard. And, was "laid up" at Marine Services Incorporated's yard on the Old Rouge River near Detroit, Michigan.

She was powered by a single EMD 12-567A diesel engine. For a rated 900 horsepower.
(Birk Thomas, Isaac Pennock)


  • Vessel Name: WILLIAM DOLARD
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1216126
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Recreational, Registry
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 965
  • Ship Builder: Neafie & Levy
  • Year Built: 1903
  • Length: 77.1
  • Hailing Port: DETROIT, MI.
  • Hull Depth: 7.9
  • Hull Breadth: 20.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 82
  • Net Tonnage: 65
  • Owner:
    EVERETTE J GAYTON
    23546 FOREST
    OAK PARK, MI 48237
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Radiant, USS Radiant (ID-1324), ANNA SHERIDAN, PRINCESS, PRINCESS NO. 1, WILLIAM DOLARD
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Atlantic Refining Company Co., Sheridan Transportation Co., Hays Tug and Launch Co., Wakeham and Sons LTD., Marine Services Inc., EVERETTE J GAYTON