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CHESAPEAKE SUN
Pictured as: the Grape Ape (Hays Tug and Launch) Photo by: ShipJohn

Built 1952 by Arnold V. Walker Shipyard of Pascagoula, Mississippi. However, construction was completed by the G.B. Zigler Company of Jennings, Louisiana. As the Z-Twelve for the G.B. Zigler Company of Jennings, Louisiana.

In 1965, the tug was acquired by Sun Oil Transport Incorporated of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. Where she was renamed as the Chesapeake Sun.

In 1982, she was acquired by the Hays Tug and Launch Company of Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Where the tug was renamed as the Grape Ape.

In 2004, the tug was removed from active service. And, scrapped at the Hays Tug and Launch Company's yard at Chester, Pennsylvania.

Powered by two GM 12-567 diesel engines. She was a twin screw, square bow push boat rated at 1,800 horsepower.
(Birk Thomas)


  • Vessel Name: CHESAPEAKE SUN
  • USCG Doc. No.: 266609
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WF3032
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: Arnold V. Walker Shipyard
  • Year Built: 1952
  • Length: 95.9
  • Hailing Port: PHILADELPHIA, PA.
  • Hull Depth: 8.6
  • Hull Breadth: 28.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 229
  • Net Tonnage: 100
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Z-Twelve, Chesapeake Sun, Grape Ape
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    G.B. Zigler Co., Sun Oil Transport Inc, BIG DADDY TUGBOAT COMPANY, BIG DADDY TUGBOAT COMPANY