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BRETON
Pictured as: the Big Mama (Hays Tug and Launch Company) Photo by: Paul Strubeck

Built in 1925, by the Bethlehem Steel Company Incorporated of Wilmington, Delaware (hull #3497) as the Stroudsburg for the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad of Lackawanna, New Jersey.

The tug was later sold, where she was renamed as the Breton, then as the Seminole, and then as the Brigitte Harper.

She was later acquired by the Hays Tug and Launch Company of Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Where the tug was renamed as the Big Mama.

In 1964, the tug was acquired by the Indian Towing Company of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Breton.

In 1962, the tug was repowered with a Fairbank-Morse 38D diesel engine. For a rated 1,800 horsepower.

In 1995, the tug was reefed.
(Paul Strubeck, Birk Thomas)


  • Vessel Name: BRETON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 225256
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 3497
  • Ship Builder: Bethlehem Steel Company, INC.
  • Year Built: 1925
  • Length: 92
  • Hailing Port: PHILADELPHIA, PA.
  • Hull Depth: 12
  • Hull Breadth: 24.4
  • Gross Tonnage: 189
  • Net Tonnage: 128
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Stroudsburg, Breton, Seminole, Brigitte Harper, BIG MAMA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad Co., Indian Towing Co., BIG MAMA TUGBOAT COMPANY, INC