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GRETCHEN

Built in 1967, by Bludworth Shipyard Incorporated of Corpus Christi, Texas (hull #68) as the Gretchen for the Suderman and Young Towing Company of Houston, Texas.

Along with the Bay Houston Towing Company of Houston, Texas. The Suderman and Young Towing Company was part of a combined operating company, the G and H Towing Company of Houston, Texas.

In 2011, the G and H Towing Company became part of a joint venture between the Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut. Serving the Cameron LNG facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana.

In 2011, the tug was acquired by the Bocas Fruit Company of Changuinola, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Subsidiary of the Chiquita Brands of Wilmington, Delaware. Where the tug was renamed as the Boca Del Drago.

Powered by a single, Cleveland 16-278A diesel engine. The tug was repowered in 1991, with a single EMD 16-645CL diesel engine. With a Western RHS marine reduction gear, at a ratio of 2.98:1. Turning a single, 96(in) by 66(in), four bladed propeller, via a 11.5(in) diameter shaft. She was a single screw tug, rated at 1,700 horsepower.

Her towing gear consisted of a single drum, hydraulic capstan, mounted on her port side stern.


  • Vessel Name: GRETCHEN
  • USCG Doc. No.: 5112490
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise, Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WY2200
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 68
  • Ship Builder: BLUDWORTH SHIPYARD INC
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 82.3
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 10.5
  • Hull Breadth: 26.8
  • Gross Tonnage: 138
  • Net Tonnage: 94
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    GRETCHEN, GRETCHEN
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    N CLAXTON RAYZOR, G&H TOWING COMPANY, G&H TOWING COMPANY, BOCAS FRUIT CO L.L.C.