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WYE RIVER
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2008, by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders of Houma, Louisiana (hull #134) as the Wye River for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Maryland.

She was the tenth Patapsco class tug designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. And constructed by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders for the Vane Brothers Company.

Named for the Wye River, which is a 16.3 mile long tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It was named by the Lloyd family, Edward Lloyd a delegate, and Edward Lloyd Governor of Maryland. After the River Wye in Wales.

It falls within Queen Anne's County and Talbot County, and joins the Miles River near its mouth to the Eastern Bay.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF-872 reduction gears. Turning two, 97(in), fixed pitch, propellers. Mounted in CNF, Type 37, kort nozzles. For a rated 4,200 horsepower.

The tug's electrical service is provided by two, 72kW, Caterpillar 3054T generator sets. Her capacities are 89,910 gallons of fuel oil, and 8,816 of potable water.

Her towing gear consists of an INTERcon, double drum, towing winch. Driven by a dedicated John Deere diesel engine.


  • Vessel Name: WYE RIVER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1208437
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9512379
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE3583
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 134
  • Ship Builder: THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Length: 95.8
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 14.3
  • Hull Breadth: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 67
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    4925 FORT MIFFLIN ROAD
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19153
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC