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PATRICE McALLISTER (1919)

Built in 1919, by Johnson Iron Works of New Orleans, Louisiana (hull #135) as the Degrey for the United States Shipping Board.

In 1920, she was reassigned to the United States Army. Where the tug retained her name.

The tug was later reassigned to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Where the tug was designated as the Major Frazer.

She was later acquired by the Avondale Towing Line of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the M&J Tracy.

In 1957, the tug acquired by the McAllister Brothers Towing Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed the Patrice McAllister.

On October 4th, 1976 the Patrice McAllister was in tow by the tug Judith McAllister. En route from Camden, New Jersey to Jersey City, New Jersey. Where the Patrice McAllister would undergo an overhaul of her main engine.

The wind increased and sea conditions deteriorated. The Patrice McAllister began to take on water, and eventually sank off of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The tug Judith McAllister was still attached to the wreck by her towing hawser. The tug stayed directly over the wreck until the Coast Guard was able mark the location with a buoy. The Patrice McAllister is still sitting upright and intact in 55(ft) of water. Repowered in 1957, she was a single screw tug. Rated at 1,600 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: PATRICE McALLISTER (1919)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 219162
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 135
  • Ship Builder: JOHNSON IRON WORKS
  • Year Built: 1919
  • Length: 93.9
  • Hailing Port: PHILADELPHIA, PA.
  • Hull Depth: 12
  • Hull Breadth: 24
  • Gross Tonnage: 196
  • Net Tonnage: 133
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Degrey, Degrey, Major Frazer, M&J Tracy, PATRICE MCALLISTER
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    United States Shipping Board, United States Army, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Avondale Towing Line, MCALLISTER BROTHERS INC, MCALLISTER BROTHERS INC