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YTB-780 "SAUGUS"

Built in 1965 by Marinette Marine Corporation at Marinette, Wisconsin as the YTB-780 "Saugus" (hull #YTB 780) for the United States Navy.

A Natick class large harbor tug. She was the third in the United States Navy to bare the name. Named after a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, based upon a word taken from the Algonquin language.

Her keel was laid on November 8th, 1964. The tug was launched on August 3rd, 1965, and delivered to the United States Navy on November 10th, 1965. She was stricken from the Naval Register on 28 October 1997.

In 2000 the tug was acquired by the Dahl Tug and Barge Company of Seattle, Washington, where she was renamed as the Ocean Eagle.

In 2006 she was acquired by the Coos Bay Towboat Company of Coos Bay, Oregon where she was renamed as the Empire.

The tug was later acquired by Jerry White of Coos Bay, Oregon, where she was renamed as the Reece Eagle.

In 2017, she was acquired by DeForge Maritime Towing LLC of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.

Her powerplant consists of a Fairbanks-Morse 38 D 8 1/8 diesel with Western 157PCMR-5 5.95:1 reduction gear, turning a single 144(in) by 112(in) 4-blade stainless steel propellor, for a rated 2,000 horsepower.

Electrical service is provided by two Detroit 6-71 75kW generators.

The tug's towing equipment consists of a Swain single drum winch fitted with 2,800(ft) of 1 3/4(in) line.


  • Vessel Name: YTB-780 "SAUGUS"
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1107892
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9068160
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Recreational, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD5226
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: YTB780
  • Ship Builder: MARINETTE MARINE CORPORATION
  • Year Built: 1965
  • Length: 102.7
  • Hailing Port: COOS BAY OR
  • Hull Depth: 16.3
  • Hull Breadth: 28.9
  • Gross Tonnage: 147
  • Net Tonnage: 100
  • Owner:
    DEFORGE MARITIME TOWING LLC
    1441 N NORTHLAKE WAY
    SEATTLE, WA 98103
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    YTB-780 "SAUGUS", OCEAN EAGLE, EMPIRE, OCEAN EAGLE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    UNITED STATES NAVY, DAHL TUG AND BARGE COMPANY, COOS BAY TOWBOAT COMPANY, Jerry White