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WILLAMETTE PILOT III

Built in 1978 by Service Machine Industries at Amelia, Louisiana as the Willamette Pilot III for the Willamette Tug and Barge Company of Portland, Oregon.

On March 2, 1985, while attempting to take a barge adrift in a storm under control, the tug suddenly sank 50 miles west of Point Arena, California, with the loss of all 6 crew members. She was not salvaged.


  • Vessel Name: WILLAMETTE PILOT III
  • USCG Doc. No.: 591951
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7631872
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: SERVICE MACHINE INDUSTRIES
  • Year Built: 1978
  • Length: 104
  • Hailing Port: PORTLAND, OR
  • Hull Depth: 12.6
  • Hull Breadth: 30
  • Gross Tonnage: 166
  • Net Tonnage: 113