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WESTERN COMET
Pictured as: the Wallace E. (SDS Lumber Company) Photo by: Kyle Stubbs

Built in 1967, by the Albina Engine and Machine Works of Portland, Oregon (hull #399) as the Western Comet for the Western Transportation Company of Portland, Oregon.

The tug was later acquired by Tidewater Barge Lines Incorporated of Vancouver, Washington. Where she retained her name.

In 2004, she was acquired by the Brusco Tug and Barge Company of Longview, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2011, she was acquired by the SDS Lumber Company of Bingen, Washington. Where the tug was renamed as the Wallace E.

She Is a twin screw towboat, rated at 3,000 horsepower.
(Kyle Stubbs)


  • Vessel Name: WESTERN COMET
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0511362
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8936580
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDF9394
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 399
  • Ship Builder: ALBINA ENGINE & MACHINE
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 115
  • Hailing Port: BINGEN, WA.
  • Hull Depth: 9.5
  • Hull Breadth: 35
  • Gross Tonnage: 299
  • Net Tonnage: 203
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    WESTERN COMET, WALLACE E
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    WESTERN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, TIDEWATER BARGE LINES INC, BRUSCO TUG AND BARGE INC, OREGON SEALARK LLC, SDS LUMBER COMPANY