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REECE EAGLE
Photo by: Kyle Stubbs

Built in 1965, by the Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin (hull #YTB 780) as the YTB-780 (Saugus) 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 for a town in Essex County, Massachusetts. And, 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 October 28th, 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.

In 2015, the tug was acquired by an individual named Jerry W. White of Coos Bay, Oregon. Where she was renamed as the Reece Eagle.

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

Powered by a single, Fairbanks-Morse 38 D 8 1/8 Diesel engine. With Western 157PCMR-5 reduction gear, at a ratio of 5.95:1. Turning a single, 144(in) by 112(in), four bladed, stainless steel, fixed pitch propeller. She is a single screw tug, rated at 2,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 75kW generator sets. Driven by two, Detroit 6-71 diesel engines.

The tug's towing equipment consists of a single drum, Swain towing winch. Outfitted with 2,800(ft) of 1.75(in) line.
(Kyle Stubbs, NavSource Online)


  • Vessel Name: REECE EAGLE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1107892
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9068160
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD5226
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: WTB780
  • Ship Builder: MARINETTE MARINE CORPORATION
  • Year Built: 1965
  • Length: 102.7
  • Hailing Port: KETCHIKAN, AK.
  • Hull Depth: 16.3
  • Hull Breadth: 28.9
  • Gross Tonnage: 147
  • Net Tonnage: 100
  • 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 W WHITE, DEFORGE MARITIME TOWING LLC