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Photo Courtesy of : Christopher Roehrig

Built in 1966, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #170) as the Morania No. 16 for the Morania Oil Tanker Corporation.

In August of 1982, the tug sunk. The tug was alongside the Tanker Exxon Huntington in the "Kills" (the waterway separating New Jersey and Staten Island, New York)under the Bayonne Bridge. She "rolled" up the side of the ship when the pilot increased speed, all the crew members evacuated to safety. After the sinking, Morania sold the tug "as is."

In 1984, a Pacific Northwest company purchased the tug, and completely rebuilt her, and brought her to the Seattle, Washington area where she was renamed as the Haida Warrior.

She spent several years working in the Pacific Northwest and Alaskan waters.

The tug was later renamed as the Northern Warrior.

In 1990, she was acquired by Shaver Transportation where she was renamed as the Hercules and operated her as both docking ships in Portland, Oregon on the Columbia River and towing barges along the west coast.

In 1998, she was acquired by the Gulf-Inland Marine Corporation of Houma, Louisiana. She was retrofitted for a long term contract working in the Caribbean.

After spending several years laid-up, the tug was scrapped at Bayou La Batre, Alabama in 2018.
(Christopher Roehrig, Kyle Stubbs)

  • Vessel Name: MORANIA NO. 16
  • USCG Doc. No.: 504658
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: WCY3383
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCY3383
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 170
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS, INC.
  • Year Built: 1966
  • Length: 94.7
  • Hailing Port: HOUMA, LA.
  • Hull Depth: 8.8
  • Hull Breadth: 30
  • Gross Tonnage: 191
  • Net Tonnage: 130
  • Owner:
    5342 HWY 311
    HOUMA, LA 70360
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Morania No. 16, Haida Warrior, Northern Warrior
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Morania Oil Tanker Corp., Shaver Transportation, Gulf Inland Marine Corp.