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STEPHEN DANN
Pictured as: the Candace Elise (Ashton Marine) Photo by: Pat Brufladt

Built in 1981, by Modern Marine Power, Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #38) as the Perseverance.

In 1983, the tug was was sold. Where she was renamed as the Mr. Bill G.

In 1990, she was acquired by Tidewater Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the El Rhino Grande.

In 1997, the tug was acquired by the Dann Ocean Towing Company of Tampa, Florida. Where she was renamed the Stephen Dann.

In 2015, she was acquired by the Ashton Marine Company of North Muskegon, Michigan. Where the tug was renamed as the Candace Elise.

Powered by two Caterpillar 3512TA diesel engines. With Caterpillar 7271 reduction gears at ratio 7.00:1.00. Turning via 8(in) shafts, two 79(in) diameter by 80(in) fixed pitch, four bladed, stainless steel propellers. Mounted in port nozzles. For a rated 2,600 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two 99kW generators. Driven by two John Deere 6068 diesel engines . The tug's capacities are 50,000 gallons of fuel, 800 gallons of hydraulic oil, 1,900 gallons of lube Oil, 5,600 gallons of wash water, and 8,000 gallons of potable water.

The tug's towing gear consists of an INTERcon, double drum, DD-175 towing winch. Outfitted with 2,000(ft) of 1.75(in) towing wire on the primary drum. And, 2,000(ft) of 1.75(in) towing wire on the secondary drum.
(Birk Thomas, Pat Brufladt)


  • Vessel Name: STEPHEN DANN
  • USCG Doc. No.: 636165
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8016380
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDB2111
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 38
  • Ship Builder: MODERN MARINE POWER, INC.
  • Year Built: 1981
  • Length: 100
  • Hailing Port: NORTH MUSKEGON, MI.
  • Hull Depth: 14
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 199
  • Net Tonnage: 168
  • Owner:
    Ashton Marine, LLC
    329 W. Circle Drive
    North Muskegon, MI 49445
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Perseverance, Mr. Bill G., El Rhino Grande, STEPHEN DANN, STEPHEN DANN
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Twenty Grand Offshore, STEPHEN DANN INC, STEPHEN DANN INC