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Built in 1953, by the Roamer Boat Company of Holland, Michigan (hull #45WB711) as the 45WB711 for the United States Navy.

The tug was later acquired by the Norfolk Dredging Company of Chesapeake, Virginia. Where she was renamed as the R.J. Thorne.

She is a single screw tug, rated at 320 horsepower.

  • Vessel Name: 45WB711
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1174815
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 45WB711
  • Ship Builder: Roamer Boat Co.
  • Year Built: 1953
  • Length: 46
  • Hailing Port: NORFOLK, VA.
  • Hull Depth: 7
  • Hull Breadth: 13
  • Gross Tonnage: 27
  • Net Tonnage: 21
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    45WB711, R.J. THORNE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    United States Navy