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ELLENA HICKS
Pictured as: the Colleen McAllister (McAllister Towing) Photo by: Nate Lopez

Built in 1967, by the Gulfport Shipbuilding Corporation of Port Arthur, Texas (hull #685) as the Ellena Hicks for the Gulfcoast Transit Company of Tampa, Florida. A subsidiary of the Tampa Electric Company of Tampa, Florida.

In 2002, the Gulfcoast Transit Company became the TECO Ocean Shipping Company of Tampa, Florida. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2003, the tug was acquired by the McAllister Towing and Transportation Company of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Colleen McAllister.

In 2016, she was acquired by the Port City Tug Company of Muskegon, Michigan. Where the tug retained her name. And the tug was "laid up" at Grosse Point, Michigan.

Powered by two, twelve cylinder, EMD 12-645-E5 diesel engines. With Falk reduction gears, at a ratio of 4.27:1. Turning two, cast steel, fixed pitch, propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 4,300 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 125kW generator sets. The tug's capacities are 70,378 gallons of fuel oil, 1,440 gallons of lube oil, and 2,467 gallons of potable water.

The towing gear consists of a Markey TYS 36, single drum, towing winch. Wquipped with 2,200(ft)of 2.25(in)towing wire. The winch can be run at two speeds. At high speed, which is rated at 25,000(lbs) or 100(ft) per minute or at low speed, which is rated at 50,000(lbs) or 5(ft) per minute.
(Isaac Pennock)


  • Vessel Name: ELLENA HICKS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 509646
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7338872
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDB6325
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 685
  • Ship Builder: GULFPORT SHIPBUILDING CORPORATION
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 112.7
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 13.8
  • Hull Breadth: 31.6
  • Gross Tonnage: 194
  • Net Tonnage: 132
  • Owner:
    PORT CITY TUG INC
    560 MART ST
    MUSKEGON
    MI, UNITED STATES 49440
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Ellena Hicks, COLLEEN McALLISTER
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Gulf Coast Transit Co. Inc., TECO OCEAN SHIPPING INC, MCALLISTER TOWING AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC, PORT CITY TUG INC