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ESSO TENNESSEE (1965)
Pictured as: the Tennessee (Amherst-Madison) Photo by: Amherst-Madison

Built in 1965, by the Dravo Corporation of Neville Island, Pennsylvania (hull #4842) as the Esso Tennessee for the Esso Shipping Company of Wilmington Delaware.

In 1972, the Esso Shipping Company became Exxon Shipping Company of Wilmington, Delaware. Where the tug initially retained her name.

In 1973, the Exxon Shipping Company renamed the tug as the Exxon Tennessee.

In 1993, in the wake of the Exxon Valdez incident. The Exxon Shipping Company was rebranded as the SeaRiver Maritime Company of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the S/R Tennessee.

In 2000, she was acquired by the Madison Coal and Supply Company of Charleston, West Virginia. Where she was renamed as the Tennessee.

In 2010, the Madison Coal and Supply Company, become Amherst Madison Incorporated of Charleston, West Virginia. Where the tug retained her name.

Powered by two, Fairbanks Morse 38D8 diesel engines. The tug is fitted with kort nozzles, for a rated 4,320 horsepower.
(Auke Visser, Robert Silva)


  • Vessel Name: ESSO TENNESSEE (1965)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 502171
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8836584
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE2124
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 4842
  • Ship Builder: DRAVO CORPORATION
  • Year Built: 1966
  • Length: 139.5
  • Hailing Port: CHARLESTON, WV.
  • Hull Depth: 8
  • Hull Breadth: 42.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 760
  • Net Tonnage: 517
  • Owner:
    AMHERST MADISON INC
    2 PORT AMHERST DRIVE
    CHARLESTON, WV 25306
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Esso Tennessee, EXXON TENNESSEE, S/R TENNESSEE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Esso Shipping Co., Exxon Shipping Co., SeaRiver Maritime Inc., MADISON COAL AND SUPPLY COMPANY INC, AMHERST MADISON INC