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SAMSON
Pictured as: the Jack Brusco (Brusco Tug and Barge) Photo by: Kyle Stubbs

Built in 1966, by the Pacific Coast Engineering Company (PACECO) of Alameda, California (hull #215) as the Samson for Crowley Marine Services Incorporated of San Francisco, California.

She was the eighth Daring class tug constructed by the Pacific Coast Engineering Company for Crowley Marine Services Incorporated.

Designed by Naval Architect Phil Spaulding, the Daring class was the first class of tugs constructed for Crowley Marine Services. The design featured a simplified engine room. As well as gauges, alarms, and controls for the engine room in the wheelhouse.

This allowed the company to reduce the manning of the tug from twelve men, to eight, in an effort to give Crowley Marine an advantage over their competition.

In 2002, the tug was acquired by the Brusco Tug and Barge Company of Longview, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Jack Brusco.

Powered by a single, EMD 16-645 E5 diesel engine. With a Falk reduction gear, at a ratio of 4.536.1. Turning a single, fixed pitch, five bladed, 122(in) by 98(in) propeller. For a rated 2,200 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two Caterpillar 3306 110 kW/AC generator sets. The tug's capacities are 60,000 gallons of fuel oil, 40,000 gallons of ballast, 18,000 of fresh water, and 2,200 gallons of lube oil.

The towing gear consists of an Almond Johnson 222, towing winch. Outfitted with 2,000(ft) of 2(in) towing wire.
(Kyle Stubbs)


  • Vessel Name: SAMSON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 505922
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7200867
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDC3066
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 215
  • Ship Builder: PACIFIC COAST ENGINEERING
  • Year Built: 1966
  • Length: 115.2
  • Hailing Port: SEATTLE, WA.
  • Hull Depth: 10.4
  • Hull Breadth: 31.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 190
  • Net Tonnage: 88
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    SAMSON
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Crowley Marine Services Inc., BRUSCO MARITIME CO, BRUSCO MARITIME CO, BRUSCO MARITIME CO, BRUSCO MARITIME CO, BRUSCO MARITIME CO, BRUSCO MARITIME CO