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SAN JUAN
PIctured as: the Capt. Billy Slatten (Bisso Towboat) Photo by: Wallace Rosser

Built in 1885, by the Neafie Levy Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (hull #773) as the Bolivar.

The tug was later sold. Where she was renamed as the Bayou Orleans. And then, as the Point Comfort.

She was eventually acquired by the Bisso Towboat Company of of Luling, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the Cappy Bisso. And, then as the Capt. Billy Slatten.

In 1999, the tug was acquired by Crowley Marine Services Incorporated of San Francisco, California. Where the tug was renamed as the San Juan.

In 2004, Crowley Marine Services converted the tug from a single screw configuration to a twin screw configuration.

In 2005, the tug sank in the Dominican Republic. She was a twin screw tug, rated at 3,600 horsepower.
(Jose Luis Villafane, Wallace Rosser)


  • Vessel Name: SAN JUAN
  • USCG Doc. No.: 003314
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WX5459
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 773
  • Ship Builder: Neafie & Levy
  • Year Built: 1885
  • Length: 115.5
  • Hailing Port: SAN JUAN, PR.
  • Hull Depth: 10.4
  • Hull Breadth: 23.4
  • Gross Tonnage: 144
  • Net Tonnage: 35
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    BOLIVAR, BAYOU ORLEANS, POINT COMFORT, CAPPY BISSO, CAPT. BILLY SLATTEN
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Bisso Towboat Co., Bisso Towboat Co., ANTILLES AGGREGATES EXPORT INC, ANTILLES AGGREGATES EXPORT INC