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JOSEPH SAUSE
Photo by: Phil Gilston

Built in 1975, by the Houma Welders Company of Houma, Louisiana (hull #49) as the Joe Sause for the Sause Brothers Ocean Towing Company of Portland, Oregon.

In 1975, the Sause Brothers Ocean Towing Company renamed the tug was the Joseph Sause.

Powered by two, Detroit Diesel MTU/DDC 12V4000 diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF872 reduction gears, at a ratio of 7.087:1. Turning two, three bladed, 96(in) by 92(in) pitch, right hand turning, stainless steel propellers. Mounted in kort nozzles, with quad rudders. For a rated 3,600 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 70kW, John Deere 4045-50 generator sets. The tug's capacities are 98,000 gallons of fuel, 1,360 gallons of lube oil, and 8,000 gallons of water.

The towing gear consists of an Almon Johnson (V-4) towing winch, with pendant drum, and gypsy head. Outfitted with 2,600(ft) 2.25(in) towing wire on the primary drum, and 600(ft) of 2(in) towing wire on the pendant drum. Powered by a single, GM 6-71 diesel engine, with an Allison 3331, three, speed torque converter. With a Pullmaster 25 bridle winch. Outfitted 150(ft) of 1.25(in) wire. Rated at 22,000(lbs) at 50(fpm).

With a 20 horsepower, McElroy, electric, and hydraulic capstan on her bow.
(Captain Dave Miner, Jason Purkey, Kyle Stubbs)


  • Vessel Name: JOSEPH SAUSE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 566610
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7402726
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WTW9258
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 49
  • Ship Builder: Houma Welders, LLC.
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Length: 106.9
  • Hailing Port: PORTLAND, OR.
  • Hull Depth: 16
  • Hull Breadth: 35.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 139
  • Net Tonnage: 94
  • Owner:
    SAUSE BROS INC
    3710 NW FRONT AVENUE
    PORTLAND, OR 97210
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    JOE SAUSE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC