New York Central Tugboat 13

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Tugboat 13
Tug13 copy.jpeg
Career (US)
Owner: New York Central Railroad (1887–1955)
Kosnac Floating Derrick Corporation (1955–)
Builder: John H. Dialogue and Son[1]
Launched: 1887
Renamed: Hay-De (c. 1960s)
Identification: 155151
General characteristics
Tonnage: 103 GT 51 NT
Length: 90 ft (27 m)
Beam: 19 ft 5 in (5.92 m)
Draft: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)
Depth: 10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Decks: 1
Installed power: Two-cylinder compound steam engine 232 hp (173 kW) (1887–1950s)
2 × GM 6-110 diesel engines (1950s–)
Propulsion: Falk gearbox, single screw

New York Central Railroad Tugboat 13 is a railroad tugboat built in 1887 in Camden, New Jersey by John H. Dialogue and Son. The tugboat was built for the New York Central Railroad to push barges, called car floats, carrying railroad cars and other freight across the waterways of New York Harbor.

It originally had a steam engine of 232 horsepower (173 kW), replaced with two General Motors 6-110 diesel engines in the 1950s. The engines sit back-to-back and drive a central Falk gearbox, which turns the single propeller.

The hull is riveted and made of wrought iron.

It is currently[when?] undergoing extensive renovation at Garpo Marine in Tottenville, Staten Island. Two new keel coolers from Fernstrum have been installed in a recessed box in the hull to cool the engines.


Other vessels built by John H. Dialogue and Son[edit]

  • Hercules (1907) at the San Francisco Maritime Museum, hull number 204801.
  • Susan Elizabeth (1886) launched as C. C. Clark and briefly served as New York Central No. 3.[2] This boat was broken up in the fall of 2008 in the same yard in Tottenville, Staten Island, New York where Tugboat 13 is being restored.
  • Elise Anne Connors (1881)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fischer, Eric (20 July 2009). "A bit of history". New York Central No. 13. 
  2. ^ "Susan Elizabeth". Archived from the original on 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 

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Coordinates: 40°31′00″N 74°14′46″W / 40.516588°N 74.246111°W / 40.516588; -74.246111