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Admiral Dewey (tugboat)

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United States
Port of registryUnited States Charleston, SC
BuilderNew York Burlee Drydock Co.
In service1900
Out of service1992
FateDismantled at Staten Island, New York in 2021
General characteristics
Displacement152 tons
Length95.7 ft (29.2 m)
Beam21 ft (6.4 m)
Historical status
LocationNew York, New York
ArchitectBurlee Drydock Co.
Architectural styleHarbor tugboat
NRHP reference No.02001619[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 27, 2002

Admiral Dewey, also known as Georgetown and today as Helen McAllister, is a 113 feet (34 m) tugboat built in 1900 [2] at the Burlee Drydock[3] in Port Richmond, New York.[2] She was built with a 900 horsepower (670 kW) triple expansion compound steam engine which was replaced with a diesel engine after World War II.[2] She towed coal barges to refuel ships in the harbor. [citation needed] In 1955, she was sold to a Charleston, South Carolina tugboat company.[2] In the 1980s, the McAllister tugboat company of New York purchased the company and brought the renamed Helen McAllister back to New York Harbor. She helped dock tall ships during Op Sail 1992.[2]

After retirement, she was donated to the South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan in 2000. In 2012, Helen McAllister was returned to McAllister Towing.[3] In 2021, Helen McAllister was moved to Tottenville on Staten Island and dismantled.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Helen McAllister at the South Street Seaport Museum". South Street Seaport Museum. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Helen McAllister". Tugboat Information. April 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  4. ^ Van Dorp, Will. "Finished with Engines 2021". tugster: a waterblog. Retrieved 11 March 2023.