Admiral Dewey (tugboat)

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History
United States
Port of registryUnited States Charleston, SC
BuilderNew York Burlee Drydock Co.
Launched1900
In service1900
Out of service1992
StatusMuseum since 2000 at the South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan, New York
General characteristics
TypeTugboat
Displacement152 tons
Length95.7 ft (29.2 m)
Beam21 ft (6.4 m)
Historical status
LocationNew York, New York
Built1900
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[citation needed] 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, and is currently in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island.[3]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Tugboat Information: Helen McAllister". Tugboat Information. April 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-13.