Atlantic Spruce (tug)

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Career (Canada) Canadian
Name: Atlantic Spruce
Owner: J.D. Irving Limited
Builder: East Isle Shipyard Ltd., PEI, Canada
Commissioned: 1997
In service: March 10, 1995
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Tonnage: 392 GT
Length: 30.8 m (101 ft)
Draft: 4.78 m (15.7 ft)
Depth: 5.21 m (17.1 ft)
Propulsion: Two Caterpillar diesel engines
Speed: 12-13 knots
Capacity: 271 tons (fuel)
Crew: 7

Atlantic Spruce is a fire fighting tug with a Robert Allan Design tug made from steel, equipped with fire fighting and pollution equipment.[1] She was the first tug of her kind and since her launch, there have been many tugs built with the same design and Atlantic Spruce continues the Irving-owned Atlantic Towing tradition of naming their tugs after trees; Atlantic Fir, Atlantic Hemlock, Atlas, Atlas Captain.


Atlantic Spruce was first built in January 1995 at the East Isle shipyard in Georgetown, PEI, by J.D. Irving Limited. She was first registered on February 23, 1995, and was in service on March 10, 1995.[1] On April 21, 1997, she departed Halifax and was sold to Johannes østensjødy in Haugesund, Norway. She reappeared in 1997 as part of Atlantic Towing and was based in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia.[1]

Atlantic Spruce tug was the first tug built with a Robert Allan Design, powered through twin Rolls Royce- Aquamaster ASD (azimothing stern drive), with 4000 to 6000 bhp.[2] She was the start of a new tug and tugs were beginning to follow the same design as hers, such as Atlantic Oak, Atlantic Fir and Atlantic Hemlock, built in the same shipyard as Atlantic Spruce.[1] The run of 36 tugs based on Atlantic Spruce design represents the most successful line of tugs made in Eastern Canada.[3]

Voyage to Mexico[edit]

Atlantic Towing's Atlantic Spruce was on her way to Vera Cruz, Mexico, on September 24–26, 1997. She was previously stationed at Statia Terminals in Port Hawksbury. She was the second Atlantic tug to go to Mexico.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mackay, Mac. TugFax. 2000-V (September–October). ISSN 1201-5903.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Baird, Donald (2003). Undertow: A History of Tugs and Towing. St. Catherine's, Ont.: Vanwell. pp. 137, 265. 
  3. ^ Mac Mackay, "What Next for East Isle Shipyard", Tugfax, May 7, 2011

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