W. O. Decker

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W. O. Decker
WO Decker bow snow jeh.jpg
During a snowstorm
W. O. Decker is located in Lower Manhattan
W. O. Decker
W. O. Decker is located in New York
W. O. Decker
W. O. Decker is located in the United States
W. O. Decker
LocationPier 16, South Street Seaport, New York, New York
Coordinates40°42′19″N 74°0′11″W / 40.70528°N 74.00306°W / 40.70528; -74.00306Coordinates: 40°42′19″N 74°0′11″W / 40.70528°N 74.00306°W / 40.70528; -74.00306
ArchitectRussell & Co.
NRHP reference #96000962[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 13, 1996

The W. O. Decker is a 52 foot[2] wooden tugboat built in Long Island City in 1930 as the Russell I for the Newtown Creek Towing Company.[3] The Decker tugboat company on Staten Island bought and renamed the boat in 1946. She was originally steam powered before being refitted with a 175 hp diesel engine.[2] In 1986, she was donated to the South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan, where she remains today under restoration. She was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1996.

Aft view in fair weather


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ a b "Tug W.O. Decker". Tug 44. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ "W.O. Decker". South Street Seaport Museum. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.

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