Tugboat Launch a Family Affair in East Boothbay

Purposefully built of cold steel and powered by massive engines, tugs are about as far from a yacht as you can get. And yet when a new tugboat goes down the ways at Washburn & Doughty in East Boothbay it is as much an intimate celebration as the launch of any sloop, yawl,or powerboat.

Annabelle Dorothy Moran, the latest new Z-drive tug built by Washburn & Doughty Associates of East Boothbay for Moran Towing of New Canaan, Connecticut, was launched on the high tide on October 19, 2012. Following sea trials in early November, Annabelle Dorothy Moran will serve the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, as a ship docking and escort tug. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle, Washington, the 86′ LOA tug’s twin MTU, Tier II environmentally friendly engines provide 5100 continuous horsepower.

The new tug is the latest in a series of tugs built for Moran (twenty-six to date) by the Maine shipyard — a collaboration that is as much about cold welded steel as it is all the families behind these remarkable vessels.