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Photographer:Marc Piché [View profile]Title:PATRICIA B. McALLISTERAdded:Mar 16, 2006
Photo Category: Tugs
This is a rare view of Canadian-flag tug PATRICIA B. McALLISTER as shown while downbound on the St.Lawrence River on January 3, 1991.
Some three months later, she hit a growler at night off Rivière-au-Renard and sank like a stone. Only one member of her six-man crew survived.

Marc Piché photo.
Vessel Identification
Name:Patricia B Mcallister
Former name(s):
- Santa Cruz (Until 1989)
- Esso Santa Cruz (Until 1987)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tug
Gross tonnage:439 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1976
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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KB_Tugs on Mar 20, 2006 02:36 (12 years ago)
Another photo of her I found on a search:
And this site, with the story and a bunch of photos taken by Marc:
Marc Piché on Mar 16, 2006 13:22 (12 years ago)
Thanks for setting the matter straight Immen.

This new info corresoponds to the right tug.


Marc Piché on Mar 16, 2006 12:21 (12 years ago)
Wrong tug, Immen.

This one was built in 1976 by Atlantic Marine, Fort George Island, Florida as ESSO SANTA CRUZ for Lago Oil & Transport Co.Ltd. of Oranjestad, Aruba, to assist tankers in Caribbean ports.
In 1987, she was renamed SANTA CRUZ and two years later in 1989, McAllister Towing & Salvage Ltd of Montréal bought her to rejuvinate its aging tug fleet for salvage operations. After modifications to adapt her to her new harsher environment, she entered service being based at Montréal. She was the pride of the fleet and of her owner, Don McAllister, but she was lost on April 22, 1991 as explained above.
The company never recovered from the tragic loss (even Don died a few months later) and their assets were sold off shortly after first to Dufresne and then to Groupe Océan. The McAllister name, first introduced on the river in 1959 as an offshoot of its big American parent, still exists today as part of the new ownership but the old colors have disappeared for good. A sad end to a longtime fixture of the Port of Montréal.
immen on Mar 16, 2006 19:46 (12 years ago)
Homeport:Montreal, Quebec, Canada
IMO number - 7514309
Owner - McAllister Towing & Salvage Inc., Canada
Ex: Esso Santa Cruz - Netherlands (1987) Santa Cruz - Netherlands (1989) Patricia B. McAllister - Canada

Ship type - Harbour/ship handling tug
Gross tonnage - 439
Net tonnage -
Deadweight tonnage -
L.O.A. - 36.61 meters
L.B.P. - 32.92 meters
Width overall - 11.29 meters
Width moulded - 11.29 meters
Draught - 4.738 meters
Depth - 5.16 meters
Winches - ?

Builder - Atlantic Marine Inc.
Country - Fort George Island, Florida, U.S.A.
Hull number - 4161
Engine builder - General Motors Corporation
Country - La Grange, Illinois, U.S.A.
Number of engines - 2
Engine type - GM 16-645-E7 diesels
Horsepower - 6,100 bhp or 4,500 kW
Fuel - Diesel oil
Propellers - 2
Speed - 13 knots

Matt Ruscher on Mar 16, 2006 02:33 (12 years ago)
thanks for posting this one marc, i asked kent about 2 years ago about this one and i couldnt find any pics. very sad story indeed
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