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Photographer:Al Ruff [View profile]Title:DIEGO CAPELLA Y PONSAdded:May 30, 2017
Captured:May 23, 2017IMO:UnavailableHits:1,166
Location:Montevideo, Uruguay
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
A fiend of mine took this photo in Montevideo, Uruguay and doesn't know anything about it. I thought it's a nice old tug and was wondering what the story is behind it. Photo Credit - Steve Cooley
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P.F. KERR on Jun 04, 2017 04:02 (1 year ago)
For information on the laid-up tanker "RIGEL T.", seen in the background visit;
GRDN711 on Jun 04, 2017 03:41 (1 year ago)
Apparently, by June of 2015, this ship’s graveyard had grown to a collection of nearly 50 fishing boats, freighters and tugboats, most of which are deemed abandoned due to debts and liens of bad commerce.

As described in the article, it is the stated intention of the Uruguayan government to re-float and scrap this collection of abandoned ships.

The DIEGO CAPELLA Y PONS is a unique case having been owned by the Administracion Nacional de Puertos. It would be nice to see it restored as an entrance piece at Montevideo Harbor.
fernando on Jun 03, 2017 22:58 (1 year ago)
Tugs, Tiburòn, Diego Capella y Pons and Antonio D. Lussich. Behind tug Powerfull and cargos ships Royston Grange and Tacoma. Montevideo
GRDN711 on Jun 03, 2017 20:02 (1 year ago)
Bjørn Knudsen offers further technical details on the DIEGO CAPELLA Y PONS at .

The DIEGO CAPELLA Y PONS is not alone. It has been mounted on a pier like a statue at the front of a ship’s graveyard at the entrance to Montevideo Harbor. When I was there in 2014, there were about 40 other ships partially sunk and tied together behind it. I am sure there is more of a story behind this.
Captain Ted on May 31, 2017 11:35 (1 year ago)
Unfortunately nothing for her preservation is done,,I bet in a few years she will fall apart where she sits now :-(
Clyde Dickens on May 31, 2017 10:53 (1 year ago)
See more about her site history at
Al Ruff on May 31, 2017 02:22 (1 year ago)
Thanks for the info Denis.
Al Ruff on May 30, 2017 20:52 (1 year ago)
Can anyone help me with the story of this tug? It was taken in Montevideo, Uruguay in May 2017. Just interested in the tug and it's history. Thanks.
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