Nels J.

This classic tug was built in 1952 by the National Steel & Shipbuilding Company of San Diego, CA as the LT-2078 for the U.S. Army. The tug was transferred to the U.S. Navy in 1964 and renamed USS Yuma [YTM-748]. The Army re-acquired the tug in 1980, returning to its original designation of LT-2078. Later in 1980 the tug was sold civilian to Hvide Marine of Tampa, FL, where the tug was renamed Delaware. The Delaware was rebuilt in 1989 with a retractable z-drive unit on the bow, and was renamed Mobile Point at that time. The Sanders Towboat Company of San Francisco, CA acquired the vessel in 1995, reverting it to the name Delaware. In 2008, SeaBulk Towing of Fort Lauderdale, FL purchased the tug, and it was again renamed Mobile Point. The following year, Mobile Point was sold to True North Marine of Pass Christian, MS and renamed Lesli M. Fournier Towing of Belfast, ME acquired the vessel in 2012, renaming it Taurus. Finally, in 2017, the Taurus was sold to Heritage Marine of Two Harbors, MN, where it was renamed Nels J.

  • Type: Single Screw Tractor Tug
  • Year Built: 1952
  • Builder: National Steel & Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA
  • Hull No.: 225
  • Engines: 1 EMD 20-645-E7
  • Horsepower: 3,900 bhp
  • Length: 101′ 00″
  • Breadth: 26′ 07″
  • Depth: 12′ 06″
  • Port of Registry: Wilmington, DE
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