The Invaders

No they aren’t Mongolian, but they have spanned most of the known world. I’m talking about the iconic Invader class tugs built by Crowley in the mid seventies. 136′ of ocean going power, 25 of these tugs have conducted ocean tows and salvage operations world wide for over 30 years. While they are showing their age and have been replaced on many big money projects by the new Ocean Class tugs. However one job they have done for years and continue to do well is towing the so called “Puerto Rican Aircraft Carriers” back and fourth from the United States Mainland, and Puerto Rico. These barges are 730′ triple deck ro/ro barges that operate on a liner service from New Jersey and Jacksonville. In short they are monsters, and towing them is quite an operation. I can only say so much though. For a better idea check out the below pictures of Sentry and Ensign at work on the Delaware River. For more information on the various tugs of the class, check out the Crowley section on tugboat information.com!

Ensign

Ensign

Ensign & the RORO barge Miami

Ensign & the RORO barge Miami

Sentry coming out of the horseshoe bend, up bound on the Delaware River

Sentry coming out of the horseshoe bend, up bound on the Delaware River

James R. Moran, following along

James R. Moran, following along

Sentry

Sentry

For scale, thats a 93' long tug

For scale, thats a 93′ long tug

James R. Moran working her way forward

James R. Moran working her way forward

Sentry

Sentry

another great boat, James  R. Moran is one of the roughly two dozen tractors built for Moran by Washburn & Doughty of Boothbay Maine

another great boat, James R. Moran is one of the roughly two dozen tractors built for Moran by Washburn & Doughty of Boothbay Maine

Sentry, note the use of both wires

Sentry, note the use of both wires

The Pilots booth sits high on the bow of the barge

The Pilots booth sits high on the bow of the barge

James R. Moran

James R. Moran

Sentry in Profile

Sentry in Profile

James R. Moran

James R. Moran

Docking Pilot walking up to his booth

Docking Pilot walking up to his booth

Delware coming to retrieve the river pilot

Delware coming to retrieve the river pilot

James R. Moran

James R. Moran

Teamwork

Teamwork

James R. Moran working her way forward

James R. Moran working her way forward

Pilot boat and the Cape Cod working as the tail boat

Pilot boat and the Cape Cod working as the tail boat

Lots of logos

Lots of logos

Retrieving the river pilot

Retrieving the river pilot

Cape Cod on the tail

Cape Cod on the tail

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Cape Henry bringing up the rear

Cape Henry bringing up the rear

About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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One Response to The Invaders

  1. Rick C. says:

    Great pics Ben. The Cod is a good old boat. Worked on her ship docking in Norfolk. All kinds of backing power. Glad to see her looking so good. Invader class is 7200 hp EMD’s. Crowley has gotten their money’s worth out of those boats.

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