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The Independence – One Interesting Tugboat

August 12, 2013
Independence Tugboat and Hammand Castle

The Independence passes Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts


I first spotted the Independence last Labor Day Weekend while shooting the Gloucester Schooner Festival. After doing some research, I discovered this vessel to be a pretty impressive tug. Built in 2009, the Independence measures 119.5 feet in length, features a steel hull, and sports two Fi-Fi water cannons. Its deck crane is pretty heavy duty, as it can lift up to 10 tons. At full speed, the Independence can travel 13 knots minimum.

Independence tugboat and Boston skyline

Bonus! The Independence with the Boston skyline in the distance.


The Independence functions as an offshore support vessel based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and is under long term contract with Neptune LNG, an affiliate of Suez LNG North America. As stated in the builder’s (Derecktor Shipyard of Bridgeport, Connecticut) 2009 press release, “The tug, meant for the critical job of assisting LNG tankers, incorporates a number of features never before combined in a U.S. built tug, making it a genuinely unique vessel on the U.S. scene.” Click here for additional information on the specs of the boat.

Now You Know

So if you’re visiting the Gloucester area — perhaps for a tour of Hammond Castle or maybe to experience the exciting 2013 Gloucester Schooner Festival first hand Labor Day Weekend — keep an eye out for this impressive vessel. If you spot it, you now know what it is and the valuable service it provides.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 70-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 150 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec., -1/3 EV

Bonus Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 70-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 165 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec.

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