Patrice McAllister (ship, 1999)

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The Patrice McCallister after being towed to harbor by another McCallister tug -- note the scorched plates on the bridge.

The Patrice McAllister is a US flagged tugboat operated by McAllister Towing of New York, LLC.[1][2] The vessel caught fire in Canadian waters, near Kingston, Ontario, on Lake Ontario, while travelling from Toledo, Ohio,en route to Staten Island, NY, on March 27, 2012. The Canadian Coast Guard rescued all six crew members, but her chief engineer died the next day.

All of her crew were US citizens.[3][4] The CCGS Cape Hearne and Canadian and American helicopters and aircraft were deployed to help rescue the crew.[5] The vessel remained adrift after the crew were evacuated. The Bowditch, a towboat based in Clayton, New York salvaged the vessel and towed her to Clayton.[6]

McAllister had operated an earlier vessel of the same name which sank off the coast of New Jersey in 1976.[7]

McAllister sent the Rowan McAllister to tow the Patrice McAllister to their facilities.[8][9] After she arrived on April 20, 2012, she was inspect and McAllister made plans to repair the vessel.

length 33.5 metres (105 feet)
tonnage 383 gross tons
power 4,000 horsepower
built 1999


  1. "U.S. tugboat sailor dies in Toronto hospital". Toronto Star. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-04-04. "Six people were aboard the U.S.-flagged Patrice McAllister when it caught fire while travelling from Toledo, Ohio, to a port in New York state early Tuesday."  mirror
  2. "Tugboat fire on Lake Ontario injures 6 crew members". CBC News. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2012-04-04. "A U.S. vessel is on its way to retrieve the disabled tug. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating."  mirror
  3. "Tugboat fire Tuesday results in death of a crew member". Watertown Daily Times. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-04-04. "The 105-foot tug was headed to a New York port from Toledo, Ohio, and caught on fire about 2 a.m. Tuesday in Canadian waters some seven miles south of Prince Edward Point."  mirror
  4. "Tugboat Fire on Lake Ontario – Helicopter Medivacs Crewmember". Marine Link. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-04-04. "A U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crew responded aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Detroit, and Canadian rescue crews launched aboard a C-130 aircraft, Griffin helicopter and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Hearne, a 47-foot Cape Class motor lifeboat from Kingston, Ontario."  mirror
  5. Jaegun Lee (2012-03-28). "Burned tugboat towed to Clayton". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved 2012-04-04. "Clayton village Mayor Norma J. Zimmer said Tuesday afternoon that several local barges were sent to the scene to retrieve the tugboat."  mirror
  6. "The Patrice McAllister Shipwreck". Aqua explorers.  mirror
  7. Dom Yanchunas (2012-07-15). "Chief engineer dies following fire aboard recently refurbished tugboat on Lake Ontario". Professional Mariner. Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. "The blaze heavily damaged the tug, which McAllister plans to repair." 
  8. Skip Gillham (2012-05-31). "Engine room fire cost life of chief engineer". Niagara This Week. Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. "The 33.5 metre long, 392 gross ton tug had been used on the Great Lakes to push the stone barge Kellstone I. The tug was renamed Cleveland in 2004 when the barge became the Cleveland Rocks." 

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