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Esso Tug No. 2 - (1953-196x)
See also : S.O. Co. No. 18  & S.T. Co. No. 18  & Socony 17 & Esso Tug  No. 102 - (196x-197x)
 "Esso Tug No. 8" (left) and "Esso Tug No. 2" (right) towing "Esso Barge No. 311"" in New York Harbor, October 1947.
( Photographer Sol Libsohn )
 "Esso Tug No. 2" towing two Esso oil barges into Constable Hook, New York Harbor, New York, July, 1946.
( Photographer Arnold Eagle )
 "Esso Tug No. 2", ex. "S.O. Co. No. 17" and another Esso-tug iin the background.
( Photographer Arnold Eagle )
"Esso Tug No. 2" was build as "S.O. Co. No. 17" in 1907.
 
"Esso Tug No. 2" and "Esso Tug No. 1" at the back.
 
"John E. Mcallister" ex. "Esso Tug No. 2".
 
"John E. Mcallister" ex. "Esso Tug No. 2", assisting "Esso Boston".

Following info from Carl Wayne.

Tug built as "S.O. Co. No. 017" in 1907, built by Skinner Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, Md.
100' x 23' x 12'  175 gross tons.  16,17,18,19 were called the 'battleship tugs'.
These tugs served for 39 years when sold to Standard Oil New Jersey 29 jan 1946.
Then became Esso 1,2,3,4. this happened when socony decided to discontinue lighterage service in NY harbor.
( sisterships: S.O. CO No 16, S.O. CO No 17, S.O. CO No 18, S.O. CO No 19 )
Registered: LR25-26:33561 /LR66-67:5100863
IMO 5108637 /(USA)ON 204718 /(GBR)ON 315794 /(PAN)ON 8247-77
175 GRT, 119 NRT, L27,44m, B7,01m(6,96)  (96.0'x23.0'x11.2')
steel, 1 fpp, C2cyl by shipbuilder, 49nhp-650ihp
re-engined 1943 diesel 2tew V12cyl GM La Grange type 12-567-BC, 900bhp-662kW

S.O. CO. No 17
1907: Built by "Skinner Shipbuilding & Drydock Co" at Baltimore, Md.(USA)
1907: delivered to "Standard Oil Co" at New Jersey (USA)
        (USA flag, regd New York, ON 204718, c/s KWLB)
1915: restyled to "Standard Transportation Co Inc" at New York (USA), renamed S.T. CO. No 17
1918: To "Socony Mobil Oil Co Inc" at New York (USA), renamed SOCONY 17
1943: re-engined diesel 2tew V12cyl GM La Grange type 12-567-BC, 900bhp-662kW  (233 GRT, 63 NRT)
1953: To "Esso Standard Oil Co" at Wilmington, Del.(USA), renamed  ESSO TUG No 2
196x: To "Standard Tankers (Bahamas) Co Ltd" (BHM), renamed ESSO TUG No 102
        (GBR flag, regd Port of Spain (TTO), ON 315794)
197x: To "Witservice Ltd" at Port of Spain (TTO)
1977: mng "West Indies Transport Ltda SA" at Panama (PAN), renamed WITSERVICE II
        (PAN flag, regd Panama, ON 8247-77, c/s HO7706)
1994: (BLZ flag)
2002: sold - unknown buyers & flag
2006: still listed in service on Equasis

No further information known.

The Miramar Ship Index for "S.O. Co. No. 17"
IDNo:
2204718
Year:
1907
Name:
S.O. Co. No. 17
Keel:
Type:
Tug
Launch Date:
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
1907

Tons:
175
Link:
-
DWT:
0
Yard No:
Length overall:
30.5
Ship Design:
LPP:
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
7.0
Builder:
Skinner
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Baltimore
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1C-

Subsequent History:
1915 S.T.Co.No.17 - 1918 SOCONY 17 -
1943: re-engined diesel 2tew V12cyl GM La Grange type 12-567-BC, 900 bhp-662 kW  (233 GRT, 63 NRT) -
1953 ESSO TUG No.2 - 196x ESSO TUG No. 102 - 197x WITSERVICE II

Disposal Data:
2006 - still listed in service on Equasis

Hstory:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
204718
2204718
1907
S.O. Co. No. 17
175
Standard Oil Co.
204718
2204718
1907
S.T. Co. No. 17
175
1915
Standard Trans. Co Inc.
204718
2204718
1907
SOCONY 17
175
1918
Socony Vacuum Co.
204718
2204718
1907
ESSO TUG No. 2
233
1953
Esso Standard Oil Co.
204718
2204718
1907
ESSO TUG No. 102
233
196x
Standard Tankers (Bahamas) Co Ltd.
204718
2204718
1907
WITSERVICE II
233
197x
West Indies Transport Ltda SA