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Tug Pentagoet

Tug Pentagoet at workAt the heart of Maine Maritime Academy's tug and barge operations program, the Tug Pentagoet provides students with unique hands-on opportunities. In addition to tug and barge operations, the Academy offers semester-long courses in ship handling and workboat operations. During the course of a semester, students work aboard on the waters of Penobscot Bay to learn and practice the art of hawser towing, towing alongside, and a wide range of close-quarters boat handling skills. The Academy acquired the Pentagoet, formerly the Tug Jekyll Isle, in 1984, and since that time has partnered the tug with a variety of barges. Recently K-Sea Transportation generously donated the barge Cleanwater 21. Working with this 230- foot notched barge, our students are exposed to all aspects of this growing sector of the marine industry.

Pentagoet at seaPresentation of the Tug Pentagoet for the Tug and Barge Class:


  • Length: 76 feet
  • Beam: 24.5 feet
  • Engines: Two (2) 16 V-92's, Detroit Diesels
  • Transmissions: 5:17 to 1, Twin DiskPentagoet on land
  • Propellers: Two (2) 59 1/4 x 61 1/2 in Kort Nozzles
  • Bollard pull: 17 tons
  • Deck Gear: Hydraulic: Capstan, towing winch, articulated crane and anchor windlass
  • Fuel capacity: 12,000 gals
  • Builder: Gladding and Hearn
  • Year Built.: 1980

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