Vane Brothers is hailing the newest addition to its fleet: the Fort McHenry, a state-of-the-art, 3,000-horsepower tugboat named in honor of the historic landmark that can be seen from the company’s Baltimore, Maryland, headquarters.
Designed by Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, the Fort McHenry is the most recent of 12 “Sassafras Class” tugboats delivered to Vane since 2008 by Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Maryland.
Measuring 94 feet long and 32 feet wide with a hull depth of 13 feet, the Fort McHenry is similar in most respects to the previous 11 hard-working tugboats built for Vane as part of the Chesapeake contract.
The vessel is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 main engines and operates with a Jon-Rie Series “500” hydraulic towing winch.
"Soft-core" panels, heavy, fire-rated doors and top-line accoutrements are used throughout, offering the crew a quieter, safer and more comfortable living environment.
State-of-the-art componentry is at the captain’s fingertips in the wheelhouse, which features mostly wooden accents for a more traditional look.