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Harbor Tugboat Kingston II

 
 
Harbor Tugboat Kingston II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2013
1. Harbor Tugboat Kingston II Marker
Inscription.
Harbor Tugboat
Kingston II
Built: 1937
Builder: General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division
Designers: E.B. Wheeler and Robert C. Simpson
Location: Groton, Connecticut
Engine: General Motors 12V-71 500hp diesel engine
Length: 44 feet
Beam: 14 feet
Draft: 6 feet 9 inches
Displacement: 25 tons
ID# 1980.9

Construction
Mystic Seaportís beloved tugboat Kingston II was among the earliest all-welded vessels. Built in 1937 to train apprentice welders before they qualified to work on U.S. Navy submarines, she was made of scrap steel and finished in four months at a cost of only $15,000. Her four-blade, 44-in. propeller can move Kingston II up to 10 knots (11.5 mph).

Career at EB
For 42 years Kingston II worked the docks at Grotonís Electric Boat (EB) plant. She attended the launch of many U.S. Navy submarines, including the worldís first nuclear submarine, Nautilus, and guided subs into and out of repair docks. This tug also shuttled equipment to other EB locations, helped with the construction of the Thames Riverís Gold Star Memorial Bridge, kept the docks clear of ice, and responded to fires on the Thames and Mystic Rivers.

Working Life at Mystic Seaport
After Cold War-era nuclear submarines grew too large for Kingston II to handle,
Harbor Tugboat Kingston II image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2013
2. Harbor Tugboat Kingston II
she was declared surplus and donated to Mystic Seaport in 1979. Even before joining the Museumís fleet, she had helped move the Museumís historic ships in the 1950s and 1960s. after her arrival, she spent 20 years shifting vessels to and from the Museumís restoration shipyard, ice-breaking, restoring bulkheads, delivering derrick barges, and standing ready in case of fire. Her ceremonial duties have included leading river parades of antique boats and welcoming visiting vessels from other nations. Today, Kingston II needs major repairs to her 73-year old hull before she can return to work at the Museum. She is stationed here as a proud ambassador of the Museumís watercraft collection and a symbol of this regionís important maritime contributions.
 
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
 
Location. 41° 21.606′ N, 71° 57.831′ W. Marker is in Mystic, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Greenmanville Avenue (Connecticut Route 27) and Bruggeman Place, on the right when traveling south on Greenmanville Avenue. Click for map. Located at the entrance to Mystic Seaport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Propeller Steamer Sabino (within
Harbor Tugboat Kingston II image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2013
3. Harbor Tugboat Kingston II
shouting distance of this marker); Eastern-Rig Dragger Roann (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Live Oak Log (about 300 feet away); Compound Steam Engine (about 300 feet away); Western-Rig Dragger Florence (about 400 feet away); Wichmann Semi-Diesel Engine (about 400 feet away); Lathrop D-90 Diesel Engine (about 400 feet away); Noank Well-Smack Emma C. Berry (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mystic.
 
Also see . . .  Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Detail Photo on the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 26, 2013
4. Detail Photo on the Marker
The Museumís whaleship Charles W. Morgan receives assistance from Kingston II on a snowy day in 1980. Photo by Mary R. Maynard. 81-4-7215
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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