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Tug Pentagoet

At 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 Oyster Bay. Working with this 230-foot notched barge, our students are exposed to all aspects of this growing sector of the marine industry.


  • Length: 76 feet
  • Beam: 24.5 feet
  • Engines: Two (2) Caterpillar C18 ACERT TIER 3, 670 h.p each (total (1342 h.p)
  • Transmissions: 5:17 to 1, Twin Disk
  • Propellers: Two (2) 59 1/4 x 61 1/2 in Kort Nozzles
  • Bollard pull: 19 tons
  • Deck Gear: Hydraulic: Capstan, towing winch, articulated crane, and anchor windlass
  • Fuel capacity: 12,000 gal
  • Builder: Gladding and Hearn
  • Year Built: 1980