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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built 1944 for the US Army as the Design 257-A steel hulled tug ST-497 by Platzer Boat Works, Houston, TX.
  • Launched in November 1943
  • Delivered to US Quartermaster Corps in January 1944
  • Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps. and placed in service in January 1944
  • Retired from Army service, circa 1946
  • Acquired in 1946 by Russell Bros. Towing Co. (Newtown Creek Towing Company), New York, N.Y., renamed Russell 9
  • Acquired in 1961 by McAllister Bros. Towing Co., New York, N.Y., name retained
  • Renamed Elizabeth McAllister in 1963 by McAllister Bros. Towing Co.
  • Acquired date and buyer unknown, renamed Convoy
  • Acquired date and buyer unknown, renamed Captain R.W. Jr
  • Acquired date and buyer unknown, renamed Beverly
  • Acquired in 1997 by Bidco Marine Group, Buffalo, N.Y., renamed Ruby M.
  • Re-engined in 19xx, with a Caterpillar type 398 diesel engine
  • Acquired in 2001 by Buffalo Industrial Diving Co., Buffalo, N.Y., renamed Ruby
  • Laid up in 2006 at Providence, R.I., in need of repairs
  • Acquired in 2006 by Coastline Marine Towing of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., fitted with a raised wheelhouse, renamed Coastline Girls
  • Acquired in 2012 by Thornton Brothers Towing and Transportation Co., (Marine Steel Transport Line), Allendale, N.J., renamed Gage Paul Thornton
  • Acquired in 2015, by African based interests
  • Final Disposition, lost in 2015 while in transit to her new owners
    Displacement 106 gross tons
    Length 74'
    Beam 20'
    Draft 8.4'
    Speed 9.3 kts
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one 6cyl Atlas-Imperial type 6BM, 400bhp
    single three bladed propeller

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    92k Ex-US Army Tug ST-497 in commercial service as the Buffalo Industrial Diving Co., tug Ruby, moored date and location unknown.
    Photo by Dave Grella
    Tommy Trampp
    106k Ex-US Army Tug ST-497 in commercial service as Thornton Brothers Towing and Transportation Co. tug Gage Paul Thornton underway circa 2012-2015, location unknown.
    Photo by Birk Thomas
    Tommy Trampp

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