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USACE Major Frazer

  • Laid down in 1919, by Johnson Iron Works, New Orleans, LA. at their Bayou St. Johns Bay, LA. yard, for the United States Shipping Board
  • Launched 1919
  • Acquired by US Army Quartermaster Corps in 1920, name retained
  • Allocated to US Army Corps of Engineers, date unknown, renamed Major Frazer
  • Retired from Army service, date unknown
  • Acquired, date unknown, by Avondale Towing Line, New York, N.Y., renamed as the M&J Tracy
  • Acquired in 1957 by McAllister Brothers Towing Co., New York, N. Y., repowered with a 1,600hp diesel engine, renamed Patrice McAllister
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 4 October 1976, off Atlantic City, N.J. - On October 4th, 1976 Patrice McAllister was in tow by the tug Judith McAllister. En route from Camden, N.J. to Jersey City, N.J. Where she was scheduled for overhaul of her main engine. The wind increased and sea conditions deteriorated. The Patrice McAllister began to take on water, and eventually sank off of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The tug Judith McAllister was still attached to the wreck by her towing hawser. The tug stayed directly over the wreck until the Coast Guard was able mark the location with a buoy. The Patrice McAllister is still sitting upright and intact in 55(ft) of water.
    Displacement 133t. (net) 196t. (gross)
    Length 94.3"
    Beam 24'
    Draft 12'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Towing Equipment unknown
    As Built
    single 240 hp diesel engine
    1957 Repowered
    single diesel engine, 1,600hp
    single single propeller

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    20k Ex-US Army tug Major Frazer underway as the McAllister Brothers Towing Co, tug Patrice McAllister, date and location unknown while in
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