Admiral Dewey (tugboat)

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Admiral Dewey (tugboat) is located in New York
Admiral Dewey (tugboat)
Location Pier 16, East River, New York, New York
Coordinates 40°42′19″N 74°0′11″W / 40.70528°N 74.00306°W / 40.70528; -74.00306Coordinates: 40°42′19″N 74°0′11″W / 40.70528°N 74.00306°W / 40.70528; -74.00306
Built 1900
Architect Burlee Drydock Co.
Architectural style Harbor tugboat
NRHP Reference # 02001619[1]
Added to NRHP December 27, 2002

The Admiral Dewey, also known as the Georgetown and today as the Helen McAllister, is a 113 feet (34 m)[2] tugboat built in 1900 at the Burlee Drydock in Port Richmond, New York. She was built with a 900 horsepower (670 kW) triple expansion compound steam engine which was replaced with a diesel engine after WWII. She towed coal barges to refuel ships in the harbor. In 1955, she was sold to a Charleston, South Carolina tugboat company. In the 1980s, the McAllister tugboat company of New York purchased the company and brought the renamed Helen McAllister back to New York harbor. She helped dock tall ships during Op Sail 1992.[3]

After retirement, she was donated to the South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan, New York in 2000. In 2012, the Helen McAllister was returned to McAllister Towing, and is currently in Mariner's Harbor, Staten Island.[4]


  1. Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. "Helen McAllister at the South Street Seaport Museum". South Street Seaport Museum. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  3. "Volunteer & Intern Handbook, South Street Seaport Museum" (PDF). South Street Seaport Museum. January 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  4. "Tugboat Information: Helen McAllister". Tugboat Information. April 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-13.