Admiral Dewey (tugboat)

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Admiral Dewey (tugboat)
Helen McAllister jeh.jpg
Location New York, New York
Built 1900
Architect Burlee Drydock Co.
Architectural style Harbor tugboat
NRHP reference # 02001619[1]
Added to NRHP December 27, 2002

Admiral Dewey, also known as Georgetown and today as 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 World War II. 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 in 2000. In 2012, Helen McAllister was returned to McAllister Towing, and is currently in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island.[4]


  1. ^ National Park Service (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. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Volunteer & Intern Handbook, South Street Seaport Museum" (PDF). South Street Seaport Museum. January 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-31. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Tugboat Information: Helen McAllister". Tugboat Information. April 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-13.