Norfolk & Western 1954 Boat Roster

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Thu Apr 18 15:56:32 EDT 2019

N & W definitely owned one tug boat, but not in the time frame you're
modeling. Virginian owned one tug, the "W. R. Coe", built in 1957. N&W
acquired her with the VGN merger in '59 and renamed her "R. B. Claytor." N&W
sold the tug in 1970. Amazingly, the tug was still in service as late as
2016 for a marine construction company in Long Island. Some information on
her history is here:


Rob Doorack


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Seeing that no one else has replied to your question, I will tell you what I
know.  I don't know the answer but I can reply with my experience.  I grew
up in the 50's and early 60's, not very far from the Lambert's Point yard.
My father worked for a time in the car shop at Lambert's Point and an uncle
was hostler there.  I never heard my father or uncle mention that N&W had
any of their own boats.  I know there were many commercial tug boat
companies in the Norfolk area and these commercial tugs would dock and
undock the colliers that came in to be loaded.  I, personally, do not
remember seeing any tugs with N&W markings.  I could be wrong, but this is
my personal experience as I remember it.  I hope somebody can give a
definitive answer to your question as I would also like to know for sure.  I
am modeling the Lambert's Point yard into South Norfolk.


Jack Fletcher



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I am doing research on Lambert's Point and eventually want to model the coal
pier 1954-1955 cira. I want to know what boats the Norfolk & Western owned
during that time and if there were photos and specifications.


Thanks for your help and any leads.

Dr. Larry Shawn Bassham, EdD

larryshawn.bassham at <mailto:larryshawn.bassham at> 

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