September 5, 2008
Washburn & Doughty lays keel for Z drive tug
Shipbuilder Washburn & Doughty, East Boothbay, Maine, has achieved an important milestone.
It has held its first keel laying since the devastating July 11 fire that destroyed the company's main construction building.
On Wednesday, September 3, 2008, the company laid the keel for Hull 96, a 98 ft Z drive tug.
Hull 96's keel was laid outdoors, to the east of Washburn & Doughty's former building, on the property previously known as Boothbay Marine. Boothbay Marine was recently purchased by Washburn & Doughty, which had planned to use the property for an expansion. After the fire, plans changed and it was quickly decided to use the property to construct two 98 ft Z drive tugs already under contract for Moran Towing.
Harry Crooker & Sons was contracted to provide services on the new build site that included leveling it, building a retaining wall, and reinforcing the site.
During the keel laying ceremony, W&D President Bruce Doughty gave special thanks to Washburn & Doughty's employees, who have worked tirelessly to get the shipyard operational. He told the group of employees gathered for the occasion, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going and you're one tough group."
Doughty also thanked the Town of Boothbay, Town Manager John Anderson, and Maine State Government Officials for their support during the process.