Tugboat ANGELS GATE

Port of Los Angeles photograph.

Port of Los Angeles photograph.

Tugboat ANGELS GATE touring Los Angeles Harbor

Length Overall: 85.9 Feet – Beam: 23 Feet
Current Engine: E.M.D. Detroit Diesel

The tugboat ANGELS GATE arrived at the Museum in 1992, after almost 50 years of providing general towing services and goodwill tours for the Port of Los Angeles.

Built in 1944 in Decatur, Alabama for the Army Transportation Service, she was originally known as ST (small tug) 695, and was among the fleet of tugboats designed for the European theater.  ST-695 primarily served at the Army Port of Embarkation in Wilmington, California.  After the war, the Army declared ST-695 “surplus” and she was sold to the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department (now known as the Port of Los Angeles), where she worked steadily until her “retirement” and transfer to the Museum in 1992.

Today, ANGELS GATE is a familiar sight in Los Angeles Harbor, providing narrated tours for Museum members and serving as the “Boat Operations” classroom for the Port of Los Angeles High School. Other than the removal of her machine guns and military hardware,  ANGELS GATE appears much as she did when first launched.  ANGELS GATE is maintained and operated by a skilled volunteer crew and US Coast Guard-licensed captains.

Sailing aboard ANGELS GATE is one of the many benefits of Museum membership!

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