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Charles Burton

Latest Md.-made tug is bound for Baltimore's harbor

Latest Md.-made tug is bound for Baltimore's harbor

The shipbuilding future of Maryland is 90 feet long and smells of Spanish cedar and fresh paint.

Tied to the dock, with tradesmen swarming on deck and below, the Hunting Creek bobs gently on the Wicomico River. Within weeks, the tugboat with the gleaming white superstructure, distinctive green stripe and black "V" for Vane Brothers Co. on its smokestacks will be delivered to Baltimore to begin its working career.

The Hunting Creek and its five identical sister vessels, each worth more than $5 million, are the first ocean-going tugs built in Maryland in nearly a half-century. And in late December, workers at Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. in Salisbury laid the keel for...

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