Eugene F. Moran



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Occupation 2



New York City


NA/Mid-Atlantic region


Maritime Nation To 1950 (1921-1950)








Marine industry executive� In 1888, when Eugene was sixteen, he began working in the family business as second deckhand on the tugboat M. Moran. His father determined, however, that Eugene was not physically suited to work on a tugboat�

Moran's father convinced him to learn the marine insurance business and take an increasingly active role in company management� On reaching his mid-twenties, Moran assumed increasing personal and professional responsibilities� He continued to rely heavily on the advice of his father, and he also took over his father's role of organizing port celebrations involving Moran ships.

After becoming manager of the firm, Moran oversaw the rapid expansion of his company, which grew in proportion to the growth of the regional shipping trade. He participated in efforts to reduce congestion in the New York harbor, deepen the Coney Island Channel, and relocate coastal dumping grounds hazardous to transatlantic liners. Moran also promoted the use of diesel engines in tugs, converting some steam-driven tugs to diesel power in 1923, and he purchased his fleet's first diesel in 1936.

By the late 1890s, the Moran company operated tugs in New York and other harbors, and the firm grew into one of the largest tugboat companies in the world. Moran tugs towed huge ocean liners, barges, lighters, and scows. One of the firm's early big contracts, from 1900 to 1902, was for hauling the rock and dirt excavated from what became the tunnels of New York City's first subway� During the Spanish-American War, Moran tugs both docked and undocked army transports and did other general towing functions for military operations in New York harbor and at Fort Pond Bay at Montauk Point on Long Island, from which troops and supplies transferred back and forth to the Cuban front�

In March 1917 Moran was commissioned a lieutenant in the naval reserve. For a brief while Moran was engaged in monitoring a dwelling that, it turned out, housed spies radioing information to German ships in the Atlantic. Next Moran joined the Special Board for Patrol Vessels. His specific duties there were to purchase and outfit fifty patrol boats to be used in England and France. In April 1918 Moran was relieved of active naval duty and began working with the Shipping Control Committee as consulting expert on harbor floating equipment.

In 1935, under his leadership as chairman of the Rivers and Harbors Committee of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York, the depth of port was increased� so that it could more easily accommodate the large ships�

From 1942 to 1959 Moran served as a commissioner of the Port of New York Authority. On 3 May 1953 he was appointed a member of the New York City Transit Authority, but he served on this body for only five months, in part because he had also been elected in 1954 to the position of vice chairman of the Port Authority� Moran loved the sea, and he led his life in the tradition of his father and his father's friends who lived for and on the sea; he enjoyed deep-sea fishing as well�Moran died in Palm Beach, Florida�

Record ID: 540