Dredge renaming and christening ceremonies honor the service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and provide an opportunity to recognize the commitment and hard work of the Encore team.

In the days of ancient mythology, it was widely believed that a Roman king of the sea, Neptune, and a Greek ruler of the sea, Poseidon, lived in palaces. These gods of the sea would assure safe passage over the Seven Seas to all sailors who followed their doctrine and respected their protocols.

Neptune and Poseidon are said to maintain a “Ledger of the Deep” that records the name of every seagoing vessel by name. Changing the name of a boat is said to be disrespectful to the sea gods. According to legend, boaters that fail to undergo a proper boat name christening ceremony will be faced with the wrath of Neptune or Poseidon.

As each dredge in the Encore fleet is brought in for major maintenance and repairs, it is repainted, renamed, and christened. Encore has chosen the names of U.S. Naval Aircraft Carriers to honor the servicemen and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Renaming ceremonies are a time of fun and fellowship for the Encore team and allow us to recognize and celebrate the successes of our hardworking crew.



Formerly known as the dredge Johnathan King Boyd, the Constellation was purchased through the asset acquisition of RLB in April 2021. Ellicott Dredges originally built the 20 x 18 cutter suction dredge in Baltimore, Maryland. It has since undergone a complete rebuild through Sterling Shipyard in Port Neches, TX. The Constellation was renamed at christened on September 17, 2021, at the Marine Fuel Services yard in Port Neches, Texas.


Purchased by Encore through the asset acquisition of RLB in April 2021, the Ranger, formerly known as the Eagle One, was built in 2012. The Ranger is a 56” cutter head suction dredge with a 20x18x40 suction pump. The Ranger was renamed and christened on December 17, 2021, at Sterling Shipyard in Port Neches, Texas.


The America, formerly the Kelly L, is an all-welded steel 24” hydraulic cutter suction dredge built in 1955. The America was purchased as part of the Inland Dredging acquisition in January 2021. The America was renamed and christened on February 28, 2022, at our David Lake yard in Mount Vernon, Alabama.