Named after the island of his birth, Dominique first went to sea at four months old on a journey towing down the Amazon River to Manaus, Brazil. He grew up on a 6000 hp tugboat which ranged worldwide. At fourteen, Dominique took over the engine room during a major storm to relieve the engineer who became unable to perform his duties. Two years he later became Chief Engineer and eventually worked his way into the wheelhouse, earning his Captain’s license as soon as he was legally eligible to sit for the exam. Two years later, at 23, he made his first trans-Atlantic crossing as Master of the ELSBETH II towing a disabled cargo ship from Venezuela to France.
In 2000 Dominique joined McAllister Towing as General Manager/VP of their Baltimore division, then returned to the family business as Fleet Manager/VP, managing three ocean tugs and several barges working worldwide. Dominique has spent most of his life on a tugboat, towing aircraft carriers, submarines, oil rigs, double tows and participating in numerous salvage/rescue operations.
He and his sister Rachel decided to form their own tugboat company in 2005, harnessing their complementary skills and their prior experience working together.