First time I read about ALICE L MORAN I too assumed she'd originally been a Navy new build.
Looking back at it, I now think what led me to that incorrect conclusion was hearing that she had an Almon A Johnson automatic towing machine that I mistook to be the same or an upgraded version of the primary towing equipment preferred (at that time) by the U.S. Navy for its fleet tugs and rescue/salvage ships. As is made clear in this thread, my assumption was wrong.
I subsequently found out the Moran organization were (and maybe still are?) Almon Johnson fans, presumably a consequence of having worked so extensively for the U.S. Navy throughout WWII. I understand Almon Johnson towing machines are still used on several Moran tugs.