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SAMMY TATE (1995)
Pictured as the: Tommy Gale (Colonial Towing Incorporated) Photo by: Gary Gale

Built in 1995, by John Bludworth Marine Incorporated of Pasadena, Texas (hull #103) as the Miss Susan for Hollywood Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 1998, the tug was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where she retained her name.

In 2017, the Kirby Corporation renamed the tug as the Sammy Tate.

In 2020, she was acquired by Colonial Towing Incorporated of Savannah, Georgia. Where the tug was renamed as the Tommy Gale.

Powered by two, Cummins KTA-38M1 diesel engines. She is a twin screw, towboat, rated at 2,000 horsepower.
(Gary Gale)


  • Vessel Name: SAMMY TATE (1995)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1026248
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDL4387
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 103
  • Ship Builder: JOHN BLUEWORTH MARINE INC
  • Year Built: 1995
  • Length: 70
  • Hailing Port: SAVANNAH, GA.
  • Hull Depth: 10
  • Hull Breadth: 28
  • Gross Tonnage: 131
  • Net Tonnage: 105
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    MISS SUSAN, SAMMY TATE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Hollywood Marine Inc., KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP A DELAWARE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP