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SPECIALIST (1981)
Pictured as: the Meredith Ashton (Great Lakes Dock) Photo by: Jacob Northup

Built in 1981, by the Service Machine and Shipbuilding Corporation of Amelia, Louisiana (hull #140) as the Alpha for Action Marine Incorporated of Luling, Louisiana.

In 2005, the tug was acquired by New York Marine Towing Incorporated of Montauk, New York. Where the tug was renamed as the Specialist.

In 2008, she was acquired by Lafayette Workboat Rentals Incorporated of Broussard, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as The Rock.

In 2012, the tug was acquired by Andrie Incorporated of Muskegon, Michigan. Where she retained her name.

In 2016, she was acquired by Great Lakes Dock and Materials of Muskegon, Michigan. Where the tug was renamed as the Meredith Ashton.

Powered by two, Cummins KTA-38M diesel engines. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 1,240 horsepower.
(Isaac Pennock, Will Van Dorp, Tyler Fairfield)


  • Vessel Name: SPECIALIST (1981)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 640082
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8951487
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDE6036
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 140
  • Ship Builder: Service Machine & Shipbuilding Corp.
  • Year Built: 1981
  • Length: 69
  • Hailing Port: MUSKEGON, MI.
  • Hull Depth: 9
  • Hull Breadth: 26
  • Gross Tonnage: 127
  • Net Tonnage: 86
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    ALPHA, SPECIALIST, THE ROCK, MEREDITH ASHTON
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Action Marine Inc., New York Marine Towing Inc., Lafayette Workboat Rentals Inc., Andrie Inc.