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RUBY VIII
Pictured as: the Ruby VIII (Campbell Maritime) Photo by: Kyle Stubbs

Built in 1944, by Reliable Welding Works of Olympia, Washington as the Ruby VIII for the General Construction Company of Seattle, Washington.

In 1948, while towing an empty barge, the tug suddenly sank on Admiralty Inlet near Port Townsend, Washington, with the loss of her two crew members. She was later salvaged and returned to service.

The she was acquired by Rockeries Incorporated of Tacoma, Washington. Where the tug was renamed as the Joshua T.

In 1995, the tug was acquired by an individual named Dene Harrington of Bellingham, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Coot.

In 2005, the tug was acquired by Campbell Maritime Incorporated of Seattle, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Ruby VIII.

In 2020, the assets of Campbell Maritime, including the Ruby VIII , were acquired by DeForge Maritime Towing of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug was renamed as the Smokey.

She is a single screw tug, rated at 500 horsepower.

The tug's capacities are 4,500 gallons of fuel, 200 gallons of lube oil, and 450 gallons of water.


  • Vessel Name: RUBY VIII
  • USCG Doc. No.: 247040
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WB8545
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: RELIABLE WELDING WORKS
  • Year Built: 1944
  • Length: 52.5
  • Hailing Port: SEATTLE, WA
  • Hull Depth: 6.7
  • Hull Breadth: 14.8
  • Gross Tonnage: 40
  • Net Tonnage: 27
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    RUBY VIII, JOSHUA T., COOT
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    General Construction Co, Rockeries Inc, STEPHEN M TATE, Dene Harrington, CAMPBELL MARITIME INC