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DAVIS SEA
Pictured as: the Davis Sea (Kirby Corporation) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1982, by Sherman Shipyard of Panama City, Florida (hull #21) as the Captain Red.

The tug was later sold. Where she was renamed as the Merchants Hope.

She was then acquired by the BayGulf Trading Corporation Norfolk, Virgina where she was renamed as the Barret L.

In 2007, the the BayGulf Trading Corporation was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug was renamed as the Davis Sea.

In 2008, the tug was outfitted with an upper wheelhouse, and a JAK-400 coupler system at Feeney's Enterprises of Kingston, New York.

In 2011, the K-Sea Transportation Partnership was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

She is a twin screw tug, rated at 2,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: DAVIS SEA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 651977
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8989941
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDC2883
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 21
  • Ship Builder: SHERMAN SHIPYARD INC
  • Year Built: 1982
  • Length: 77.4
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 8.5
  • Hull Breadth: 26
  • Gross Tonnage: 95
  • Net Tonnage: 64
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE SUITE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    CAPTAIN RED, MERCHANTS HOPE, BARRETT L.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    MBJ CORPORATION, K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP L P, K-SEA OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP