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MARGARET C.
Pictured as: the Bay Tide (Bay Towing) Photo by: Captain Brian Fournier

Built in 1958, by Gulfport Shipbuilding Corporation of Port Arthur, Texas (hull #525) as the Margaret C. for the A.L. Mechling Barge Lines Incorporated of Joliet, Illinois.

In 1978, the tug was acquired by the Crescent Towing and Salvage Company Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Jason Smith.

In 2000, she was acquired by Robbins Maritime Incorporated of Norfolk, Virginia. Where the tug was renamed as the Bay Titian.

In 2007, the tug went out of documentation.

In 2009, she was sunk as part of an artificial reef project. The tug is located approximately 10(nm) off of the Delaware Coast. She was a single screw tug, rated at 1,800 horsepower.
(Wallace Rosser)


  • Vessel Name: MARGARET C.
  • USCG Doc. No.: 276923
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 5221568
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WK3661
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 525
  • Ship Builder: GULFPORT SHIPBLDG CORP
  • Year Built: 1958
  • Length: 96.6
  • Hull Depth: 11
  • Hull Breadth: 25.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 196
  • Net Tonnage: 81
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Margaret C., JASON SMITH, BAY TIDE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    A.L. Mechling Barge Lines Inc., Crescent Towing and Salvage Co. Inc, BAY TOWING CORPORATION