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MISTER MIKE
Pictured as: the Miss Gill (Norfolk Tug) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1970, by Halter Marine Services of New Orleans, Louisiana (hull #237) as the Mister Mike for the Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas.

Jackson Marine was owned by the Halliburton Corporation of Houston, Texas. The company owned a total of ninety vessels. Consisting mainly of offshore tugs, and supply vessels. With some chemical transport and some well stimulation vessels.

Jackson Marine Corporation later merged with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas and Gulf Fleet of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels. Tidewater Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana at that time had about two hundred seventy five vessels.

In the fall of 1986, Seahorse Marine of Lockport, Louisiana merged into Zapata Gulf Marine adding an additional ninety vessels to the fleet.

Seahorse Marine had been founded by the Arthur Levey family as Arthur Levey Boat Company after World War II. The company was later acquired by Petrolane Natural Gas of Belding, Mississippi. Where the company was renamed Seahorse Marine. In 1985, Petrolane was acquired by Texas Eastern of Houston, Texas. Which was a larger natural gas company. However, in the fall of 1986, Texas Eastern traded the company to Zapata Gulf Marine for an exchange of stock.

On January 15th of 1992 Zapata Gulf merged with Tidewater Marine of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The tug was later acquired by the Foss Maritime Company of Tacoma, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Karl Foss.

She was then acquired by Global International Marine. Where the tug was renamed as the Samson.

Tug was later acquired by Norfolk Tug of Norfolk, Virginia. Where she was renamed as the Miss Gill.

Powered by two Twin Caterpillar 3512C diesel engines, with ZF reduction gears at a ratio of 6.833:1, with shaft brakes, turning two 105(in) by 60(in) four bladed stainless steel propellers, for a rated 3,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two 99kW Kohler 99EOZC generators, driven by two John Deere 6068TFM76A engines. The tug's capacities are 72,000 gallons of fuel oil, 1,200 gallons of lube oil, and 15,000 gallons of potable water.

The towing gear consists of a Skagit double drum towing winch, outfitted with 2(in) towing wire, as well as stern turning chocks for spectra push gear.
(Captain Eric Takakjian)


  • Vessel Name: MISTER MIKE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 05243300
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 071141090
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD3010
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 237
  • Ship Builder: HALTER MARINE SERVICE INC
  • Year Built: 1970
  • Length: 100.2
  • Hailing Port: NORFOLK, VA.
  • Hull Depth: 12.2
  • Hull Breadth: 31.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 143
  • Net Tonnage: 97
  • Owner:
    WILLOUGHBY SPIT LLC
    151 S MAIN ST
    NORFOLK, VA 23523
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    MISTER MIKE, KARL FOSS, SAMSON
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Jackson Marine Corporation, Gulf Fleet, Zapata Gulf, Tidewater Marine, GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL MARINE INC, WILLOUGHBY SPIT LLC