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BAY TIDE
Photo by: Captain Brian Fournier

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

In 1978, the tug was acquired by the Crescent Towing and Salvage Company 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 she was renamed as the Bay Titian.

As of 2007, the tug was no longer listed in documentation.

In 2009 she was sunk as part of a reef approximately 10nm off the Delaware Coast.

She was a single screw tug, rated at 1,800 horsepower.
(Wallace Rosser)


  • Vessel Name: BAY TIDE
  • 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
  • Hailing Port: NORFOLK, VA.
  • 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, Crescent Towing and Salvage, BAY TOWING CORPORATION