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Pictued as: the Samson Mariner (Samson) Photo Courtesy: Harold E. Tartell

Built in 1970, by Halter Marine Services of Lockport, Louisiana (hull #245) as the Captain Carl for Jackson Marine Services of Houston, Texas.

However, the tug was later renamed as the Mister B.

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.

She was eventually acquired by Dann Ocean Towing of Tampa, Florida. Where the tug was renamed as the Allie B.

The tug was later acquired by the Samson Tug and Barge Company of Sitka, Alaska. Where she was renamed as the Samson Mariner.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Harold E. Tartell, Ric Shrewsbury)

  • Vessel Name: MISTER B.
  • USCG Doc. No.: 05272480
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 070428510
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCN3586
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 245
  • Year Built: 1970
  • Length: 90.7
  • Hailing Port: SITKA, AK.
  • Hull Depth: 10.3
  • Hull Breadth: 28.5
  • Gross Tonnage: 158
  • Net Tonnage: 107
  • Owner:
    SITKA, AK 99835
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    MISTER B., Allie B.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    JACKSON MARINE LLC, Gulf Fleet, Zapata Marine, Tidewater Marine, Dann Ocean Towing, SAMSON TUG & BARGE COMPANY INC