Built in 1992, by Acadian Shipyard Incorporated of Grand Bois, Louisiana (hull #19) as the Joel Smith for the Barge Transport Company Incorporated Houston, Texas.
In 1997, the tug was acquired by Martin Midstream Partnership Incorporated of Vidor, Texas. Where she retained her name.
Powered by two, Cummins KTA38-M1 diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at a ratio of 7:1. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 2,000 horsepower.