Built in 1970, by Halter Marine Services Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana (hull #259) as the Mister Robert for for the Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas.
The Jackson Marine Corporation 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 well stimulation vessels.
In 1985, Zapata Marine Service, Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated, and Jackson Marine Services merged to form Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.
In 1992, Zapata Gulf Marine Incorporated merged with Tidewater Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.
In 2004, the tug was acquired by American Workboats Incorporated of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where she was renamed as the American Patriot.
Powered by two, Alco diesel engines. Turning two, cast steel, fixed pitch propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 4,800 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two, 95kW generator sets. The tug's capacities are 98,800 gallons of fuel, 20,341 gallons of water, and 19,284 gallons of ballast.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Kyle Stubbs)