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BETTY D.
Photo by: Glenn Raymo

Built in 1980, by Bayou Black Shipyard Incorporated of Gibson, Louisiana (hull #0001) as the Bengal for the Bengal Marine Company of Lockport, Louisiana.

In 1984, the tug was acquired by Aqua Marine Managment Incorporated of Baytown, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Aggie.

In 1984, she was returned to the Bengal Marine Company of Lockport, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Bengal Aggie.

In 1984, the tug was acquired by the Rose Transportation Company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Where she was renamed as the Purple Rose.

In 1985, she was acquired by the Watson Marine Services Company of Port Allen, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1988, the tug was acquired by Marine Inland Industries Incorporated of West Bay, Florida. Where she retained her name.

She was later acquired by the Local Towing Company Incorporated of Norwalk, Connecticut. Where she was renamed as the John G.

The tug was then acquired by Monteiro Towing Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1997, she was acquired by Double Eagle Marine Incorporated of New Iberia, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Fighting Eagle.

In 2001, she was acquired by the Delta Towing Company of Houma, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Delta Tiger.

In 2011, the Delta Towing Company was acquired by Crosby Marine Transportation Company of Golden Meadow, Louisiana. Where she retained her name.

In 2013, the tug was acquired by General Electric Company of Albany, New York. Where she was renamed as the HR Bass. And, she was rebuilt with a retractable pilothouse.

In 2016, she was acquired by the New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company of Troy, New York. Where she was renamed as the Betty D.

Powered by two GM 16V-71 diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at ratio of 5:1. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 1,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: BETTY D.
  • USCG Doc. No.: 629525
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2310
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 0001
  • Ship Builder: BAYOU BLACK SHIPYARD, INC
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Length: 57
  • Hailing Port: TROY, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 8.6
  • Hull Breadth: 25.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 82
  • Net Tonnage: 65
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Bengal, Aggie, Bengal Aggie, Purple Rose, JOHN G., FIGHTING EAGLE, DELTA TIGER, DELTA TIGER, HR BASS
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Bengal Marine Inc., Aqua Marine Managment Inc., Bengal Marine Co., Rose Transportation Co., Watson Marine Services Co., Marine Inland Industries Inc., Local Towing Company Inc., Monteiro Towing Inc., Double Eagle Marine Inc., DELTA TOWING LLC, CROSBY MARINE TRANSPORTATION LLC, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY