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REED

Built in 1944, by Port Houston Iron Works of Houston, Texas (hull #63) as the ST-729 for the United States Army.

In 1946, the tug was transferred to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Where she was renamed as the Reed.

In 1962, she was acquired by the Bisso Towboat Company of Luling, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the Billy B.

The Bisso Towboat Company later renamed the tug as the Elizabeth S.

The tug is no longer listed in documentation. Her current, and or final disposition is unknown. She was a single screw tug, rated at 1,800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: REED
  • USCG Doc. No.: 288543
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WT2461
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 63
  • Ship Builder: PORT HOUSTON IRON WORKS
  • Year Built: 1944
  • Length: 78.9
  • Hull Depth: 9.2
  • Hull Breadth: 23
  • Gross Tonnage: 133
  • Net Tonnage: 52
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    ST-729, Reed, Billy B., ELIZABETH S.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    United States Army, United States Army Corps of Engineers, BISSO TOWBOAT CO INC., ROGER ROUZIER JR