Built in 1968, by Gulfport Shipbuilding of Port Arthur, Texas (hull #716) as the Crusader for Esso Shipping of Wilmington, Delaware.
The tug was later acquired by Red Star Towing where she retained her original name.
Red Star Towing was eventually acquired by Amerada Hess (Hess Corporation) where the retained the name Crusader.
She was later sold and renamed as the Lyman Smith.
The tug was then acquired by Gateway Towing of New Haven, Connecticut where she was renamed as the Lyman.
She is a twin screw, model bow ABS Loadline certified tug. Powered by two Caterpillar 3606 diesel main engines with two Lufkin RHS 3620 reduction gears at a ratio of 4.53:1 turning two 108(in) by 104(in) pitch fixed pitch four bladed stainless steel Kahlenberg propellers for a rated 4,600 horsepower.