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ESCATAWPA
Pictured as: the Eascatawpa (Amherst-Madsion) Photo by: Unknown

Built in 1972, by Halter Marine Services of Lockport, Louisiana (hull #321) as the Escatawpa for the Warrior and Gulf Navigation Company of Mobile, Alabama.

The tug was later acquired by Red Star Towing of Charleston, West Virginia. Where the tug retained her name.

She was eventually acquired by Madison Coal and Supply Company of Charleston, West Virginia. Where she retained her name.

In 2010, the Madison Coal and Supply Company, become Amherst Madison Incorporated of Charleston, West Virginia. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2014, Amherst Madison Incorporated renamed the tug as the George W. Jones III.

Repowered in 2002. She is driven by two Cummins KTA38-M1 diesel engines. The tug is twin screw pushboat, rated at 1,800 horsepower.
(Birk Thomas)


  • Vessel Name: ESCATAWPA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 5416040
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDE2145
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 321
  • Ship Builder: HALTER MARINE SERVICE INC
  • Year Built: 1972
  • Length: 80.5
  • Hailing Port: CHARLESTON, WV.
  • Hull Depth: 9.5
  • Hull Breadth: 30
  • Gross Tonnage: 247
  • Net Tonnage: 168
  • Owner:
    AMHERST MADISON INC
    2 PORT AMHERST DRIVE
    CHARLESTON, WV 25306
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    ESCATAWPA, ESCATAWPA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Warrior & Gulf, RED STAR TOWING INC, MADISON COAL AND SUPPLY COMPANY INC, AMHERST MADISON INC