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PURPLE HAYS (1966)
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1966, by the John Bludworth Shipyard Incorporated of Corpus Christi, Texas (hull #65) as the Tom Smith.

The tug was later acquired by the Hays Tug and Launch Company of Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Where she was renamed as the Purple Hays.

She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 3,600 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: PURPLE HAYS (1966)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 502066
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8991657
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WV9800
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 65
  • Ship Builder: BLUDWORTH SHIPYARD
  • Year Built: 1966
  • Length: 108
  • Hull Depth: 11.4
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 369
  • Net Tonnage: 204
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Tom Smith
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    PURPLE HAYS TUGBOAT COMPANY