Crescent Towing And Salvage Establishes An Alabama Division

Crescent Towing & Salvage Co., Inc., recently announced establishment of an Alabama Division to provide complete harbor towing services for the Port of Mobile.

James E. Smith, president of the New Orleans, La.-based firm, said two of his company's newest tugs, the 2,400-hp Marion Smith and the 1,800-hp Elizabeth Smith, began tugboat operations in Mobile in November.

Mr. Smith also announced the appointment of Prentiss D. (Tad) Willcutt as manager of Crescent's new Mobile fleet, which is being manned by all Mobile-area experienced crews. Mr. Willcutt, a native Mobilian, has been associated with Mobile Bay maritime operations since 1970.

"The two Crescent tugs assigned to Mobile are only the first of an expanding fleet operation planned f o r the Alabama Division," Mr. Smith stated. "We are confident that the Port of Mobile will continue to grow and that more of our Crescent Fleet tugs will be needed in the future to accommodate the port's growth," he said.

Crescent presently operates New Orleans's largest tugboat fleet — 20 tugs ranging in power and size f r om 1,500 to 4,000 hp and f r om 300 to 450 tons displacement. The two tugs in Mobile are of Crescent's Marion Smith Class, measuring 106 feet in length and displacing 350 tons. Both tugs have been fully modernized and repowered within the last year, Mr. Smith noted.

Crescent's Mobile tugs are berthed at the Alabama State Docks. The company's administrative offices are located in the First National Bank Building.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 47,  Feb 1980

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