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History

Latham Smith founded Smith Maritime in 1968 when he built his first oceangoing boat, the Tug ELSBETH, on the Miami River in Florida. Since the successful operation of that boat, Latham has built three more tugboats, the ELSBETH II in 1987, the ELSBETH III in 1998, and the RHEA in 2002. Latham’s influence and unique design characteristics have given these grand tugs an air of strength with class.

Latham’s shipyard on the St. John’s River in Green Cove Springs, Florida was later set up as a place to build new vessels and maintain the fleet. The ELSBETH II, ELSBETH III, & her twin RHEA were built here. These sister tugs were built with three engines each to maximize power and minimize fuel consumption. The hulls of the boats are shallow to allow better access to coastal or low-lying areas. In addition, they have heavy reinforced ½ inch plates and heavy rubber fendering. This hull design and fendering is so that contact in moderate conditions will result in minimal damage and risks are taken with confidence. The prop/nozzle configuration is also robust enough to risk conditions that are unthinkable for other tugs. Every detail in the stellar design of these tugs are testaments of Latham’s skill and ingenuity.

In 2006, Latham purchased the DIXIE DIVER. She is a 300 Ton Derrick Barge that has been refit and rebuilt at our Morgan City, LA location. The DIXIE DIVER is a welcome addition to salvage operations, heavy lifting, and construction. In 2009, Latham added the semi-submersible barge, ELVIS. Following the ELVIS in 2012, Latham added a heavy-lift deck barge, the MARILYN MONROE. Both of these barges have been rebuilt and brought up to Smith Maritime, as well as Full Ocean ABS and USCG, standards. As the company grows so does the fleet by acquiring new tugs and barges to accommodate all the services offered. The people have evolved with the Company to master not only the varied skills to safely operate and maintain the vessels, but also to acquire the now mandatory certifications and licenses to do so.

Year Operation Location
1990 "GOLIATH ATLANTIC" & ELSBETH II – FLO/FLO NOLA to Buenos Aries with river barges.
1992 "GOLIATH PACIFIC" & ELSBETH II – FLO/FLO NOLA to Buenos Aries with river barges
1993 “GOLIATH PACIFIC” & ELSBETH II – FLO/FLO Brazil to Singapore with Drill Platform.
1994 “GENMAR 104” & ELSBETH II –FLO/FLO Japan to Vancouver
1996 “ GOLIATH PACIFIC” & ELSBETH II –FLO/FLO Jacksonville to Belgium with Casino Boats.
1998 ELSBETH II Towage of 146 Meter Barge Venezuela to France
1997 ELSBETH II Tandem Tow of Army LCUS Norfolk to Southampton UK.
1998/1999 ELSBETH II Towage of 116 m Tank Barge on Multiple Trips NOLA to Callao Peru
1999 ELSBETH II Towage of an Aircraft Carrier Philadelphia to Norfolk
2000 ELSBETH III Towage of J/U “Karlissa B” Florida to Chile.
2001 ELSBETH III Towage of 138m Barge Bermuda to Spain.
2001 ELSBETH II Tow of M.V CAPE MENDOCINO 820x106 New Orleans to Mobile
2004 “AMT TRADER” & ELSBETH III -- FLO/FLO Curacao to Madeira
2004 RHEA Tow of the USS RAZORBACK SUBMARINE Turkey to NOLA
2004 ELSBETH II Towage of the 92m Power Barge Houston to Rio Brazil.
2004 ELSBETH III Towage of the SS AMERICAN RANGER 507’L Norfolk to Brownsville
2005 ELSBETH II Towage of the 110m Power Barge Rio Brazil to Guayaquil Ecuador
2005 ELSBETH III Towage of 300x100 Barge with deck sections Morgan City to Tunisia.
2005 RHEA Tandem Tow of two 250x72 Barges New York to Malta.
2005 RHEA Tow of Derrick Barge “TAKLIFT” Rotterdam to Marcaibo, Venezuela.
2005 RHEA Tow of TEXAS CLIPPER 45 Beaumont to Lake Charles
2005 ELSBETH II Tow of MV DETROIT 789x102 Norfolk to Brownsville.
2006 ELSBETH III Tow of USCG Cutter NOLA to Hawaii.
2006 ELSBETH II Tow of MV SAN DIEGO 539x79 Norfolk to Brownsville.
2006 ELSBETH II Tow of M/V MALLORY LYKES 666x75 Beaumont to NO
2006 ELSBETH II Tow of M/V ALLISON LYKES 666x75 Beaumont to NOLA
2006 ELSBETH II Tow of M/V JOSHUA HUMPHREYS 677x97 Charleston
2007 ELSBETH II Tow of LONESTAR HORIZON Barge 360x90 Galveston
2007 ELSBETH II Tow of M/V LEXINGTON 620x78
Beaumont to NOLA
2007 ELSBETH II Tow of M/V PENNSYLVANIA TRADER 640x82 Beaumont
2007 ELSBETH III Tow of M/V HUNLEY 599x83 Norfolk to NOLA
2007 RHEA & BISSO418 on Salvage of Rowan Platform Legs US Gulf
2007 ELSBETH II Tow of M/V TOMSK Tanker 565x91 Freeport to Lisbon
2008 ELSBETH III Tow of Tank Barge “DBL-152” 442x76 Mobile to Piraeus
2008 ELSBETH II Salvage of M/V NEW FLAME Morgan City to Lome, Togo
2008 RHEA & ATLANTA BRIDGE – FLO/FLO Gibraltar
2008 ELSBETH II Tow of M/V CEMBAY Progresso, Mexico to Turkey
2008 ELSBETH II Tow US NAVY Submarine Drydock ARDM (492’L x 96’W) Groton, CT to Charleston, South Carolina
2009 ELSBETH II Tow of OSG-350 Tank Barge (655’ x 105’ x 55’) Tampa to Mobile
2009 ELSBETH III Tow of USN Vandenberg (522’L x 71’6”W) Norfolk to Key West
2009 RHEA Multiple Tows of the Atlanta Bridge 400x100
Corpus Christi to Orange, TX
2009 ELSBETH III Tow of Yue Gong Bo 39 (300x90) Construction/Crane Barge Ensenada
2009 ELSBETH II Tow of M-300 Tank Barge (587’L x 93’W) Tampa, Florida to Lagos, Nigeria
2010 ELSBETH III Tow of OSCG0351 Tank Barge (655’ x 105’ x 55’) Tampa to Pascagoula
2010 ELSBETH III Tow of M/V Horizon Crusader (700’ x 90’) Orange, Texas to New Orleans
2010 ELSBETH II Tow of BB-110 Barge from for Earthquake Relief in Jan Amelia to Haiti
2010 ELSBETH III Tow of BB-110 with Liftboats
Morgan City to Malabo in March 2010
2010 ELSBETH II Tow of M/V PERLA (477x69x14) in May 2010 New Orleans to Gibson, LA.
2010 ELSBETH II Tow of Captain H.A. Downing (674x89x17) in June 2010 New Orleans to Beaumont
2010 ELSBETH 1 Tow of MB105 Crane Barge in Support of BP Oil Spill Cleanup New Orleans
2010 RHEA Tow of Big Gulp 2 Skimmer in BP Oil Spill Cleanu New Orleans

About
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Latham Smith founded Smith Maritime in 1968 when he built his first oceangoing boat, the Tug Elsbeth.

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