Blair L. Settoon tug christened
By Linda Cooke
Special to The
A boat was christened July 29 at Settoon Towing in Belle River, the most recent of five new vessels that have received blessings at the dockside facility.
The boat, the Blair L. Settoon, was named after a grandchild of the towing company’s founder, Fred and Shirley Settoon and the daughter of Russ and Jennifer Settoon.
The vessel is 90-foot by 35-foot long and powered by a 2,600-horse power engine. It has a 40,000-gallon fuel tank and holds 20,000 gallons of water. Conrad Industries in Morgan City built the vessel.
She will run the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Mississippi River systems and push up to a 900-foot tow. Alfred Bartholomew will captain the state-of-of-art tug with a crew of five, which is headed for Houston.
The boat previously was blessed by the Rev. Clarence Waguespack, who couldn’t attend the formal christening.
Another ship, the Jennifer B. Settoon, recently was built and now is working in the field.
With the delivery of the Austin C. Settoon vessel, Settoon Towing entered the large tow market in 2009. Four more boats currently are under construction in Florida. They will be named the Fred, Shirley, Amelia and James Settoon.
Settoon Towing ranks in the top 20 Towing Companies in the country.