Our History

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Crescent Towing and Salvage was established on May 7, 1942 by the Smith Family of New Orleans, Louisiana. After establishing itself as the premier tug provider on the Mississippi River, thirty-seven years later, Crescent Towing opened its doors in Mobile, Alabama on November 11, 1979. In 1983, Crescent Towing’s parent group at the time, T. Smith and Son, merged with Cooper Stevedoring to form Cooper/T. Smith, Inc. Shortly following the Cooper/T. Smith merger, on December 20, 1985, Crescent Towing established its operations in Savannah, Georgia.

From the steam powered tugboats of the 1940’s to the state-of-the-art z-drive tugboats of today, Crescent Towing continues to provide superior ship assist service in the ports of New Orleans, Mobile, and Savannah.

Cooper/T. Smith

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Serving the maritime industry since 1905, Cooper/T. Smith is one of America’s oldest and largest stevedoring and maritime firms with operations on all three U.S. coasts and international operations in Mexico. The company also maintains ownership in numerous satellite companies, complementing the multi-faceted maritime objectives. For more information, visit www.coopertsmith.com.