Built in 1970, by Bludworth Shipyard of Corpus Christi, Texas (hull #71) as the Mister Richard for Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas.
Jackson Marine was owned by the Halliburton Corporation of Houston, Texas. The company owned a total of ninety vessels. Consisting mainly of offshore tugs, and supply vessels. With some chemical transport and some well stimulation vessels.
Jackson Marine Corporation later merged with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas and Gulf Fleet of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels. Tidewater Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana at that time had about two hundred seventy five vessels.
In the fall of 1986, Seahorse Marine of Lockport, Louisiana merged into Zapata Gulf Marine adding an additional ninety vessels to the fleet.
Seahorse Marine had been founded by the Arthur Levey family as Arthur Levey Boat Company after World War II. The company was later acquired by Petrolane Natural Gas of Belding, Mississippi. Where the company was renamed Seahorse Marine. In 1985, Petrolane was acquired by Texas Eastern of Houston, Texas. Which was a larger natural gas company. However, in the fall of 1986, Texas Eastern traded the company to Zapata Gulf Marine for an exchange of stock.
On January 15th of 1992 Zapata Gulf merged with Tidewater Marine of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The tug was then acquired by Hale Container Transport of Baltimore, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Ashley Hale.
When Hale Transport lines was dissolved, the tug was acquired by Allied Transportation of Norfolk, Virginia. Where she was renamed as the Falcon.
She is a twin screw tug powered by twin 12-251C Alco main engines with turbos for a rated at 4,400 horsepower.
In 2012, Allied Transportation was acquired the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.
(Sam Zapadinsky, Captain Eric Takakjian)