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FALCON
Pictured as: the Carolina Coast (Dann Marine Towing) Photo by: Jeffery Anzevino

Built in 1970, by Bludworth Shipyard of Corpus Christi, Texas (hull #71) as the Mister Richard for the Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas.

The Jackson Marine Corporation 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 well stimulation vessels.

The Jackson Marine Corporation later merged with the Zapata Gulf Marine Company of Houston, Texas and the Gulf Fleet Marine Company of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels.

In the fall of 1986, Seahorse Marine Incorporated of Lockport, Louisiana merged into the Zapata Gulf Marine Company adding an additional ninety vessels to the fleet.

The Seahorse Marine Company 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 the Texas Eastern Company of Houston, Texas. Which was a larger natural gas company. However in the fall of 1986, the Texas Eastern Company traded the company to the Zapata Gulf Marine Company for an exchange of stock.

In 1988, the tug was acquired by the Hale Container Transport Lines of Baltimore, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Ashley Hale. In 1992, the Hale Container Transport Lines were dissolved, and the company's assets were sold.

In 1992, the tug was acquired by the Allied Transportation Company of Norfolk, Virginia. Where she was renamed as the Falcon.

In 2012, the Allied Transportation Company was acquired the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2014, the tug was acquired by the Dann Marine Towing Company of Chesapeake City, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Carolina Coast.

Powered by two, twelve cylinder, Alco 251C, turbo diesel engines. With Falk 30 MRVC A35-G reduction gears, at a ratio of 6:7:1. Turning two, 132(in) by 95(in), fixed pitch, stainless steel, propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 4,400 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 99kW, Detroit Diesel, 8V-71N generator sets. The tug's capacities are 72,900 gallons of fuel, 1,000 gallons of lube oil, 1,795 gallons of waste oil, and 4,000 gallons of potable water.

The towing equipment consists of a Skagit, double drum, towing winch. Outfitted with 2,700(ft) of 2(in) towing wire.
(Captain Sam Zapadinsky, Captain Eric Takakjian, Captain Ted Bishop)


  • Vessel Name: FALCON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 525828
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7042863
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WBE7134
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 71
  • Ship Builder: BLUDWORTH SHIPYARD
  • Year Built: 1970
  • Length: 112.7
  • Hailing Port: CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 18.5
  • Hull Breadth: 33
  • Gross Tonnage: 196
  • Net Tonnage: 133
  • Owner:
    M/V BARBARY COAST LC
    299 BOAT YARD RD PO BOX 250
    CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD 21915
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Mister Richard, Ashley Hale, FALCON, FALCON
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Jackson Marine Corp, Gulf Fleet Marine Corp., Zapata Gulf Marine Services Inc., Hale Container Transport Line, Allied Transportation Co., O A LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC