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FALCON
Photo by: Birk Thomas

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

The Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas would later merge with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas, as well as Gulf Fleet of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels.

In 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.

In 1988, the tug was acquired by Hale Container Transport Lines of Baltimore, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Ashley Hale.

In 1992, when Hale Transport lines was dissolved. 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 Dann Marine Towing of Chesapeake City, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Carolina Coast.

Powered by two 12-251C Alco diesel engines with turbos. She is a twin screw tug rated at 4,400 horsepower.
(Sam Zapadinsky, Captain Eric Takakjian, 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, Zapata Gulf, Hale Container Transport, Allied Transportation, O A LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC