Built in 1940, by Bethlehem Steel of Beaumont, Texas (hull #231) as Edmund J. Moran for the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York.
In 1943, the tug was requisitioned by the United States Navy, where she retained her name.
In 1946, the tug was returned to the Moran Towing Company of New York, New York. Where she retained her original name.
In 1976, she was later acquired by Andrie Incorporated of Muskegon, Michigan. Where she was renamed as the Barbara Andrie.
Originally Powered by a single General Motors diesel engines. The tug was later repowered with a single EMD 16-645 EF diesel engine, turning a four bladed fixed pitch bronze 120(in) propeller via an 8(in) shaft with 93(in) pitch for a rated 2,200 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two 200 kW A.C. generators driven by GM 8V 71 engines.
The tug's towing gear consists of an Almon A. Johnson hydraulic single drum towing machine with a level wind; outfitted with 2000(ft) of 2(in) of wire. On her bow she features two Nabrico Electric / Hydraulic, 50 ton winches fitted with 1(in) wire rope.
Her capacities are 25,000 gallons of fuel oil, 300 gallons of lube oil, 300 gallons of waste oil and 4,000 gallons of potable water.