Built in 1978, by Quality Equipment Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #154) as the Gulf Hawk for Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas.
In 1985, Zapata Marine Service, Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated, and Jackson Marine Services merged to form Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated of Houston, Texas.
In 1992, Zapata Gulf Marine Incorporated merged with Tidewater Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.
In 2004, she was acquired by the Dann Ocean Towing Company of Tampa, Florida. Where she was renamed as the Colonel.
Powered by two, EMD 12-645-E6 diesel engines. With Reintjes WAV 1850 reduction gears, at a ratio of 5.00:1.00. Turning two, 108(in) by 108(in), fixed pitch, four bladed, stainless steel propellers, mounted in kort nozzles. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 3,000 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by one, 99kW, Marathon generator set on the port side, driven by a Tier II compliant, John Deere 6068 diesel engine. And one, 99kW, Delco generator set on the starboard side, driven by a Detroit Diesel 8V-71 diesel engine. Her capacities are 92,000 gallons of fuel, 838 gallons of hydraulic oil, 2,500 gallons of lube oil, and 3,800 gallons of potable water.
Her towing equipment consists of a double drum, INTERcon DD-200, towing machine. Wutfitted with a 2,200(ft) of 2(in) towing wire on the primary drum. And, 2,000(ft) of 2(in) towing wire on the secondary drum.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Kyle Stubbs)