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BEN NOLAN
Photo by: Kyle Stubbs

Built in 1975 by RAYCO Shipbuilders and Repairers at Bourg, Louisiana (hull #44) as the Ronald Lecompte for the Point Landing Fuel Corporation of Avondale, Louisiana.

The tug was later acquired by Wood Towing of Avondale, Louisiana. Where she retained her name.

In 2015, wood towing renamed the tug as the Ben Nolan.

Powered by two GM 16V-71 diesel engines, with Twin Disc reduction gear at a ratio of 5.17:1. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 1,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: BEN NOLAN
  • USCG Doc. No.: 569642
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE5287
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 44
  • Ship Builder: RAYCO SHPBLDRS & REPAIRS
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Length: 54
  • Hailing Port: NEW ORLEANS, LA
  • Hull Depth: 9
  • Hull Breadth: 24
  • Gross Tonnage: 112
  • Net Tonnage: 76
  • Owner:
    Wood Towing, LLC
    5821 River Road
    Avondale, LA 70094
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    RONALD LECOMPTE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Point Landing Inc