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DARIN M. ADRIAN (1953)

Built in 1953, by the Dravo Corporation of Neville Island, Pennsylvania (hull #3220) as the Southern for the Union Barge Line Incorporated of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A subsidy of the A.L. Mechling Barge Lines Incorporated of Joliet, Illinois.

In 1970, the tug was transferred to Cardinal Carriers Incorporated of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A division of the A.L. Mechling Barge Lines Incorporated of Joliet, Illinois. Where the tug was renamed as the Goldfinch.

In 1981, she was acquired by the D and M Towing Company Incorporated of St. Louis, Missouri. Where the tug was renamed as the Majestic.

In 1982, the tug was acquired by Dravo Mechling Corporation of New Orleans, Louisiana. A division of the A.L. Mechling Barge Lines Incorporated of Joliet, Illinois. Where she was renamed as the Southern.

In 1988, she was acquired by National Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1985, the tug was leased to the Sutton Marine Corporation of Mapaville, Missouri. Where she retained her name.

In 1986, she was leased to B and H Towing Incorporated of Paducah, Kentucky. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1992, the tug was acquired by the Marquette Transportation Company of Jefferson, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Darin M. Adrian.

In 2007, she was phased out of active service, and she was "laid up."

In 2008, the tug was acquired by South American interests. Her current, and or final disposition is unknown.

Re powered in 1972, she is powered by two, EMD 12-645E7 diesel engines. With Falk reduction gears, at a ratio of 3.577:1. Turning two, stainless steel, fixed pitch propellers, mounted in kort nozzles. She was a twin screw towboat, rated at 4,200 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: DARIN M. ADRIAN (1953)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 266359
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WF2293
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 3220
  • Ship Builder: Dravo Corp.
  • Year Built: 1953
  • Length: 155.8
  • Hull Depth: 10.8
  • Hull Breadth: 36.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 744
  • Net Tonnage: 600
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Southern, Goldfinch, Majestic, Southern, DARIN ADRIAN
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Union Barge Line Inc., D & M Towing Co. Inc., Dravo Mechling Corp., National Marine Inc., MARQUETTE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LLC