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MARQUETTE HILLTOPPER

Built in 1974, by Halter Marine Services Incorporated of Lockport, Louisiana (hull #409) as the H.R. Zimmerman for the Thomas Marine Company of Butler, Pennsylvania.

In 1977, the tug was acquired by the Apex Oil Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1980, the Apex Oil Company renamed the tug as the Karman P.

In 1995, she was acquired by the Marquette Transportation Company of Jefferson, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the Myra Eckstein.

In 2011, the Marquette Transportation Company renamed the tug as the Capt. David Goin.

In 2012, the Marquette Transportation Company renamed the tug as the Marquette Hilltopper.

Powered by two, EMD 12-645E7B diesel engines. With Falk reduction gears, at a ratio of 3.759:1. Turning two, stainless steel, Avdl, 105(in) by 83(in), fixed pitch propellers, mounted in kort nozzles. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 4,200 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, John Deere 6081 generator sets. The tug's capacities are 57,050 gallons of fuel, and 1,859 gallons of lube oil.


  • Vessel Name: MARQUETTE HILLTOPPER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 556957
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDF9497
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 409
  • Ship Builder: HALTER MARINE SVCS INC
  • Year Built: 1974
  • Length: 130
  • Hailing Port: ST. LOUIS, MO.
  • Hull Depth: 9.5
  • Hull Breadth: 38
  • Gross Tonnage: 598
  • Net Tonnage: 476
  • Owner:
    MARQUETTE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LLC
    150 BALLARD CIRCLE
    PADUCAH, KY 42001
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    H. R. Zimmerman, KARMAN P, MYRA ECKSTEIN, CAPT. DAVID GOIN
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Thomas Marine Co., Apex Towing Co., MARQUETTE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LLC, MARQUETTE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LLC