Built in 2006, by Quality Shipyards Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #1255) as the Ave Maria for Eckstein Marine Services of Jefferson, Louisiana. A division of the Marquette Transportation Company of Jefferson, Louisiana.
In 2007, the tug was transferred to the Marquette Transportation Company of Jefferson, Louisiana. Where she retained her name.
Powered by two, Caterpillar 3508 diesel engines. With Reintjes reduction gears, at a ratio of 5.947:1. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 2,000 horsepower.