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KRISTIE LEIGH
Pictured as: the Brown Water VIII (Brown Water Marine) Photo by: Sam Draye

Built in 1977, by Verret Shipyard Incorporated of Plaquemine, Louisiana (hull #28) as Miss Lennie for the Chandler Marine Company of Baytown, Texas.

In 1984, the tug was acquired by Force Fleet Logistics Incorporated of Gretna, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Force Three.

In 1988, she was acquired by River Runner Enterprises of Kenner, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed Kristie Leigh.

In 1992, the tug was acquired by Gateway Tugs Incorporated of Brownsville, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1998, she was acquired by Marine Fueling Service Incorporated of Port Arthur, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as Mary Lou.

In 2001, the tug was acquired by Brown Water Marine Service Incorporated of Ingleside, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Brown Water VIII.

Powered by two, Cummins KTA19-M diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at a ratio of 5.17:1. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 1,200 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: KRISTIE LEIGH
  • USCG Doc. No.: 584092
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC3417
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 28
  • Ship Builder: VERRET SHIPYARD INC
  • Year Built: 1977
  • Length: 60
  • Hailing Port: ROCKPORT, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 8
  • Hull Breadth: 22
  • Gross Tonnage: 71
  • Net Tonnage: 56
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Miss Lennie, Force Three, Kristie Leigh, Mary Lou
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Chandler Marine Co., Force Fleet Logistics, Inc., River Runner Enterprises, Gateway Tugs Inc., Marine Fueling Service Inc.