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SOUTHPORT

Built 1946, by Luders Marine Construction of Stamford, Connecticut (hull #530) as the Orion for the Boston Towboat Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1989, She was acquired by the McAllister Brothers Towing Company of New York, New York. where she was renamed as the Southport.

In 1997, the tug was acquired by Minroc Marine Construction of Titusville, Florida. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2011, The tug was later sold to undisclosed Bolivian Interests. Where she was renamed as the Rusty Pelican. The tug was a single screw, rated at 1,600 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: SOUTHPORT
  • USCG Doc. No.: 251319
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8038534
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise, Unrestricted Registry
  • Call Sign: CPA865
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 530
  • Ship Builder: LUDERS MARINE CONSTRUCTION
  • Year Built: 1946
  • Length: 94
  • Hailing Port: Bolivia
  • Hull Depth: 11
  • Hull Breadth: 25
  • Gross Tonnage: 181
  • Net Tonnage: 123
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Orion, SOUTHPORT
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Boston Towboat Co., MCALLISTER TOWING OF WILMINGTON INC, MINROC MARINE INC, MINROC MARINE INC,