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JEAN McDOWELL
Pictured as: the Bus Brown (Amherst-Madison) Photo by: Unknown

Built in 1967, by Barbour Metal Boat Works of St. Louis, Missouri as the Jean McDowell for the Peabody Coal Company St. Louis, Missouri.

The tug was later acquired by the Southern Illinois Sand Company of Chester, Illinois. Where she retained her name.

In 2000, she was acquired by the Madison Coal and Supply Company of Charleston, West Virginia. Where the tug was renamed as the Bus Brown.

In 2010, the Madison Coal and Supply Company, become Amherst Madison Incorporated of Charleston, West Virginia. Where the tug retained her name.

She is a twin screw tug rated at 660 horsepower.
(Birk Thomas)


  • Vessel Name: JEAN McDOWELL
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0512006
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WR9501
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: BARBOUR METAL BOAT WORKS
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 52
  • Hailing Port: CHARLESTON, WV.
  • Hull Depth: 6.2
  • Hull Breadth: 21
  • Gross Tonnage: 73
  • Net Tonnage: 49
  • Owner:
    AMHERST MADISON INC
    2 PORT AMHERST DRIVE
    CHARLESTON, WV 25306
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    JEAN MCDOWELL
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Peabody Coal Co., SOUTHERN IL SAND CO INC, MADISON COAL AND SUPPLY COMPANY INC, AMHERST MADISON INC