Built in 1967, by Houma Shipbuilding Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana as the U.T. 1.
The tug was later sold, where she was renamed as the Nickie B.
She was eventually acquired by Detyens Shipyard Incorporated of Charleston, South Carolina. Where the tug was renamed as the Katrina.
In 2003, she was acquired by the Thames Towboat Company of New London, Connecticut where she was renamed as the John Paul
Named for the Thames Towboat company's vice president, Adam Wronowski's son, John Paul Wronowski. She underwent modifications at the Thames Shipyard and Repair Company in New London, Connecticut. Where the tug was fitted with kort nozzles, and underwater submarine fenders. As well as extensive, interior modifications.
In 2008, the Thames Towboat Company re powered the tug, at the Thames Shipyard and Repair Company in New London, Connecticut. Her original Cummins diesel engines were removed, and replaced with refurbished Cummins diesel engines.
Powered by two, Cummins KTA19-M2 diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG-516 reduction gears, at a ratio of 5:1. Turning two, 72(in) by 58(in), fixed pitch propellers, mounted in kort nozzles. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 1,200 horsepower.