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APPALOOSA

Built in 1974, by Houma Shipbuilding of Houma, Louisiana (hull #43) as the I.C. Hoskins for the Arthur Smith Corporation of Houston, Texas.

In 1987, the tug was acquired by Hollywood Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where she retained her name.

In 1988, she was acquired by Ed Railey of Houston, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1989, the tug was acquired by the Channel Shipyard Company Incorporated of Highlands, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Brandy G.

In 1993, she was acquired by the Intracoastal Transport Company Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Miss Patsy.

In 1996, the tug was acquired Wood Creek Towing Incorporated of Baytown, Texas. Where she was renamed as Miss Laura.

In 1999, the tug was acquired by the Western Towing Company Incorporated of Channelview, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Appaloosa.

In 2004, she was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where retained her name.

In 1990, the tug was rebuilt by Lynchburg Shipyard Incorporated of Highlands, Texas. Powered by two, Volvo TAMD-122A diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at a ratio of 6:1. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: APPALOOSA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 540164
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2577
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 43
  • Ship Builder: HOUMA SHIPBUILDING CORP
  • Year Built: 1974
  • Length: 55.5
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 8.5
  • Hull Breadth: 22
  • Gross Tonnage: 97
  • Net Tonnage: 66
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DR STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    I.C. Hoskins, BRANDY G., MISS PATSY, MISS LAURA, Appaloosa
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Arthur-Smith Corp., Hollywood Marine Inc., Ed Railey, Channel Shipyard Co. Inc., Intracoastal Transport Co. Inc., Wood Creek Towing Inc., Western Towing Co., KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP A DELAWARE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP