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FRANCIS BENEDICT
Photo by: Sam Draye

Built in 1972, by the Brent Towing Company of Greenville, Mississippi (hull #40) as the Belinda Brent for the Brent Towing Company of Greenville, Mississippi.

In 1988, the tug was acquired by Ole Man River Towing Incorporated of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Where she was renamed as the Austin Golding.

In 2006, she was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Francis Benedict.

Powered by two, GM 8-645E2 diesel engines. With Falk reduction gears, at a ratio of 4.304:1. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,950 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: FRANCIS BENEDICT
  • USCG Doc. No.: 544889
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2633
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 40
  • Ship Builder: BRENT TOWING COMPANY INC
  • Year Built: 1972
  • Length: 108.8
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 8.5
  • Hull Breadth: 28
  • Gross Tonnage: 296
  • Net Tonnage: 201
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    BELINDA BRENT, AUSTIN GOLDING
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Brent Towing Co., Ole Man River Towing Inc., KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP