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DIXIE LEADER
Photo by: Captain Ted

Built in 1971, by Superior Boat Works of Greenville, Mississippi (hull #116) as the Capt. W.F. Fredeman for the Port Arthur Towing Company of Port Arthur, Texas.

In 1979, the tug was sold. Where she was renamed as the Alliance Prince.

In 1986, she was acquired by Dixie Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Dixie Leader.

In 1996, the tug was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where she was retained her name.

Powered by two, GM 16-567C diesel engines. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 3,200 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: DIXIE LEADER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 536311
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8836546
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2673
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 116
  • Ship Builder: Superior Boat Works
  • Year Built: 1971
  • Length: 133
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 10.5
  • Hull Breadth: 35
  • Gross Tonnage: 579
  • Net Tonnage: 393
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Capt. W. F. Fredeman, Alliance Prince, Dixie Leader
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Port Arthur Towing Co., Dixie Marine 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