Built in 1977, by Quality Shipyards of Houma, Louisiana (hull #138) as the Gulf Whale for Gulf Mississippi Marine of Houston, Texas.
Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas would later merge with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas, as well as Gulf Fleet of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels. Tidewater Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana at that time had about two hundred seventy five vessels.
In the fall of 1986, Seahorse Marine of Lockport, Louisiana merged into Zapata Gulf Marine adding an additional ninety vessels to the fleet.
Seahorse Marine had been founded by the Arthur Levey family as Arthur Levey Boat Company after World War II. The company was later acquired by Petrolane Natural Gas of Belding, Mississippi. Where the company was renamed Seahorse Marine. In 1985, Petrolane was acquired by Texas Eastern of Houston, Texas. Which was a larger natural gas company. However, in the fall of 1986, Texas Eastern traded the company to Zapata Gulf Marine for an exchange of stock.
On January 15th of 1992 Zapata Gulf Marine merged with Tidewater Marine of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The tug was later acquired by Gulf Coast Transit of Tampa, Florida. Where she was renamed as the Janet Graham.
She was then acquired by Express Marine of Camden, New Jersey where she was renamed as the Express Explorer . She serviced the Domino Sugar plant in Brooklyn, New York. When the Domino Sugar plant closed; the contract the Express Explorer operated under ended.
The tug was then acquired by Dann Ocean Towing of Tampa, Florida. Where she was renamed as the Allie B.
She is a model bow, twin screw ABS A-1 Towing service, maltese cross classed tug. Powered by two EMD 12-645-E6 diesel main engines with REINTJES WAV 1850 reduction gears turning via 9(in) shafts; two 108(in) diameter by 108(in) fixed pitch five bladed stainless steel propellers mounted in kort nozzles for a rated 3,000 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two 75-KW generators driven by two Detroit 6V71 engines. The tug's capacities are 96,000 gallons of fuel oil, 225 gallons of hydraulic oil, 4,185 gallons of lube oil, 6,925 gallons of water.
Her towing gear consists of an INTERcon DD-200 double drum towing winch outfitted with 2,000(ft) of 2(in) towing wire, with a secondary drum equipped 2000(ft) of 2(in) towing wire. The towing winch features a line pull of 200,000 lbs. It is driven by a Detroit 8V71 engine, she also features sheaves and fairleads for notch towing.
(Captain Eric Takakjian)