Built in 1978, by Quality Equipment of Houma, Louisiana (hull #154) as the Gulf Hawk for Tidewater Marine.
The tug was later acquired by Zapata Gulf Marine where she retained her name.
She was then acquired by Dann Ocean Towing of Tampa, Florida where she was renamed as the Colonel .
The Colonel is a model bow, twin screw 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 four bladed stainless steel propellers mounted in kort nozzles for a rated 3,000 horsepower.
The tug's electrical service is provided by two 75 KW generators driven by two 8v-71 engines. Her capacities are 92,000 gallons of Fuel Oil, 838 gallons of Hydraulic Oil, 2,500 gallons of Lube Oil, 838 gallons of Gear Oil, 8,300 gallons of Potable Water, and 7,986 gallons of Wash Water.
Her towing gear consists of an INTERcon DD-200 double drum towing machine outfitted with a primary 2,200(ft) of 2(in) towing wire, and a secondary 2,000(ft) of 2(in) towing wire.