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AMERICAN VIKING
Pictured as: the Mari Beth Andrie (Canonie Transportation) Photo by: Marc Piche

Built in 1961, by Nolty J. Theriot Incorporated of Golden Meadow, Louisiana (hull #14) as the Gladys Bea for Nolty J. Theriot Offshore Incorporated of Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

In 1973, the tug was acquired by Tidewater Dredge and Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois. Where she was renamed as the American Viking.

In 1975, she was acquired by the by the Bultema Dock and Dredge Company of Muskegon, Michigan. Where the retained her name.

In 1981, she was acquired by the Canonie Transportation Company of Muskegon, Michigan. Where the the tug was renamed as the Mari Beth Andrie.

In 1983, the Canonie Transportation Company became Andrie Incorporated of Muskegon, Michigan. Where the tug retained here name.

In 2005, the tug was acquired by the King Company of Holland, Michigan. Where she was renamed as the Matt Allen.

Powered by two Detroit Diesel 12V-149 diesel engines. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 2,200 horsepower.
(Tom Hynes)


  • Vessel Name: AMERICAN VIKING
  • USCG Doc. No.: 287250
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Recreational, Registry
  • Call Sign: WS6103
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 14
  • Ship Builder: NOLTY THERIOT, BUILDER
  • Year Built: 1961
  • Length: 80.4
  • Hailing Port: HOLLAND, MI.
  • Hull Depth: 11.3
  • Hull Breadth: 24
  • Gross Tonnage: 146
  • Net Tonnage: 99
  • Owner:
    RANDY KING
    13520 BARRY ST
    HOLLAND, MI 49424
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Gladys Bea, American Viking, MARI BETH ANDRIE, MATT ALLEN
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Nolty J. Theriot Offshore Inc., Tidewater Dredge and Construction Co., Bultema Dock and Dredge Co., Canonie Transportation Co., Andrie Inc., King Co., RANDY KING