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EARL FRANKLIN
Pictured as: the Earl Franklin (Amherst-Madison) Photo by: Unknownc

Built in 1970, by Paducah Marine Ways of Paducah, Kentucky (hull #2704) Helen Wolter for the Waterfront Services Company of Cairo, Illinois.

The tug was later acquired by the Madison Coal and Supply Company of Charleston, West Virginia. Where she was renamed as the Earl Franklin.

In 2010, the Madison Coal and Supply Company, become Amherst Madison Incorporated of Charleston, West Virginia. Where the tug retained her name.

She is a twin screw pushboat, rated at 760 horsepower.
(Birk Thomas)


  • Vessel Name: EARL FRANKLIN
  • USCG Doc. No.: 528622
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 2704
  • Ship Builder: PADUCAH MARINE WAYS INC
  • Year Built: 1970
  • Length: 51
  • Hailing Port: CHARLESTON, WV.
  • Hull Depth: 6.7
  • Hull Breadth: 22
  • Gross Tonnage: 52
  • Net Tonnage: 76
  • Owner:
    AMHERST MADISON INC
    2 PORT AMHERST DRIVE
    CHARLESTON, WV 25306
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Helen Wolter
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Waterfront Services Co., MADISON COAL AND SUPPLY COMPANY INC, AMHERST MADISON INC