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MAJOR
Pictured as: the Major (Amherst-Madison) Photo by: Unknown

Built in 1928, by Charles Ward Engineering of Charleston, West Virginia as the Major for the Kelley's Creek Barge Line of Ward, West Virginia.

In 1975, the tug was acquired by White Brothers Incorporated of Belle, West Virginia. Where the tug retained her name. However, she sank at Witcher Creek, West Virginia that same year.

In 1982, she was raised. And, acquired by the Madison Coal and Supply Company of Charleston, West Virginia. Where she retained her name.

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

The tug is paddle wheel driven, rated at 335 horsepower.
(Birk Thomas)


  • Vessel Name: MAJOR
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0228076
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: CHARLES WARD ENGRG WORKS
  • Year Built: 1928
  • Length: 64.7
  • Hailing Port: CHARLESTON, WV.
  • Hull Depth: 3.7
  • Hull Breadth: 18
  • Gross Tonnage: 49
  • Net Tonnage: 49
  • Owner:
    AMHERST MADISON INC
    2 PORT AMHERST DRIVE
    CHARLESTON, WV 25306
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Kelley's Creek Barge, White Brothers Inc, MADISON COAL AND SUPPLY COMPANY INC, AMHERST MADISON INC