Built in 1968, by Halter Marine Services Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana (hull #178) as the Black Hawk for Crowley Marine Services Incorporated of San Francisco, California.
In 2003, the tug was acquired by the Sirius Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington. A division of Hawaiian InterIsland Towing Incorporated of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where the tug retained her name.
In 2004, she was acquired by Sound Freight Lines Incorporated of Tacoma, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.
In 2012, the tug was acquired by the Sause Brothers Ocean Towing Company of Portland, Oregon. Where she retained her name.
In 2012, the Sause Brothers Company began a three year refitting, and refurbishing of the tug at Southern Oregon Marine Incorporated of Coos Bay, Oregon. The shipyard is a division of the Sause Brothers Ocean Towing Company of Portland, Oregon.
The project included repowering the tug with two, Tier II compliant, MTU 12V4000M53 diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF773 reduction gears, at a ratio of 7.454:1. Turning two, five bladed, 102(in) by 81(in), fixed pitch propellers. For a rated 3,700 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two, 99kW, John Deere 4045AFM85 generator sets. The tug's capacities are 76,000 gallons of fuel, 1,320 gallons of lube oil, and 8,000 gallons of water.
The tug's towing equipment consists of a Burrard HJ-S towing winch. Outfitted with 2400(ft) of 2.25(in) towing wire. Driven by a single, 265 horsepower, John Deere 6068AFM85 diesel engine. With a Rapp Hydema 4002BB winch, mounted on the bow. Outfitted with 200(ft) 2(in) line.
(Captain Dave Miner, Jason Purkey, Kyle Stubbs)