The M/V Bayou Larose was constructed in 1949 by Nashville Bridge Company for Walter Houghland and later purchased by Oil Transport Company, Incorporated. The vessel was primarily used for transport of black oil up the Mississippi River. After many years of service,
the aging boat had reached the point of honorable discharge. The steel frame and shell of her superstructure and pilot house was set
on pilings. Robin Durant envisioned a unique structure that would attract the attention of mariners transiting the river. The steel hulk
was completely renovated; her vintage searchlights sent to the original manufacturer and refurbished with all modern internals.
The resurrected M/V Bayou Larose houses the operations team and center where dispatch, management of fleet traffic
and comprehensive logistics take place. more than just a mere monument to mariners, the M/V Bayou Larose was
dedicated to the craftsmanship of her renovator – Kennard Douglas – in June of 1999.