Paul Howard Company launches dredge Noble Warrior in defense of our coastlines

The Paul Howard Construction Company, owned by the brother of the Swamp Merchant, recently launched a new boat designed to engage in the difficult and tricky work of coastal dredging — particularly coastal marsh restoration.

Swamp Brother’s craft, the Noble Warrior, was set a-sail in the bonny port of Beaufort, North Carolina, along with her loyal boat, Noble Tender.  They join a sister ship in-operation, dredge Noble Spirit.


It is exciting to see my brother engage in this new venture. The family tradition of water-related heavy construction is old. The Paul Howard Company, and it’s predecessor firms, Paul N. Howard Company, Howard International, and the Howard Management Group, date to the early 1920’s. The company’s North Carolina construction license is #80. There are very few contractors large or small on earth with the track-record of successful projects this organization enjoys.

Click the photo above to learn more of the history of Paul Howard Co.

RS is proud to share a little DNA with PHCC.  And seeing as how RS plans to move a few million yards of dirt ourselves — it is even possible our path cross the Howard company’s in the “Bayous to Be” of south Louisiana.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

The Noble Warrior Specs:

18″ x 16″ Cutter Suction Dredge and Idler Barge

State of the art dredge built to be truckable, versatile and maximize production. Less than 1 year old. Low hours

General Conditions:
Digging Depth 34′ @ 60 deg. Can be easily lengthened
Ladder Length 40′
Total Weight Est 220,000 lb
Hull Depth 5′
Mean Draft 40″
Center Section 53’x10’x5′
SidePonttons 6’x75’x5′
Overall Main Dredge 22’x90’x5′
Hull Thickness 1/4″ skin
Watertight Bulkheads Avg. every 10′


Idler Barge

Carridge Spud 40’x5’x12′
Spacer 40’x’4X12
Dredge Pump:
Suction 18″
Dischage 16″
Impellar Diameter 40″
Vosta Basket Style 58″ Replaceable teeth
Drive Planetarty gearbox with water lubricated cuttless bearings
Torque 300,000 ib-in 200 HP
Speed 0-25 RPM
Dredge Pump Cat C-32 1125 HP
Auxilliary Cat C-11 420 HP
Winches: Pullmaster M18
Swing Winch (2 Ea) 18,000 lb
Ladder Winch 18,000 lb
Spud Winches ( 2 Ea) 18,000 lb
Spuds ( 2 Ea)
40′ Round 1/2″ Wall
Hydraulic System
Valves Electr-proportional
Pumps Geartek gear pumps
Motors Geartek gear motors
Contamination Protection Pre strainers and10 Micron filters
System Releif All circuits set at 2500 psi
Operator Cab 8×10 Air Conditoned



Aluminum Speed Rail for entire dredge perimeter
Special ergonomic operator seat with integrated joystick controls
Heatshrunk electrial connections and elctrical grease on connections
Three job cranes for service of pump, spuds and misc.
Inside of all hull sectons painted
Penberthy pump primer
Heavy duty service water pump
Serive boat docking station
20′ shipping Container ( Shop and Spare Parts)
Berthhold Mass Flow density meter
Computer automated swing controls
Computer automated production and data logging
Also Available
Booster Pump ( Brand New) 16x18x46
(Zero Hours) Cat C-32 1125 HP

Dredge Tender Tug Boat (Brand New) 20 hours
Twin Screw JohnDeer 400 HP

Two service fuel barges

10,000 L.F. of 20″ SDR 17 pipe used on one job pumping silt



Comment (1)

George: That is a very nice cutter head dredge and we will certainly keep your brother’s firm in mind when we get involved with more marina and water access canal dredging projects.