Friday, May 20, 2011

Designs 864 and 920 - Coastal Feeder Vessels

These cargo vessels were designed for the Farrel Lines to carry baled latex on a short coastwise run in West Africa for trans-shipment overseas. They are shallow draft, twin screw vessels fitted with twin rudders. According to the design brief good seagoing qualities and maneuverability were a must due to a dangerous bar that needed to be negotiated on their regular run. No cargo handling gear was fitted as all cargo was loaded and unloaded by shore facilities.

Three vessels were built of varying length named Mesurado, Farmington and Cestos launched in 1949, 1950 and 1951 respectively. The vessels were built by the John H. Mathis Shipyard of Camden, New Jersey and delivered to Africa on their own bottoms. The transatlantic trip took approximately 30 days.

The only difference I can see between the boats (and designs 864 and 920) was overall length.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 123'-6"
LWL 120'-0"
Beam 28'-6"
Draft 4'-6"
Cargo Capacity 150 tons

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