Thursday, December 1, 2011

Design 1729 - Olin Mathieson Barge

This was the first of three large barges designed and built for transporting phosphate rock for the Chemicals Division of the Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation. Each barge was capable of carrying 9,500 net tons of dry cargo from Tampa, Florida to the company's fertilizer plant at Pasadena, Texas. At the time the latter was the world's largest facility for the production of synthetic pelletized fertilizer.

The barges were built by the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel of Ambridge, Pennsylvania at a cost of approximately $2,000,000 each. The year was 1963.

Here's a nice set of launch sequence images. She's being launched into the Ohio River.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 324'-6"
Beam 61'-0"
Draft 26'-0"


  1. Is this the largest design S & S ever did ?

  2. Dear Blog Reader,
    No. To the best of my knowledge the largest was design #1334, a bulk carrier for Ocean Freighting Corp at 645' length overall, built in 1957.

  3. I bet there were some very nervous people on the opposite bank when that launched!