Monday, January 9, 2012

Design 863 - Shallow Draft Tug


This vessel was designed for use in shallow waters as a tow boat or "pusher" for use on Lake Chad in French Equatorial Africa. A feature of her design required that she be capable of being disassembled for overseas shipment. She was tested and accepted after construction at the Mill Basin Ship Repair Co, Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y. The year was 1956.


Mill Basin, Brooklyn, N.Y

Power was provided by a single General Motors 165 hp marine diesel.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 44'-0"
LWL 41'-0"
Beam 11'-5"
Draft 2'-6"

1 comment:

  1. The famous explorer Stanley who explored the Nile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Morton_Stanley and, of course, found Livingstone wrote a book called ‘through the dark continent’ in which he describes how the sectional boat that he had ordered for exploring the Nile had sections which weighed up to 310lbs and were far too big to carry through the jungle! Fortunately he managed to find a carpenter who chose some of the sections (the boat became shorter) and cut these down. I am certain that S&S would have understood the design brief rather better!

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