Bender Delivers Scalloper 'Westport' To Tradewind Fishing

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Company of Mobile, Ala., recently delivered the scalloper Westport to Soren Henriksen of Tradewind Fishing Corporation, New Bedford, Mass. She is the first of four identical vessels under construction at the Bender yard. Two will be owned by Tradewind Fishing and two were ordered by Eddie Carter of the Donna Lynn Fishing Corporation, also of New Bedford.

This latest series of scallopers embodies many changes and improvements arising from operating experience with the Tradewind, which was delivered to Mr.

Henriksen two years ago. The Westport has an overall length of 98 feet, beam of 25 feet, and depth of 14 feet.

The new vessel is powered by a Caterpillar model D399 diesel with an output of 1,100 bhp, driving a Columbian Bronze 4-blade, 70-inch by 75-inch, Kort nozzle propeller through a Caterpillar clutch and a Caterpillar model 7261 reduction gear having a ratio of 3.84:1. Service speed is 11.5 knots. Engine controls are Mathers model AD12.

Cutless rubber stern bearings were supplied by Lucian Moffitt; main shaft bearings are Dodge "Sleevoil." The main engine is cooled by Fernstrum keel coolers.

Two auxiliary engines are Caterpillar model D3304T.

Deck equipment includes two Hathaway model 12 AITHS hydraulic trawl winches and a 16- inch Hathaway trawl block. Hydraulically positioned gallows are moved outboard into fishing position by hydraulic rams. When in this position, fishing loads are carried by the structure of the vessel.

Central a i r - c o n d i t i o n i n g by Therman serves the wheelhouse and main and lower deck accommodations.

The shucking house aft has Carrier air-conditioning and heating. The 15-man inflatable life raft was supplied by Swit-Lick, and the air horn is a Kahlenberg model Tl.

Electronic gear, supplied as a package by EPSCO and installed by the R.H. Sassaman Company of Mobile, includes the following: EPSCO radar model M16, radar model EB Seaveyor, Loran C model Seanav XL (one 32-volt dc and one 115-volt ac), two model 2001 depth recorders, model 901 autopilot with model 505 standard compass; Cobra CB radio with SSB, Northern SSB radio model N550, Yaesu shortwave receiver model FRG-7, and Raytheon Loudhailer.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Jul 1980 Minnesota

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