Campbell Launches 18th In Series Of Tuna Superseiners

The Marjorie R., 18th in a series of high-seas tuna superseiners built by Campbell'Industries, was recently launched at the company's San Diego, Calif., yard.

The new clipper, valued at approximately $3 million, is a sister ship to the recently delivered Sandra C. The owners, J.W. Uhlein & Associates of New York, say that the ships represent the beginning of a new tuna fleet that will fish on behalf of the Van Camp Sea Food Company, a division of Ralston- Purina Company.

Designed and built by the Campbell Marine Division of Campbell Industries, the vessel will now undergo outfitting at the company's facilities on' San Diego Bay.

Principal speaker for the event was Robert A. Barley, president of the United California Bank, Los Angeles. Jack G. Allen, Campbell vice president, officiated as master of ceremonies.

Performing the champagne christening honors for the ship named for her was Mrs. Marjorie R. Reimers, wife of A.J. Reimers, assistant treasurer of Ralston-Purina Co., headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. She was attended by Mrs. Clarisse daGraca, wife of the new ship's captain. Monsignor Anthony A.

Giesing of St. Joseph's Cathedral, San Diego, performed the blessing.

According to George J. Soares," Campbell president, the Marjorie R. will carry a full complement of fishing equipment, including a Marco seine winch and Campbell's proprietary design anchor winch. Other major on-board equipment will include Vilter refrigeration, a JBrunvoll 250-hp hydraulic bow thruster, and an anti-roll stabilization system.

The new ship is 218 feet long, has a 40-foot beam, and will carry a frozen fish payload of approximately 1,200 tons. Her speed will be approximately 17 knots.

The main propulsion engine for the Marjorie R. is a 3,600-horsepower 20-cylinder General Motors marine diesel, driving a five-blade Coolidge stainless steel propeller through a Falk reduction gear.

Auxiliary power will be supplied through three Caterpillar 300-kw generator sets.

Navigation aids and other electronic gear will include a Taiyo ADF, an Omega Micro navigation system, two Kelvin-Hughes longrange radars, two single side-band radios, three emergency radios, two VHF-FM radios, a Simrad depth sounder, a Decca depth recorder, and a PA/intercom system.

In other construction, Campbell's San Diego Marine Construction Corp. subsidiary currently has two bulbous-bow seiners of its own design under construction. Three more superseiners and a harbor tug are also 'being built in the Campbell Marine Division shipyard. The company's aluminum facility is constructing three all-aluminum highspeed ferryboats under a $12.6-million contract with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, San Francisco. The first of the ferryboats is scheduled for delivery this June.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 45,  Mar 1974

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