Insley Yard Delivers Tug To Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

The Sunshine State, a new twin-screw tug designed by S.L. Petchull, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was recently delivered to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company by the builder, N.E. Insley, Inc. of Crisfie'ld, Md.

Built to American Bureau of Shipping standards, the new tug, with dimensions of 46 feet by 16 feet and a 5-foot draft, has been placed in operation as a dredge tender on the Florida Coast. The Sunshine State's ample 'beam and deep V hull configuration will provide increased stability in rough seas.

The hull, framed on 18-inch centers, is heavily built using J^-inch plate for the sheer strake and 5/16-inch for sides and bottom. There are four transverse bulkheads and four fuel tanks with a total capacity of 2,800 gallons.

Twin Detroit Diesel Model 6-71 engines with 3.85 to 1 reduction gear turn 44-inch-diameter stainless steel propellers. Free speeds in excess of 11 knots were recorded during trial runs.

The Sunshine State is equipped with hydraulic steering, two 3.5-kw diesel generators, air starting for main engines, keel cooling, radar, radiotelephone, monitor receiver, depth finder, and both hand and electric bilge pumps.

The tugs forecastle offers full-day boat accommodations and seats six men. The pilothouse is large with good visibility. A fulllength bunk/seat provides additional seating required during crew deployment.

The Insley shipyard is presently engaged in the construction of a 1,200-hp towboat, as well as the repair and construction of various smaller steel vessels. Additional information may be obtained 'by writing Jack Hoyle, N.E. Insley, Inc., P.O. Box II, Crisfield, Md, 21817.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 42,  Mar 1974

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