Equitable Shipyards Launches Ferryboat V i r g i n i a Dare For State Of North Carolina

The ferryboat Virginia Dare, being built by Equitable Shipyards, Inc. in its Madisonville (La.) Shipyard for the State of North Carolina Board of Transportation, was recently launched. The Virginia Dare will be delivered to Cedar Island Terminal Facility (Pamlico Sound), Cedar Island, N.C.

The principal characteristics of the new ferryboat are: length overall — 161 feet; beam, molded—48 feet; depth, molded—14 feet 2V2 inches, and draft, maximum—7 feet.

The Virginia Dare is of all-welded steel construction with a capacity for 35 cars, and can accommodate 300 passengers. The vessel has an air-conditioned lounge. The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar Type D-398 TA diesel engines, each with continuous output of 850 horsepower at 1,225 revolutions per minute. The Virginia Dare meets all U.S. Coast Guard rules and regulations for passenger vessels. Steering is electrohydraulic, with instrumentation and controls mounted on a console in an airconditioned pilothouse.

Equitable is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc., Dallas, Texas, a manufacturer of industrial, marine and structural products.

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