Equitable Delivers Ferry To State Of No. Carolina

Equitable Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, La., recently delivered the 161-foot all welded steel, twinscrew, diesel-powered ferryboat Governor Edward Hyde to the State of North Carolina, Department of Transportation Division of Highways at the Cedar Island Ferry Terminal Facility, Cedar Island, N.C.

The vessel will have a capacity of 300 passengers and 34 automobiles.

The new ferry is expected to run from the existing terminal on the southern end of Ocracoke Island to the Hyde County mainland.

The vessel was designed by the Ferry Division of the State's Marine Engineering Section under the direction of Ray A. Dossett, marine engineer. With a length of 161 feet, the vessel is 48 feet at maximum beam and has a design draft of 7 feet. Displacing 550 tons, it travels at a maximum speed of 14.5 knots under propulsion of two 900-hp Caterpillar diesel engines. Passengers and crew can travel in comfort, as both the lounge and pilothouse are air-conditioned.

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

The Equitable shipyards are the world's largest builder of lighter aboard ship (LASH) and SEABEE barges, and builds tugboats, crewboats, towboats, supply vessels, and other floating marine equipment for the offshore oil industry.

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