Dravo SteelShip Delivers 56-Foot M / V Becky Sue To Taylor Towing For Switching/Mooring Service

Dravo SteelShip Corporation, Pine Bluff, Ark., a subsidiary of Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa., has announced delivery of the M/V Becky Sue to Taylor Towing Company, Inc. of Caruthersville, Mo. The Becky Sue will be operating at Taylor's switching and mooring services in the Caruthersville area below St. Louis, Mo. and above Cairo, 111.

The M/V Becky Sue is a standard SteelShip 56 design measuring 56 feet long by 20 feet wide by 7.5 feet deep. The hull is divided into five watertight compartments and carries 10,000 gallons of fuel. Freshwater, waste holding and oil storage tanks are provided. The fuel fills and vents are in a central location, with fuel spill containment now required by the U.S. Coast Guard on all vessels over 100 tons.

The SteelShip standard pushknees are protected with Johnson Rubber Towknee material. A walkway is provided from the Texas deck level out to one of the towknees for easy access to empty barges.

The vessel is powered by twin General Motors Detroit Diesel 12V71 diesel engines with Twin Disc MG-514, 6:1 reduction gears.

It also has two General Motors Detroit Diesel generator sets; one 2-71, 1,200 rpm, 20 kw, and one 3-71, 1,200 rpm, 30 kw. The main engines and generators were supplied by Wilkerson Diesel of North Little Rock, Ark.

The running gear consists of 5-inch diameter, steel shafts with nickel chrome boron sleeves turning in Johnson Demountable stern tube and strut bearings with Kahlenberg stainless-steel, heavyduty, four-blade, 60-inch-diameter by 48-inch-pitch propellers.

The M/V Becky Sue has Morse engine controls, Perko incandescent searchlight, Carlisle & Finch Carbon Arc searchlight, Perko running lights, heating and airconditioning, quartz deck lights, Nabrico 20-ton hydraulic deck winches.

The Becky Sue is equipped with four flanking rudders and two main rudders with independent full follow-up pilothouse controls.

The flanking and steering rudder systems are from main engine driven pumps pad mounted to the GM diesels. As standard with all SteelShip vessels, the lubrication for the thrust bearings and other steering equipment is piped to a central location in the engine room to facilitate ease of lubrication.

The rudder stocks have nickel chrome boron sleeves turning in nylon bearings on the lower end, and lubricated cast-iron bearings on the upper end.

A SteelShip standard monitoring panel was installed in the pilothouse to warn the operator of any abnormal operating conditions that might occur in the engine room.

In addition to the production of pushboats, ocean tugs, and barges, which are on contract, Dravo SteelShip is building for stock one SteelShip 48, one Steel- Ship 52, one SteelShip 50, and one SteelShip 56. All of these stock boats will be completed for delivery in the first quarter of 1978, with delivery at present ranging from 60 to 120 days, depending upon machinery availability.

For more information about any SteelShip designs or Aluma- Ship designs, write Dravo Steel- Ship Corporation, Edward D. Fry, vice president / general manager, Route 4, Box 167, Pine Bluff, Ark.


Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 37,  Jan 1978

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