Tacoma Boat Names Streb Chief Engineer
Paul V. Williams, vice president of Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Inc., has named Herbert R. Streb chief engineer of the Tacoma Boat- Escher Wyss controllable-pitch propeller operations.
Recently, Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Inc. of Tacoma, Wash., and Escher Wyss G.M.B.H. of Ravensburg, West Germany, signed a license agreement which enables Tacoma Boat to manufacture the full range of Escher Wyss CP propellers at their Tacoma facilities.
Escher Wyss has been a major manufacturer of controllable-pitch propellers for over 40 years. Presently, over 1,300 Escher Wyss propellers are in service, including the world's most powerful, a 24-foot-diameter system absorbing 46,000 horsepower.
Mr. Streb joined Tacoma Boat in 1977 as Mechanical Project Engineer for the U.S. Navy's 245- foot Patrol Chaser, Missile (PCG).
He assumed his new position in February of this year. Mr. Streb will coordinate and direct the engineering, marketing, sales, and field service for the Tacoma Boat- Escher Wyss propellers. He brings to Tacoma Boat 19 years' background in the technical and operational aspects of marine and ocean engineering, systems design, mar- keting and contract management.
Ten of those years were in the field of controllable-pitch propellers.
Mr. Streb has held positions with Aerojet Liquid Rocket Company, Marine Propulsion Engineering, Inc., AVCO Corporation, and Ingersoll Kalamazoo Division of Borg-Warner Corporation. He is a member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Present contracts include the building of four twin-screw, 245- f o o t Patrol Chasers, Missile (PCG) for the U.S. Navy, and four twin-screw, 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutters (WMEC) for the U.S. Coast Guard. Tacoma Boat- Escher Wyss CP propeller systems will be installed on these vessels.
The Navy PCG propellers will be 9 feet in diameter and designed to absorb 11,500 shp at 350 rpm. The Coast Guard WMEC propellers will be 9 feet in diameter and capable of absorbing 3,500 shp at 260 rpm. The propellers will be manufactured under the supervision of John Matzen, operations manager of the Northern Line Machine Division. Tacoma Boat has developed considerable experience and capability with controllable- pitch propellers through the manufacture, installation and testing of such systems over the past several years.
Under the license agreement, Mr. Streb has established complete marketing and field service capability for the Escher Wyss propellers within the United States.
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