Towboat 'Elizabeth D# Christened By Dravo

The M/V Elizabeth D., a new 2,000-bhp towboat, was christened recently by Dravo Corporation in Pittsburgh. The new towboat was built by Dravo Steel- Ship, a Dravo subsidiary located in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Named after Mrs. Elizabeth Dickey, the wife of Robert Dickey I I I , Dravo's chairman and president, the new vessel will be operated by the Pittsburgh Region of Dravo's Aggregates Division, a major supplier of construction aggregate in the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia area of the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers.

The Elizabeth D. measures 93 feet 9 inches long by 27 feet 2 inches wide and is 32 feet high at its highest point. It is powered by two Caterpillar D-399 diesel engines and has two Caterpillar 3304 85-kw generators.

Extensive monitoring equipment has been included in the pilothouse for all the basic functions in the engine room. The pilothouse also contains stop/start controls for the engine and the deck winches.

The engine room has blanket fire protection, including automatic closing of the doors to the generator room and automatic shut off of the ventilating fans in the event of fire.

The first deck of the Elizabeth D. has two rooms, each accommodating two crew members, the galley and dining area and the engine room. The second deck contains rooms for the captain, pilot, cook, and also one guest room.

Stanley Lysieki, from Crafton, Pa., is the senior captain of the Elizabeth D., with Arch Cowan of McMurray, Pa., serving as his relief. Calvin Roush, Apollo, Pa., and Jim Hickey, Paducah, Ky., alternate onboard as pilots.

The remainder of the crew consists of a cook and four deckhands.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 24,  Jul 1980

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