Jeffboat-Built Towboat 'Volunteer State' Christened

pAccompanied by the blare of towboat horns, Mrs. Peggy Armstrong shattered a champagne bottle to christen the new motor vessel Volunteer State recently under the Gateway Arch in St.


The twin-screw, 5,830-bhp towboat has now entered service moving commodities on the Lower Mississippi River. Built by Jeffboat, Incorporated, in Jeffersonville, Ind., the vessel is owned by American Financial Corporation and operated by H & S Transportation Company, Inc., and River Lines, Inc.

The Volunteer State is powered by two Alco Power Inc. 16- cylinder diesel engines, Model 251 F, each rated at 2,915 bhp. These drive five-bladed, stainless-steel propellers through two Falk Model 3040 reverse/reduction gears with a ratio of 4.192:1. Two steering rudders and four flanking rudders are operated by independent hydraulic rams.

Two 100-kw generators are powered by GM Detroit Diesel engines. Hot water and heating are provided by a Kewanee boiler; the Dunham-Bush air-conditioning system has a capacity of 20 tons. Two Westinghouse 5320B air compressors are each rated 23.8 cfm at 250 psi.

Included in the deck machinery are two Schoellhorn-Albrecht type 21063, 10-hp capstans, and four Beebe model 62, 5-hp winches.

The fire pump was supplied by Ingersoll-Rand.

Among the electronics are a S p e r r y MXIG-AX radar, Raytheon DE 760 digital depth indicator, and Intech VHF and SSB radios. National Marine Service provided a Series 70 Tugmonitor system, C a r l i s l e & F i n c h two xenon searchlights, and a Kahlenberg Model Q-4 air horn.

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