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Jeffboat Launches First Of Two 250-Foot Tank Barges For Boston Fuel

The first of two outsized fuel tank barges (shown above) slid down the Jeffboat, Inc. launch- ways at Jeffersonville, Ind., re- cently. There, it is receiving final outfitting before traveling to the

East Coast to join the fleet of

Boston Fuel Transportation, Inc.

The tank barge is one of two identical vessels being construct- ed by Jeffboat for Boston Fuel.

Under construction since early

May, the tanker is a mammoth, single-skin, oceangoing barge which can transport some 36,000 barrels of fuel.

Its sister barge will be launched in mid-October. Both barges are 18 feet high, 60 feet wide, and 260 feet long, and contain living quarters for a two-to-four crew.

Another larger tank barge is taking shape further down the tanker construction line. Sched- uled for completion early in 1982, the vessel is being built for an- other East Coast firm, Reinauer

Transportation Company. This tanker will be 22 feet deep, 60 feet wide, and 325 feet long, and will increase Reinauer's fuel- carrying capacity by 60,000 bar- rels.

Fifty-Year-Old Tug

Is Restored For Service

A venerable 50-year-old wood- hulled tug (shown above) has been restored to her fitness of yore and is back in service in

Lake Union, Seattle, Wash.

According to Mark Freeman of the Fremont Tugboat Company,

Inc., the 42-foot-long "A-l" was renamed "Sovereign," following repairs and refitting carried out by Peterson Boatyard, Tacoma, and by Fremont.

The Sovereign's D-13000 Cater- pillar diesel 115-hp engine was rebuilt, the vessel was rewired, a new tailshaft and a new 42- inch by 27-inch propeller were installed. Only four planks, two forward and two aft, of the Port

Orford cedar hull had to be re- placed. The red cedar pilothouse needed some cosmetic repairs.

The tug has two Ray 50 VHF radios, a Binimi VHF radio, a 600-foot Raytheon depth sounder, and a Furuno radar. There is a double berth forward, a single berth in the pilothouse and a nice, roomy house with an oil range.

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