January 4, 1982 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

St. Louis Ship Opens New Propeller Shop

St. Louis Ship recently opened its new Propeller Shop as part of the shipyard's expanding marine services.

The Propeller Shop is built on a site in the northwest portion of the shipyard, near the foot of Marceau Street, on the Mississippi River in South St. Louis.

The location is adjacent to consolidated propeller, shaft and rudder storage areas. The approximately 8,400-square-foot facility is serviced by two overhead cranes and is outfitted with the latest in repair, welding, and machining equipment.

According to a spokesman for St. Louis Ship, the construction of the consolidated Propeller Shop facility enables the firm to provide "full service" including propeller straightening, build-up, machining and repair work, and rudder manufacture and repair.

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The preengineered building houses a prototype hydraulic propeller straightening press capable of straightening propellers up to 12 feet in diameter, six propeller work stations, 2,500 square feet of rudder repair area, a shaft machining lathe capable of machining shafts of 16-inch diameter, 40 feet long, and weighing as much as 12 tons, and a shaft welding fixture capable of welding operations on 16-inch-diameter by 40-foot-long shafts employing the latest technological advances in strip welding.

St. Louis Ship is one of three major inland shipyards operated by Pott Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Houston Natural Gas Corporation.

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