Bay Shipbuilding Converts Ex-President Harrison

Bay Shipbuilding Corp., Sturgeon Bay, Wise., recently commenced work on the conversion of the containership ex-President Harrison. The 668-foot ship is being converted to an auxiliary crane ship (TAC-1) by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration for future use by the U.S. Department of Navy.

The Navy requires vessels that can serve as substitutes for shorebased cranes in the event of war or national emergency when shorebased cranes may not be available or are no longer serviceable. The auxiliary crane ship (T-ACS) program has been developed to fill this need. This program of converting containerships to auxiliary crane ships will provide ships with the ability to not only load and off-load their own cargo, but also off-load other vessels as well.

The conversion requires structural modification to the containership to accept three sets of twin cranes manufactured by Lake Shore Inc., Kingsford, Mich. Modification will include removal of ship's present cargo gear, strengthening of tank tops, fabrication and installation of crane pedestals, and generator and switchboard installation. In addition, Bay will also reactivate the vessel, which includes inspection and start-up of all propulsion systems.

Departure of the vessel is scheduled for late spring/early summer of 1984.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 90,  Nov 1983 New York

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