Eastern Marine Yard Launches Ferryboat For Lake Champlain

Eastern Marine Inc. of Panama City, Fla., recently launched a ferryboat being built for the Lake Champlain Transportation Company of Burlington, Vt. The vessel has an overall length of 180 feet, beam of 43 feet, and design draft of 8 feet 2 inches.

Main propulsion will be supplied by two Caterpillar diesel engines, each developing 700 bhp, that will provide a service speed of 11 knots and extra power for operations in ice. The engines will drive stainless-steel propellers through heavy-duty reduction gears and shafting that are also designed for ice operations.

Other ice design features include extra heavy framing, and hull reinforcement in the ends and at the waterline.

The vessel's length and deck arrangement will accommodate five semi-tractor trailer units in addition to several smaller trucks and cars.

Total car capacity, excluding any trucks, will be approximately 40 vehicles.

With the delivery of the new ferry in October this year, Lake Champlain Transportation will provide two-boat service at the crossing between Grand Isle, Vt., and Cumberland Head (Plattsburgh), N.Y. on a year-round basis. The new vessel will join the ferry Grand Isle to provide this service during the winter months, as both vessels are ice-strengthened.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 60,  Oct 1984 South Carolina

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