Jeffboat Delivers River Towboat M/V Cletus To Luhr Brothers

Jeffboat Incorporated, Jeffersonville, Ind., recently delivered the river towboat M/V Cletus (shown above) to Luhr Brothers, Inc. of Columbia, 111. Named for Cletus Whelan, vice president of Luhr Brothers, the 102-foot-long vessel has a width of 36 feet, depth of 10 feet, and normal operating draft of 7 feet 8 inches. Her hull is of 5/8-inch steel.

Two Caterpillar Model 3516 main engines, providing 1,320 hp each at 1,500 rpm, power the 84-inch (62- inch pitch) four-bladed, stainlesssteel Columbian Bronze propellers through Caterpillar 5.55:1 reduction gears. The two 100-kw, 1,200 rpm, 240-volt Lima generators are driven by Caterpillar Model 3306 engines.

Radio equipment includes Motorola Triton 20 SSB and Standard Horizon International AHF. Radar is by Sperry, searchlights by Carlisle & Finch, airhorn by Kahlenberg, deck winches by Befiee Bros., and capstan by Shoellhorn-Albrecht.

Westinghouse supplied the air compressors, and pollution equiment is FAST Unit Model LS.

The M/V Cletus, which has a retractable pilothouse, will be used in service on the lower Mississippi and Red Rivers.

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