Cummins-Powered Cruise/Dining Vessel 'Star Of Louisville' Now In Service On Ohio River

The cruise/dining vessel Star of Louisville, built by Marine Builders Inc. of Utica, Ind., was recently put into service on the Ohio River and is now offering lunch, dinner and moonlight cruises along Louisville's shore. Owned by Star of Louisville, Inc., and operated by Starline Corporation, the vessel can accommodate 350 dinner passengers and is Coast Guard certified for a total of 600.

The Star of Louisville, 126 feet long by 35 feet wide, has two fully enclosed, temperature-controlled dining decks and an outdoor observation deck. Two 48-inch by 32-inch five-blade Doran propellers are turned through 3.5:1 reduction gears by twin Cummins NTA-855-M in-line, sixcylinder marine diesels rated 350 hp each at 1,800 rpm, providing speeds up to 12 mph under the 700-hp propulsion of the engines. The propulsion system incorporates Lo Rez vibration isolaters which dampen normal vibration, resulting in quiet operation over the entire speed range of the engines.

Two Cummins 6BT5.9 diesels were selected to drive Lima 100-kw generators, with one providing electrical power exclusively for the galley. All the Cummins engines were supplied by Cummins Cumberland, Inc. of Louisville.

The "Star" employs an electrical/hydraulic steering system designed by Marine Builders.

Johnson keel coolers were specified, along with Furuno radar, a Polaris Regency VHF, depth finder, Murphy alarm system, and a Kahlenberg horn.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 48,  Dec 1988

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