Cummins Diesels Power Cruise Vessel 'America' Delivered By Marine Builders

River City U.S.A., Inc., the Kansas City, Kan., operators of the Cummins NTA-855-M-powered paddle-wheeler Missouri River Queen, recently took delivery of a second passenger vessel, the new 150-foot, 800-passenger America.

Built by Marine Builders, Inc. of Utica, Ind. (also the builder of the Missouri River Queen), the America is powered by two Cummins NTA- 855-M marine diesels rated 350 hp each at 1,800 rpm. The engines turn 48-inch by 32-inch four-blade Bird- Johnson propellers on 4-inch shafts through Tonanco model KC-TM- 828 marine gears. Electrical power is produced from two 135-kw Marathon generators turned by Cummins 6CT8.3-G generator drive engines.

Marine Builders are well known for their design and construction of towboats, barges, and drydocks.

They also built the Star of Louisville in 1988, a 126-foot, 600-passenger dinner cruise vessel that is a very popular attraction in the Louisville area.

The America is a Marine Builders design working in conjunction with the marine architectural firm of Coe M. Best Jr. & Associates. The design features a food preparation and cleanup facility in the steel hull, insulated and tinted glass cabin windows, three complete bars, a gift shop, and a canopied third deck.

Normal engine sound is minimized due to the use of a Lo-Rez Vibration Isolation System, which adds to the passenger's comfort and enjoyment.

The America seats approximately 450 passengers for dinner cruises and is certified to carry up to 800 passengers overall.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 56,  Jul 1990

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