Detroit Diesel Donates Auxiliary Propulsion For Tall Ship 'Discovery'

Sail Adventures in Learning (S.A.I.L.), Inc., of Bath, Maine, has announced that Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) of Michigan has become the largest in-kind sponsor of its 215-foot tall ship Discovery by donating the vessel's auxiliary propulsion.

DDC will provide a 12V- 149 TI diesel engine, while Twin Disc will provide a marine transmission.

The engine/transmission package is of monumental importance in the planning of the ship's construction.

"We are in full support of the environmental and educational mission on which Discovery will embark," said Roger Penske, chairman of Detroit Diesel, "and we are looking forward to becoming a part of Discovery's voyage.

Designed by sailing ship expert and marine architect Roger Long, the Discovery will be the first fullrigged ship built in this country since 1899. In addition, she will be the only American-built Class A tall ship actively sailing; the other square riggers built in this country are museum vessels which sail infrequently, if at all.

The Discovery's construction, which had been originally scheduled for completion by the 1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary celebration, has been rescheduled to begin in early 1992.

Though much of the Discovery project's $10.5 million budget is to come from private funding and gifts in-kind such as Detroit Diesel's, S.A.I.L., Inc. is also seeking one to three major corporate sponsors who would fund $3.5 million of the total cost.

For more information, contact S.A.I.L., Inc., 229 Washington Street, Bath, Maine 04530, (207) 443-6222.

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