Home Port: Wilmington, North Carolina

Performs clearing and snagging and wreck removal in AIWW, navigable rivers and other channels.  Has capability for driving piling, construction and repairs of fender systems, dikes, jetties, and dolphins.  Serves as derrick-boat, refueling vessel, clamshell dredge, etc.  Works in Wilmington and Charleston Districts.

Built:  Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company in 1945, originally designated Navy YSD 78.

Converted:  1967 by New Bern Shipyard, New Bern, NC.  This conversion involved virtual rebuilding, including repowering, construction of house and replacement of practically all machinery.  A large section of underwater hull plating was replaced.

Vessel Characteristics and Specifications:
 Gross Tonnage 185 tons
 Displacement 323 long tons
 Length, Overall 104’-0”
 Beam 31’-2”
 Depth, Molded 7’-9”
 Draft, Aft 5’-6”
 Draft, Forward 4’-0”

Propulsion Engines: (Diesel)

Engines: 2 each, CAT, 3406E, each 450 HP, total 900 HP @ 1800

Propellers: 2 each, 4-blade, 42”d x 31”pitch, 4” shaft

Reduction Gear: Twin Disc, MG 5114 (Deep Case), Ration 3:1
                              Twin Rudders - with propellers in Tunnels

Speed: 8 knots

Auxiliary Equipment: Jet pump with GM 3-71 engine
Generators: 2 ea., 65 KW AC diesel generators, with CAT 3304N  engines

Derrick: Pettibone Model 130, 35 ton capacity SWL,
              CAT 3408N engine located below decks,
              Hydraulic grapnel & clam shell bucket

Boom, Length: 35-84 ft. telescope

Bunker Capacity: 10,000 gal diesel

Potable Water: 4,000 gal

Cruising Status: 2600 miles

Water Pump: (Jet & Dewatering) 4” Diesel powered

Air Compressor: 350 CFM / GM 3-53 Diesel

Steering and engine controls on bridge wings

Radio Equipment:
     Motorola MICOM-X, single side band 2.3000 MHZ thru 20.00 MHZ
     Loran C Furuno & Micrologic ML5500 Loran
     G.P.S. Plotter Positioning Gear
     2-Regency Polaris MT5500 VHF Marine Band 156-163 MHZ
     Transceiver WX1, WX2, WX3, WX4
     Cellular Phone
     Computer with Hypack Software and integrated GPS for positioning

Crew: 1 crew, 6 men

Radar: Furuno Model FP5080, .25mi scale to 48 mi. scale

Fathometer: Standard-Horizon

NOTE: The quarters are centrally air conditioned; galley is fully equipped with freezer locker and all necessary gear.  The mess area serves as a recreation room with TV installed.  The master, Chief Engineer and crew have private quarters.

Launch: 17’ fiberglass, Boston Whaler, with 90 HP Mercury outboard motor propulsion unit, COB