Washington State Ferry Delivered In 168 Days By Hydraulic Fishing Supply
The 333-passenger ferry W.L.
Callahan was recently delivered by Hydraulic Fishing Supply, Inc., Anacortes, Wash., to the State of Washington. The vessel was designed, built and delivered in a specified contract period of 168 days.
Naval architects and marine engineers Elliot Bay Design Group, Seattle, Wash., provided the design and pre-cut steel for the project. Larry DeCan, project foreman at Hydraulic Fishing Supply, said the 68-foot, 70-ton ferry will be used to shuttle residents, visitors and construction workers from Tacoma to McNeil Island. The island is home to the 1,000-inmate McNeil Island Correctional Facility and about 50 houses, where support staff reside. According to Warren Gay, marine operations manager for the correctional facility, the W.L. Callahan will replace a recently sold 58-passenger ferry in the fleet that serves the island. Mr. Gay said the correctional facility operates one 300-passenger and one 89-passenger ferry on a 24-hour basis. Vehicles are transported on two 267-ton, 20-vehicle barges pushed by 65-foot tugs.
The tug-barge vehicle transport service is run on 10-hour-a-day schedules. In all, Mr. Gay said, more than 400,000 passengers a year are transported to and from the island.
Built at a cost of about $812,000, the steel-hulled Callahan is part of a six-year McNeil Island Correctional Facility expansion plan. Inmate levels are expected to reach 1,800 by 1993 and its present staff of 600 is expected to grow as well.
The Callahan has a 25-foot beam and 4-foot draft and is powered by two 240-hp 871 Pacific Detroit Diesel engines. Other propulsion equipment includes 40-inch by 32-inch Michigan bronze propellers, 3-inch stainless steel shafting and Twin Disc reduction gears.
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