FIRST AMERICAN COMMERCIAL SES. BELL-HALTER 110 CHRISTENED IN NEW ORLEANS

The Bell-Halter SES, the United States' first commercial surface effect ship, wash christened recently in New Orleans, La. The Bell-Halter 110 has a calm water speed of approximately 40 knots, which is substantially greater than conventional planning hulls using the equivalent propulsive power. The hull has been designed to accommodate more powerful propulsion engines which will enable this boat to achieve speeds in excess of 60 knots. The vessel is equipped with two Detroit Diesel engines, each generating 1,600 bhp at 1,900 rpm. Reduction gears are by Reintjes, gear ration 2:1. Equipped with standard marine systems, the craft is 110 feet long with a 39-foot beam. Carrying a top deck load of nearly 50 tons, the B-H 110 displaces 138 tons. The craft will have applications in offshore oil industry support, ferryboat operations, Coast Guard, and fast patrol boat missions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Maritime Activity Reports Incorporated

    107 East 31st Street
    New York, NY  United States  10016
  • Publication Date: 1979-3-1

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  • Accession Number: 00189436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Activity Reports Incorporated
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM