Maxon Marine Industries Delivers Specially Designed Towboat To J.L. Shiely Company
Maxon Marine Industries, Inc., Tell City, Ind., recently delivered the M/V Joe Al Jim II to J.L. Shiely Company, St. Paul, Minn. The towboat is 72 feet 6 inches by 19 feet by 7 feet 6 inches, and has an operating draft of 5 feet. It is equipped with two Caterpillar Model D353 T.A. main propulsion engines developing 425 hp each, and has two Caterpillar 55-kw generator sets.
The vessel is specially designed to operate in small lock chambers. Having a beam of only 19 feet, it can lay alongside of its tow when locking through.
The two steering and four flanking rudders are independently operated.
The Kahlenberg stainless steel propellers turn inside Kort nozzles made by Michigan Wheel Corporation. The boat has two Quincy Model D 325 air compressors. Quarters are provided for three persons. Bulkheads are insulated and covered with Masonite paneling. The Joe Al Jim II has an Incinolet Marine electric toilet. It has a 5,400-gallon fuel capacity, 1,000 gallons of fresh water, and 300 gallons of lube oil. It has a retractable pilothouse, hydraulically operated. Other equipment aboard includes a General Electric Model MVP radio, two 19- inch, 1,000-watt searchlights and Beebe Model 65 barge connectors. The M/V Joe Al Jim II is the second towboat built by Maxon for J.L. Shiely Company. The first, the M/V Mary Jenny, was built in 1967.