Treasure Coast: Twin-screw power, central-stair comfortDec 2, 2010 12:00 AM
Dann Marine Towing (DMT) is housed in an historic cluster of buildings called Canal Place on the north bank of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, in Chesapeake City, Md. The company, founded by Robert Dann Sr., grew out of family-owned tugboat operations on the Florida coast, five generations ago.
|Built in 2007, Treasure Coast is a 104-foot-long, twin-screw vessel designed to tow barges along the East Coast. A 50-foot height of eye from the tug's elevated wheelhouse gives the crew commanding views. (Brian Gauvin photo)|
"We basically took the best features of all our tugs and incorporated them into these two tugs," said J.C. Dann, who operates the company along with his brothers, Robert Dann Jr. and Christopher Dann, and father, Robert Dann Sr. All concerned, especially the crew, are happy with the result.
"This boat has great visability," said Capt. Greg Buttry, who brought Treasure Coast out from the Rodriguez Boat Builders yard in Bayou La Batre, Ala. "You can do a lot when you can see."
The 104-by-34-foot, twin-screw vessel has a 50-foot height of eye from the elevated wheelhouse that is accessed via a steep but enclosed circular stairway. "It sure beats going outside on a cold winter's day," said Buttry. "It's a very comfortable boat and it handles great. It's a good all-round boat."
Above, Capt. Greg Buttry climbs the spiral staircase leading to the elevated wheelhouse.
Below, Capt. Buttry at the controls. (Brian Gauvin photos)
On the stern deck is a double-drum Intercon towing winch, a full-width (Texas) towing bar and deck sheaves for handling the push gear when barges are lashed to the model bow.
|Chief Engineer John Willis in the engine room. (Brian Gauvin photo)|
|One of the two Caterpillar 3512B diesels which produce a total output of 3,000 hp. (Brian Gauvin photo)|
|The crew gathered on the stern, from left to right, Capt. Buttry, bargeman Henry Solomon, Chief Engineer Willis and bargeman Bruce Bodden. (Brian Gauvin photo)|