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|rarcand on Mar 24, 2019 12:01 (29 days ago)|
|@Phil English, the name on the plate is Kvichak for Kvichak Marine Industries now named Vigor.|
|George.Schneider on Mar 24, 2019 04:22 (1 month ago)|
|I'll sure agree with this; I had no idea the LSC vessels existed. Thank you all.|
|rarcand on Mar 22, 2019 01:13 (1 month ago)|
|Definitively a match for LSC 1 or 2. All the info I found was on shipspotting or the Incat Crowther site, both sources claiming that these were used by the Navy Seals but I found no other evidence for this.|
|Steven Collingwood on Mar 21, 2019 13:53 (1 month ago)|
Looks very similar to LSC1 and LSC2 of the US Navy
|George.Schneider on Mar 21, 2019 04:41 (1 month ago)|
|I don't discount the appearance of size, and certainly other details are different. The superstructure, hull, and definitely the transverse bow say we're in the right family. I look forward to more suggestions. Thank you all for your contributions.|
|rarcand on Mar 20, 2019 19:39 (1 month ago)|
I found some information about 5 of the ďDash boatsĒ described by George Schneider. They were built at Halter Marine at Chalmette for Bell-Halter, part of a list of ships built there at http://shipbuildinghistory.com/shipyards/small/halter-chalmette.htm
The prototype is probably BELL HALTER SES later named DORADO (WSES 1) and other names, sold by the navy in 2010. Check http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/46515.htm
Four others, built for Command Marine, were originally named SPEED COMMAND, SWIFT COMMAND, SPRINT COMMAND and STRIDE COMMAND. The first one was later renamed MARGARET JILL than CAPTAIN SOTIRIS. The second one was renamed SPEED TIDE in UK.
The last two went to the US Coast Guard as SEA HAWK (WSES 2) and SHEARWATER (WSES 3). Both were sold, the SEA HAWK becoming the GLORY AFRIQUE in Nigeria. I found an IMO number for this (8993954) but no pictures.
All this said, I am not sure about the boat pictured here being one of these. While the hull form seems to be similar and the structure being of the same type, it seems to be smaller and there is some folding door at the rear which was not on the other boats
|Phil English on Mar 20, 2019 15:23 (1 month ago)|
|I also meant to say that there is a small plaque on the rear of the superstructure with a fish logo and a word similar to "Pilchard". I thought that might indicate the boatbuilder or designer.|
|Phil English on Mar 20, 2019 15:13 (1 month ago)|
I'm not an expert on these vessels, but pictures on the web of the 110 ft Bell-Halter dash boats show vessels with a different hull and superstructure shape to the vessel above. Also, the vessel above appears to be smaller than 110 feet, at a guess around 25 metres (82 feet)
|George.Schneider on Mar 20, 2019 04:25 (1 month ago)|
This, Iím sure, is a Dash Boat. Thatís the name for a 110-foot SES designed by Bell-Halter (later Textron Marine Systems). But Iím at a complete loss to identify which one this might be.
To my knowledge, 6 were built. The prototype was purchased by the U.S. Navy (also tested by the U. S. Coast Guard) and later lengthened to 160 feet, so although I donít know her present whereabouts, this is definitely not the one in your photo.
A company called Command Marine ordered four of them to be oilfield crewboats. They might have taken delivery of one of them, but all ended up back in the hands of Bell-Halter. The first two they chartered out, one as SPEED TIDE, the other as MARGARET JILL. Both were reported sold to British interests, and in photos, both had a much bigger house than shown in this photo.
The Coast Guard later funded three of them for drug patrol. Two of theirs were the two remaining Command boats, and one appears to have been new construction for them. All three had this abbreviated superstructure. Of these, one is heavily modified and working as a seismic boat now, and the other two were sold to Nigeria for use as security boats and reportedly promptly sunk by nefarious forces. My best guess is that this is one of the two Nigerian ones that, in fact, never made it overseas.
|rarcand on Mar 19, 2019 15:26 (1 month ago)|
|It looks like a divers support vessel, with the two military looking zodiacs, the crane to handle them and small recesses to act as a ladder on the side of the hull.|
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