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Seatrain Ships

Bob Chaparro
 

Seatrain Ships

At the risk of going overboard on this topic, here are some links with more information, photos and diagrams on the Seatrain car ferries. The film is especially interesting.

Bob Chaparro

Port of Hemet, CA

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Popular Science Article, 1929

https://books.google.com/books?id=bCoDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA53&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=true

Popular Mechanics Articel, 1947

https://books.google.com/books?id=0N4DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA122#v=onepage&q&f=true

Film: Seatrain New Orleans

Film made in 1929. A lot of footage showing cars being moved inside the ship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBE9mzU_9OQ

Loading Illustration

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Seatrain_Method.jpg

Seatrain ferry loading 1956

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3153401       

The specialist crane hoist the cradle loaded with an ATSF boxcar from the Seatrain Louisiana

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Seatrain_Louisiana%2C_Hoisting_ATSF_Railroad_Freight_Car_from_Cargo_Hold%2C_Seatrain_Lines.jpg

Seatrain Loader,  Belle Chasse, LA

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1846297

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4624402

Bob Webber
 

There's also an article in Warships International on some of the ships' service in WW II - as can be imagined, they were excellent in terms of moving heavy land vehicles (and landing same).  If I'm not mistaken, these were "chartered" by the Army - not the Navy.  The Army attempted to garner the whole fleet.

They also were used to haul  freight cars to France and other overseas destinations..  This had the benefit of not having to knock down the built "kits" to be rebuilt ashore.  And then..some of those cars had kits as loads within.  At least some of the kits and built up kits were from Bessemer. 

 There is also an image of a load of reefers no one of the ships..where THAT one is can not be recalled at the moment. 

At 10:39 AM 12/16/2019, you wrote:

Seatrain Ships

At the risk of going overboard on this topic, here are some links with more information, photos and diagrams on the Seatrain car ferries. The film is especially interesting.

Bob Chaparro

Bob Webber

Charlie Vlk
 

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Popular Science and Popular Mechanics are a source of many good railroad (freight car) images and articles.  Fascinating look into the past when people were interested in how things worked and doing things with their hands.

Quite a contrast to today’s “Popular Science” which is more of a catalog for Sharper Image with opinion pieces on technical and scientific issues.

Charlie Vlk

 

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Seatrain Ships

At the risk of going overboard on this topic, here are some links with more information, photos and diagrams on the Seatrain car ferries. The film is especially interesting.

Bob Chaparro

Port of Hemet, CA

++++

Popular Science Article, 1929

https://books.google.com/books?id=bCoDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA53&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=true

Popular Mechanics Articel, 1947

https://books.google.com/books?id=0N4DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA122#v=onepage&q&f=true

Film: Seatrain New Orleans

Film made in 1929. A lot of footage showing cars being moved inside the ship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBE9mzU_9OQ

Loading Illustration

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Seatrain_Method.jpg

Seatrain ferry loading 1956

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3153401      

The specialist crane hoist the cradle loaded with an ATSF boxcar from the Seatrain Louisiana

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Seatrain_Louisiana%2C_Hoisting_ATSF_Railroad_Freight_Car_from_Cargo_Hold%2C_Seatrain_Lines.jpg

Seatrain Loader,  Belle Chasse, LA

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1846297

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=4624402

Doug Pillow
 

Back in1971 I was an Able Seaman Cardeckman on the Seatrain Texas. We were running New York(Edgewater NJ) TO San Juan Puerto Rico. Each cardeckman had a deck of railroad cars and one track on the main deck. Each watch you had to check the chocks on each car and the turnbuckles on the tiedownson on each car.They were tightened as needed. The cars were winched to the main elevator for hoisting to main deck where they were craned off. A very interesting ship,she was old but stout built pre World War Two.

Doug