MV Cape Don Society Inc.

Incorporating the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service Museum.

MV Cape Don at sea

The Ship

MV Cape Don, built at the Newcastle State Dockyards, N.S.W., and completed in January 1963, is one of a unique class of ships that was purpose-built to service navigational aids (including manned lighthouses), primarily along the Western Australian coast.

To fulfil these tasks, she was built as a mini-liner, with the lavish passenger accommodation necessary to carry officials, technicians, relief lighthouse crews and their families, sometimes for quite prolonged periods.

She is powered by a 5 cylinder Australian Polar M65T diesel engine developing 2,000 bhp at 250 rpm, driving a 4-blade, 5 tonne Kamewa controllable pitch propeller, 9.2' (2.75 m) diameter.

Cargo handling: the ship is equipped with one Clark Chapman electric crane SWL 12.5 ton (12.7 metric tonnes).

The MV Cape Don has an Asbestos Management Plan and Register in place, and a full WHS Policy Suite.


MV Cape Don in Sydney

Specifications

Length (over all) – 243' 7" (74.25M)
Length (between perpendiculars) – 220' 0" (67.05M)
Extreme breadth – 42' 1.75" (12.846M)
Moulded breadth – 42' 0" (12.802M)
Depth to upper deck – 23' 6" (7.16M)
Depth to main deck – 16' 0" 4.88M
Bridge to stem distance – 88' 0" (26.8M)
Height of bridge above LWL – 28' 0" (8.53M)
Light ship draft – 9' 3.25" (2.83)
Maximum summer draft – 14' 4" (4.37M)
Fresh water allowance – 3.5" (88.9M)
Gross tonnage – 2106.24t (2139.8mt)
Nett tonnage – 714.6t (726.07mt)
Light ship displacement – 1565t (1590mt)

MV Cape Don

Capacities

Fresh water – 377t (383mt)
Water ballast – 254t
Oil fuel – 132t

Cargo
Hold – 276t (281mt)
'Tween deck – 145t (147mt)
Lockers – 14t (14mt)

Daily consumption
Fuel: steaming – 6.0t (6.1mt)
Fuel: at anchor – 0.5t (0.6mt)
Fresh water – 7t (7.1mt)

Service speeds
at 230 rpm DP – 12.7 knots
at 200 rpm DP – 10.2 knots

Complement
Crew – 39
Passengers – 12

MV Cape Don engine room