MV Cape Don Society Inc.
Incorporating the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service Museum.
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.
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)
Fresh water 377t (383mt)
Water ballast 254t
Oil fuel 132t
Hold 276t (281mt)
'Tween deck 145t (147mt)
Lockers 14t (14mt)
Fuel: steaming 6.0t (6.1mt)
Fuel: at anchor 0.5t (0.6mt)
Fresh water 7t (7.1mt)
at 230 rpm DP 12.7 knots
at 200 rpm DP 10.2 knots