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    A small shipyard in the Sicilian city of Messina is revolutionizing the common concept of ferryboats by turning out winged vessels which skim over the water at 50 miles per hour?

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    A small shipyard in the Sicilian city of Messina is revolutionizing the common concept of ferryboats by turning out winged vessels which skim over the water at 50 miles per hour?
    Two of the boats, equiped with hydroplanes are already in service across the Strait of Messina between Italy and Sicily. They do the six-mile trip between Messina and the mainland in just ten minutes: in the old ferryboats it used to take 40 minutes.

    The 'Hydroplaning' principle for fast boats is not new, but never before has it been put to such use in vessels capable of carrying up to 75 passengers.

    The Hydroplane boat works on the same principle as the aeroplane. The fins attached to the underside of the boat cause it to 'plane' as it gets up speed; the fater the boat goes the further the hull rises until it is clear of the water completely. The diminished 'drag' of the hull enables the boat to maintain a high speed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAHZGB7UQ4MVFZU39KBV15C4UZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAHZGB7UQ4MVFZU39KBV15C4UZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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