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?
G.V. IN SHED BOATS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
TOP V.PAN IN SHED MEN WORKING.
C.U. PAN FROM BOAT TO LONG VIEW OF BOAT IN WATER
G.V. PAN SHOTS OF BOATS NEARLY COMPLETE.
G.V. MAN WORKING ON FINS.
C.U. PAN ALONG FIN
C.U. PAN ENGINE.
S.TOP.V. TWO BOATS.
C.U. UNDERNEATH STRUCTURE OF BOAT
CU. DRIVER IN CABIN
S.V. DRIVER AT WHEEL IN CABIN
S.V.PAN BOAT TOWARDS AND AWAY.
L.V. TRAVEL SHOT OF BOAT.
NEARER TRAVEL SHOT OF BOAT.
S.V. INSIDE BOAT, CREW AT WHEELHOUSE AND PASSENGERS SEATED.
S.V. MEN WALKING IN CABIN PASSED PEOPLE SEATED.
B.V. PEOPLE EASTED IN CABIN
L.V. PEOPLE SEATED IN CABIN.
S.V.PAN. BOAT PASSING.
C.U. SHOT FROM SIDE OF SHIP OF FIN
C.U. SHOT FROM STERN OF SHIP AT SEA.
S.V. BOAT SPEEDING.
G.V. OLD FERRY IN SEA.
S.V. PAN SHIP SLOWING DOWN.
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Background: 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.