Southern Seas II
Above: The Southern Seas (II) arriving at the World Cruise Dock, located at the front entrance to the Magic Kingdom theme park. From 1977 to September of 1982, the Seas made hourly trips, taking guests to Discovery Island, from the Seven Seas Lagoon, and over to Bay Lake. She was also very busy doing Convention Charters Cruises at night.

Building a more modern "Southern Seas" II - cruiseship

Above: The Southern Seas (II) plying the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon, going around Beachcomber Isle. This photo is believed to be taken on Jan. 07, 1978. Behind the stern of the Seas is the infamous Wave Machine, which did more erosion damage to the shoreline of the Polynesian Village Resort's Beach, than make good surfing waves. It was only operational for a few test days, in 1974. The plug was pulled on the Wave Machine project, for good. Photo by www.Disneypix.com

EPCOT opens and forever changes things on the Lakes -

The "Southern Seas" II  -         (Note: Retired from service in 1997)

 

 


Seminole class

 

 

 

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Length: 120' long

Beam:  34'-10" wide

Draft:    5'-6" deep at the keel

Displacement:  150 tons

Top Speed:   7.5 knots

Engine:   (1 ) Catapillar No. 3406   6-cylinder diesel engine, cranking a 55 kw Kato AC electric generator (for propulsion only), which powers two 75 hp. electric drive motors, one next to each of the two side-paddlewheels. The genuine, and moving "Gallows A- Frame Walking Beam Engine", is for show only. Modeled after the type found on the steamer "Francis Skiddy" of the gold rush era, circa 1900's. It was saved from the original "Southern Seas" ( I ).

Designed by:   Naval architect Ben Ostlund, during 1976.

Built:  At the WDW Central Shops, and Drydock area during 1977.

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Right:  Even the Southern Seas is still dwarfed by the size of Disney's Grand Floridian Beach Resort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: The Southern Seas maneuvers through the concrete Waterbridge Channel, (Going over the World Drive roadway underneath).

Top Right: The Seas sidedocked at TTC, while the crew has their dinner nearby. Doing a convention group charter cruise.

Right: 1982, the Seas approaches the Magic Kingdom entrance in the morning, to begin operations.

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