Future Freighter 1968 (Sep, 1956)

Future Freighter 1968


This “Cargo Catamaran’* discharges loaded barges, plucks newly loaded ones from dockside… nests them high and weathertight to its central hull. Cargo and barges are rushed intact to destination, where unloading and reloading occur with minimum port time.

When this “shipper’s dream” slips down the ways, New Departure ball bearings will still be first choice—aship or ashore—wherever shafts must turn with maximum efficiency, speed and dependability.

Leading industries just naturally look on New Departure products and engineering service as shipmates for smooth sailing.



  1. Slow Joe Crow says: August 4, 201010:59 am

    It’s interesting how the future turns out. While LASH (Lighter Aboard Ship) freighters similar to this concept do service areas areas with poor harbor facilities the container ship dominates modern shipping. At least all those container handlers and truck chassis still use lots of ball bearings.

  2. Sean` says: August 4, 20102:39 pm

    Well, this is at least containerization of a sort, just not to the extent imagined.

  3. TomB says: August 5, 201010:16 am

    Where will the unloader put all of the boxes that are coming up the ramp now that the truck is almost full? 🙂

  4. Firebrand38 says: August 5, 201010:18 am

    From the truck that’s waiting to back up from off the right edge of the frame.

  5. George says: August 5, 20105:11 pm

    Does the driver of the red “unload” truck get extra pay for sitting under that bubble in the sun?

  6. Firebrand38 says: August 5, 20105:28 pm

    George: He’s undoubtedly a Teamster so I think that answers your question.

  7. Kremer says: August 6, 20103:36 am

    Isn’t it convenient (and totally inconceivable) that all the freight boxes, bundles and packages are all exactly the same size? Meaning, there’s no mention in the ad at all of shipping agreements for standard container sizes.

  8. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 6, 20101:41 pm

    Containerization of cargo was seriously rolled out during WWII to decrease convoy wait times in port and make supplying invasions easier. The cargo industry latched onto it as a way a working around longshoremen labor costs and reducing time in port for a ship. Basically, only bulk shipping is more economical now. Containerization has also cut down on theft between point of origination and point of distribution. They put heavy duty seals on the containers that act as locks [The seals need big bolt cutters to remove just like cutting off a lock]

  9. Rocketeer says: September 3, 20104:36 pm

    @ Firebrand88:

    Q. How many teamster does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    A. Nine. You gotta problem wit dat?

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