The main engine on the 605 is an 550 horsepower Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine, built in Oakland, CA. The engine is a direct reversible engine. This means that to reverse direction, the engine must be stopped, the cam reversed, and the engine restarted. The ship had a top speed of 10.7 knots. Lightships were not designed for agility - they were built to get to station and stay there.

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