The St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel is the result for a request of proposal of the Krimzon Guard to Silverport Dockyards Limited for a swimming library, that would be able to travel to ports to supply visitors with reading materials on a wide variety of matters.
The St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel is a classical monohull-design, 240.6 metres in length, with a beam of 28.6 metres and a draught of 7.3 metres. At full load, it has a tonnage of 72,500 tons - please keep in mind, that the tonnage is not equivalent to the displacement!
Built of steel with an aluminium superstructure, the vessel has 16 decks, ten of which are accessible for visitors, and a crew of 650 sailors and attendants. Due to the nature of this vessel as a floating, moving library, there are no stewards and passenger rooms, thus reducing the operating costs and requirements.
The power for the vessel is provided by four Diesel Generators, providing a total of 30,000 kW of electricity to power the vessel and everything onboard - including the propulsion systems, two azimuth thrusters, which allow for great manoeuvrability, which is enhanced by the bow thruster. This allows for easy docking without the aid of tugs and similar vessels. The St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel has a maximum speed of 20 knots, or 37 km/h, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles.
The St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel is equipped with two Navigation Radars, both of them capable of being used as weather radars, a GPS-System and a Satellite Uplink System. In addition to that, the St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel is equipped with an onboard computer network, both for administrative purposes for the library and for entertainment of the crew on long journeys, should the library itself not be entertainment enough. This network is a standard OEN used on many of SDY's civilian vessels and accessible through every LAN-port as well as via WLAN, provided one has the necessary passwords.
Heart and centrepiece of the St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel is, of course, the Library, which is not a singular, large room, but all in all six rooms for different purposes. These six rooms are Main Library, the Collection of Antiques, the Children's Library, the Donation Centre and the Microfiche Centre.
The Main Library stretches six decks with an internal hollow space to allow viewing of the entire library, all four decks up and down, with entrances into the greenhouses and a large skylight to let natural light flood in. The lowest deck's central space is also a plaza, a free space usable in a variety of fashions, including as a dance floor, for assemblies and lectures. The Main Library alone has, according to estimates using the layout of the University of Silverport's Main Library as a reference, a storage capacity of around 300,000 books.
To store and preserve antique scriptures, the Collection of Antiques is equipped with the latest technology to store and preserve them, as well as to make them accessible for viewing by experts on the matter. A small laboratory to date and analyse new additions is by the side of the Collection of Antiques, which can also be used to house a small museum, if that is wished.
For younger readers, there is a Children's Library, soundproof and ready to receive smaller readers with their parents or caretakers. Rooms are set aside alongside that library to allow for groups of children to be read to without disturbing other groups or singular readers, with several reading corners set aside for the same purpose.
The Donation Centre is a relatively small area, where people can donate books to the vessel's library, which are then catalogued, checked for damages and, if necessary, repaired before being processed into the library itself – or handed out again. The computer terminals in the centre allow for easy access to the catalogue of the Main Library and the Donation Centre itself to easily find any book one might search for.
For research into the own ancestors, the St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel also carries a Genealogy Centre, an institute, where someone can research the own ancestors, both by genealogical records and by genetic research, a small laboratory added for this purpose. The ship carries the installations to have a digital genealogical database, as well as the ability to connect to other databases of the same kind for enhanced research, provided that the owners and holders of these databases grant access to them.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Microfiche Centre, where, as the name would suggest, microfilms are stored and can be viewed by interested people, thus granting access to old newspapers, documents, even artwork, if that is wished, all in the compact form of microfilms and their readers. The Centre includes a small workshop to produce own microfilms, as well as to repair damaged readers and films, a storage room for the films itself and a reader room.
Already mentioned, but not fully explained are the greenhouses: The topmost deck of the St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel is separated into a total of eight greenhouses, which can simulate a variety of environments. This serves to allow for a reading space 'in nature', as well as a place to teach gardening and agriculture to small and big future gardeners, independent from the weather. It also allows to showcase plants from the country of origin in a more natural environment instead of as potted plants. The water for usage on the plants is provided by the seas itself, after it had been made suitable for the task, namely by desalination – the same plant also provides fresh water to the vessel itself.
Aside from the Library
What isn't used as crew-space or technical space necessary for the operations of the vessel, or by the library and attached spaces, is used by the space for the additional functions of the vessel. Those include a theatre for movies, lectures and plays with 250 seats, and four smaller viewing rooms for movies with fifty seats each, all of which can also be used for entertainment movies.
The promenade deck in particular provides a space for relaxation and meditation about what had been read, including space for deck chairs and tables. One of the three cafeterias can serve an outdoor restaurant on the Promenade Deck as well.
In itself, the St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel has three cafeterias, each with their own kitchens and a central storage, including large refrigerators, and the capability to cook many dishes of the world's cuisine, depending on the abilities of the cooks and their helpers. One additional cafeteria is for crew use only.
The St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel began its life as Design 11052 of the Caillte Maritime Solutions Engineering Office of Wembury, a design for a cruise liner from the 80s, which went into SDY's possession as part of the inheritance of Fynn Caillte of the Tribe of Cork in 1993, who was married to SDY's CEO of today, Nora Cathlong of the Tribe of Cork - it was their daughter, Gwen, who adapted and finished Design 11052 to get the St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel.
It took more then twenty years for the plans to be taken out of storage, although updating and adapting took far less time. One part of the reason of Gwen Cathlong's fire when working on the St. Jimmy-class Library Vessel came from her being able to work with her late father's designs.
After numerous changes, and new proposals named the St. Jimmy-II- and St. Jimmy-III-classes for administrative purposes, the first vessel was laid down in late 2017.
Following her commissioning, she was sent on a world tour by the Krimzon Guard.