Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Aleutian Express

The Aleutian Express berthed here today - not an easy maneuver getting this 125' historic vessel into such a small marina!  Commissioned in 1912 originally as a fireboat this old warhorse has also served as fur trader, oil tanker, tow boat, Berring Sea crabber, and fish tender.  

Today under the ownership and command of John Clutter, the EXPRESS is enjoying a complete renovation and refitting to a similar rigging as she looked in 1929 with a more modern interior and deck setting,while borrowing from the concepts of previous owners. With usable roller furling sails, 12 volt LED Lighting and a smaller more fuel efficient house generator while anchored and not working at full load, the Express can reduce nearly half of it's previous carbon footprint, and sail silently without power if necessary. This is a great benefit in acoustical studies such as whale research, or in seabird rookery areas to minimize pollution in ecologically sensitive areas.

The future plans for the vessel are to continue being active in Alaska fisheries and available for research charters anywhere within the Pacific Rim, while acting as a response vessel in remote areas equipped to handle port or vessel firefighting, oil spill response and salvage operations which may involve removing grounded vessels from remote beaches, and beach cleanup operations as well as coral research and SCUBA dive support

1 comment:

  1. WOW I want to go take a ride on this baby, really really nice vessel. Lets go take a ride Susan Townsend.