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Follow the construction of a Bering Sea Fishing Trawler from start to finsh

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Week ~ 83 (Click on post image to view more images)

The Big Move! This image encapsulates this monumental event for me as Americas Finest moves laterally (West) to get into a northern launch position as she points towards Alaska, her destiny. Before the move they are tearing down the old braces and discussing the… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 82 (Click on post image to view more images) all information given in these posts are from a non technical point of view…

How to move 2900 tons of steel on land, stay tuned! Here she is, Americas Finest, view Weeks 82 and next week (83). See her get prepared to be moved laterally (sidetracking) to a new position that will be her final orientation before her launch…. Continue Reading →

Week ~ 81 (Click on post image to view more images)

Beautiful forms from the Pacific Northwest, Americas Finest and Mount Baker (warning size comparison may not be accurate) Here you have it. The furthermost top section of the bow and last to be installed. This section is called the mooring… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 80 (Click on post image to view more images)

Americas Finest’s hull is in place as well as her name! This next image is the close up of her name. Her name is not painted on as you would expect. Each letter is cut out of steel and welded… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 79 (Click on post image to view more images)

Taking a well deserved break…doing what comes natural. Under the big tent work continues on the last module for the bow. And speaking of the bow, take a look at the specialized winches being constructed for the huge anchors yet to… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 78 (Click on post image to view more images)

Follow the images to watch the men plug up the last space on this deck. Check out the strange things brewing in the Big House (fab shop). Wow, what these guys can fabricate! Check back for an update. Our hull shot… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 77 (Click on post image to view more images) Happy New Year!

Busy at Dakota Creek Shipyards, all hands are working towards the launch of Americas Finest, and fine she is… Her propeller is set from last weeks installation. Another view of this majestic propeller. The first image is her bow nearing completion. The next two… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 76 (Click on post image to view more images)

Installation of the MAN propeller (MAN is the same manufacture of Americas Finest engine) in progress. If you look closely between the tents you can see Mt. Baker in its glory all covered in snow. Some more shots of the propeller… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 75 (Click on post image to view more images)

Its our 75th contiguous week. What a ride…thanks for dropping in. Comments are always welcome.   Here is this weeks hull shot. Next to Americas Finest (left) to her right is her little older sister,  “American Number 1” in for regular… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 74 (Click on post image to view more images)

Wow..they are loading Americas Finest! Almost on a daily basis new equipment of some type is installed before she is buttoned up. Floating Steel…   Now lets go to the rear (stern) and check out what they are up to!… Continue Reading →

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