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First print exhibition of the floatingSteel Project – and the new “floatingSteel” book. (click on book cover for more info)

      First public showing will be at Northwind Arts Center 701 Water Street Port Townsend, WA.  

Week ~ 92 & 93 (Click on post image to view more images)

A look at the main cargo hold. Now lets turn back the clock by 14 months and take a look from the same spot. And now two more wizardly pipe images, courtesy of the pipe crew. I am totally blown… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 91 (Click on post image to view more images)

Installation of the forward gantry is in progress. And now a view from the West side. This is a huge gantry (crane) that has to be moved with great precision and coordination from a skilled crew at Dakota Creek. A… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 86 (Click in post image to view more images)

Americas Finest is getting her new coat of paint on for next week, it’s the big one! Check in for next weeks (87Th) images of her big launch!   Paint and all final additions and adjustments are getting ready for… Continue Reading →

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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 →

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