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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 ~ 90 (Click on post image to view more images)

My first look at the power plant…it has been under wraps. And what these are I am not sure and would not venture a guess. I would not want to maintain them.   Now here is a hatch cover! Fishermans Finest,… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 89 (Click on post image to view more images)

A first image of Americas Finest in her natural environment. Quite windy up here on her bow looking north….. to Alaska! A first view out of the pilot house windows… A panoramic preview left to right for her new captain and… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 85 (Click on post image to view more images)

A milestone in Americas Finest construction, her hull is all together. She’s almost full grown and what a magnificent sight! This last major module for her hull was just attached to her stern. You got a peak of this module… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 84 (Click on post image to view more images)

Four day weekend! Equipment gets well deserved rest. Lets look around. Looking towards the bow. On the main deck facing north towards huge spools that will work the nets. Now looking north towards the bow is the main cargo hold. Looks… 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 →

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