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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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ 73 (Click on post image to view more images)

Weld i.e. join together (metal pieces) by heating two surfaces to the point of melting, using an electric arc and uniting them…in a simple explanation. Welding replaced rivets for ship construction somewhere between the two World Wars. If you drive over… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 71 (Click on post image to view more images)

Americas Finest this week…If inclined see the difference from last week (#70) to see the progress on her bow. Hard to dispute her name. The next two images are different views of her today. Back in the Big House (fabrication… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 70 (Click on post image to view more images)

Now here’s a busy site. Because of the scale you have to look close to find the guy in the circle. By the way, inside that large circle is where the propeller will be installed. You get a first look… Continue Reading →

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