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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.  

Weeks ~ 94 through 97 random images ( working on book project, floatingSteel )

December 2016, welding inside bow. Also 12.1.16, ship tie offs…as always fabricated upside down for obvious reasons.

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 ~ 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 →

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