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Sanpoil Construction Photos

The new ferry vessel for the Columbia River Keller route, Sanpoil, is under construction at the Foss Maritime boat yard in Rainier, Oregon.  The photos below show some of the construction work on the new, all-aluminum, vessel.

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Preparing hull plates.


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Placing a hull plate on the Sanpoil.


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Placing a keel support.

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Hull construction is progressing.

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Three vessel hull sections.

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The center hull section lifted by two cranes.

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Starting to set the hull on the trailer.

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Almost on the trailer.

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On the trailer.  Ready to go back in the shop for more work.


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Getting the assembly shelter ready at Grand Coulee Dam


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The main hull section.


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The Sanpoil main hull section on her trailer and ready for the five-day journey to Grand Coulee.

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A very tight fit through the tunnel on Interstate 84.

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Squeezing by the rocks.

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Arrived at Crescent Bay near Grand Coulee Dam.

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Lifting the starboard "wing" section to attach to the main hull on March 19, 2013.

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Gently lowering the 13,000 lb starboard wing section into place on March 19th.

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It fits!

Crossover
The crossover beams will support the pilot house

Pilot House
The pilot house was placed on the crossover support May 7th, 2013.

Boat hull
The vessel is really starting to look good.

Shelter
The construction shelter sits on the banks of the Columbia River near Grand Coulee Dam.

Vicinity photo
You can see the dam with the ferry construction shelter in the far right center of this aerial photo.