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Uploaded on May 21, 2009

The M.V. Arcturus leaving dock and heading out to sea. Powered by her original 1929 Atlas Imperial, 6cyl, diesel engine. The Atlas alone weighs 20,000 lbs and is the last engine of it's size and type in a boat ( 8 1/2 " bore X 12 " stroke, producing 140hp).

Atlas engine works was located in Oakland, Ca. and was the premier west coast builder of heavy duty slow speed marine diesels. Known for their economy (mine drinks 4 gallons an hour pushing 90 tons @ 9 knots!!) and reliability (she's 80 years old and still going). They went out of business in the late 50's because everyone became obsessed with speed as fuel was cheap.

She hadn't left the dock under her own power in 15 years, so was quite a specticle for the locals!! This was supposed to be a one way trip to a new home, however due to fuel issues, she had to return to the harbor.

Keep watching I'll post video of the trip to her new home, when it happens, in the near future.


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