Coast Guard cutter arrives back home

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008

KETCHIKAN - The Coast Guard cutter Acushnet and its 82-person crew are back home in Ketchikan.

The cutter had been dry-docked for a month in Washington state for repairs and new propellors.

Back in December, the Acushnet was sailing from Washington to Ketchikan when the 64-year-old ship lost its starboard shaft and propellor in Canada's Inside Passage.

The Coast Guard said the problem was caused by years of corrosion.

The Acushnet made it to Ketchikan, where it remained dockside until July when it was towed to a Bellingham, Washington, shipyard for repairs and general maintenance.

It now is preparing for its next patrol in the Bering Sea.

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