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Custom Oceanographic Ship 213 ft, Anacortes, WA

US$ 990,000

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Anacortes, WA
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2011 Survey valued at $1.1M replacement cost $8M Decommissioned by the US Coast Guard 2011.

The design characteristics of the Shackle were 213’6″ in overall length, a beam of 40’8″, and a limiting draft of 14′ 1″. She was steel-hulled and displaced 1,970 tons of water when fully loaded. Her twin-screw propulsion plant (diesel-electric) created 3,000 shaft horsepower per motor for a top speed of 14.8 knots. Flank speed allowed her to run a radius of 10,000 nautical miles and 13,700 nautical miles at cruising speed. At 95 percent capacity, her fuel tanks held 95,960 gallons of diesel fuel for the main engines and auxiliary generators.

Redesignated an oceanographic ship, WAGO-167 1968 and assigned to oceanographic, meteorological, and polar operations, she commenced duties as a research support ship. During fiscal year 1970, she underwent conversion during which alterations were made to her hull and scientific equipment, and research and storage spaces were added at a shipyard in San Diego, California. As part of the National Data Buoy Project of NOAA Acushnet spent three years attached to the Office of Naval Research and the Scripps Oceanographic Institute in San Diego, California


1,720 long tons (1,750 t)


213 ft 6 in (65.07 m)


39 ft (12 m)


14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)


Diesel-electric, four Fairbanks-Morse 6-cylinder opposed piston engines driving four generators and motors, driving two shafts with 3,460 shp (2.58 MW)


15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

The Acushnet was originally USS Shackle (ARS-9), a US Navy Diver-class rescue and salvage ship which went into service in 1944. During World War II, she earned three battle stars for coming to the aid of stricken vessels.


Her four eight-cylinder Cooper-Bessemer diesel engines powered four Westinghouse generators, producing 610 kilowatts of electricity to power the four Westinghouse 765-horsepower electric motors. These motors drove the two prop shafts which were stepped down through reduction gears to turn two nine-foot four-bladed propellers. Auxillary power, as fitted, included two diesel generators producing 200 kilowatts of power, and an emergency generator that produced 60 kilowatts.

The forecastle deck was fitted with a mast and boom, an anchor windlass and a windlass used to operate the boom tackle and salvage equipment. The stern was fitted with a second mast and a towing winch drum with 2,100 feet of 2-inch steel cable that had a maximum pull rating of 40,000 pounds. Near the stern there were port and starboard capstans with a towing bit between them. A 900-foot 5 ½ inch nylon tow line was stored below deck. Four compressors provided air for the divers and four pumps could be used for a variety of salvage tasks from fire-fighting to removing water from a sunken wreck.

The Shackle was designed for a crew of 120 men: seven officers and 113 enlisted. Officer’s berthing was located on the main deck; enlisted personnel berthing on the second deck. The captain, executive officer, and engineering officer had quarters below the navigation bridge, near the officers’ ward room. Galleys were located on the forecastle and main decks. The chief petty officer’s mess was forward of the main deck galley; enlisted mess was to port of the galley.

In 1984, Acushnet underwent a more than $3 million upgrade of her 1940s technology during a four-month overhaul in the Bergeron Shipyard in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Her main engines were replaced with Fairbanks-Morse diesels and her steering gear was replaced with an electric-hydraulic steering ram. She also gained a new electronics package allowing her abilities comparable to the new 270-foot medium endurance cutters.

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