An Alaska Marine Highway System vessel enters Auke Bay on a spring morning. The TAKU was built at the Lockheed Shipbuilding Company in Seattle, Washington in 1963. The ship is admeasured at 2624 gross tons (7302 tons ITC) and 2496 net tons. She is 352 feet in length with a 74 foot beam. At her full load displacement of 4283 long tons she draws 16’ 11” of water loaded.  She carries 370 passengers with 106 berths in 44 staterooms and the rest on deck or in the ship’s public rooms or solarium. She is propelled by two marine diesels providing 8122 horsepower to her twin shafts. The ship is capable of 16.5 knots. The ship has a crew of 42 persons.


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