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The Arctic Star Raised
Photo & Story By Chris Wilhelm


October 22, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Arctic Star, a 50 foot liveaboard, which sank early last Sunday morning in Thomas Basin has been raised.  Harbor officials say they are uncertain what might have caused the sinking. 

Owners Keddy and Terri Gould were out of town and unavailable for comment.  However, the harbor department hired Alaska Commercial Divers to raise the vessel earlier this week in order to prevent any damage to the harbor's floats. The harbor department will continue to monitor the Arctic Star until the owners' return. 

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Arctic Star
Photograph by Chis Wilhelm

No environmental contamination has been reported, other than a small oil sheen which dispersed rapidly.  Ketchikan's United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment had no information on the cause of the Arctic Star's sinking last Sunday. 
The wood boat does have a small leak but is staying above water.  The vessel is currently moored behind the Ketchikan Harbormaster Office at 2933 Tongass Avenue.



Chris Wilhelm is a freelance writer and photographer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
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