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Catalog Number 2006.025
Caption Alyeska, Antares and Americus
Description Docked at Dutch Harbor, Alaska are three A-boats--ALYESKA, ANTARES and the AMERICUS. On September 7, 1974, the M/V ALYESKA was launched at Fairhaven Shipyard in Bellingham. The ship was owned by Jeff Hendricks, Ron Beirnes, George Nations and Robert Resoff. Before going down the ways the ship was christened by Mrs. Jeff Hendricks. The ANTARES and the ALTAIR, both 125-foot crab boats, were built in Anacortes by Dakota Creek Industries at a cost of $4 million; the ANTARES in early 1978. (NOTE: The ALTAIR is not in this photo)

The AMERICUS was found overturned in the Bering Sea February 14, 1983 and it sank two days later. No trace of the ALTAIR, a sister ship, was ever found. When they left Dutch Harbor, Alaska each were carrying between 225 and 230 crab pots each. They left within 4 hours of each other. Aboard the AMERICUS were George Nations, skipper, his son, Jeff, and crewmen Brent Boles, Larry Littlefield, Paul Northcutt, Vic Bass and Rich Awes. Aboard the missing Altair were Ron Beirnes, skipper and part owner, and crewmen Jeff Martin, Tony Vienhage, Brad Melvin, Larkin Breckenridge, Troy Gudbranson and Randy Harvey.

The 14 names of the men lost can be seen on the Seafarer's Memorial at the Cap Sante Boat Haven, in Anacortes, along with dozens of fishermen also lost at sea.

In 1998, Patrick Dillon, a prize-winning journalist and former newspaper reporter and editor, authored a book titled, "Lost at Sea" about the AMERICUS and Altair mishap. National Geographic ran a television special entitled, "Mayday, Lots at Sea", on February 21 and February 25, 2002.

The Antares, was destroyed by fire in March 1982, in the Bering Sea. All crew members, Kevin Kirkpatrick, David Grobschmit, Steve Carr and Joe McKenzie were safe. The fire started in the antihero engine room.
Subjects Maritime - Boat
Industry - Fishing
Disaster
People
Credit line Donated by Edward Carl Waterbury
People HENDRICKS, Jeff
BEIRNES, Ron
NATIONS, George
RESOFF, Robert
Place Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Search Terms Antares
Altair
A-Boat
Alyeska
Fairhaven shipyard
Dakota Creek
Object Name Print, photographic