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Alaska Packers 22m Tug

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Boat REF# 112312
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 22.25m (73'0")
Year 1940
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Berths 7
Engine 1 x Diesel 200hp, Atlas Imperial 6HM102L (1940)
Lying Skagit County - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Herman (Seattle)
Builder Alaska Packers
Lying Skagit County - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 29,545.5 ltr (6,500.0 G) Total - 5 Tanks
Water capacity 1,400.0 ltr (308.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 109.1 ltr (24.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Deadrise unknown


Engine 1 x Diesel 200hp
Engine make and model Atlas Imperial 6HM102L (1940)
Engine Hours engine1:   many
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade bronze 58"x42"
Fuel consumption (approx) 40.9 ltr (9.0 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 9 knots
Max speed (approx) 10.5 knots
Generator output 12KVA
Engine spares tick

The engine aboard this tug is a significant historical artifact. This engine room is the cover photo for the book "Engines Afloat, Vol. II, the Gasoline/Diesel Era" by Stan Grayson. Hardbound copies of this book sell for $75 - $150. The engine design originated in 1916. It is a direct reverse, air start, slow speed diesel producing 200 HP at 324 RPM. However, it should be noted that the 200 HP rating is quite conservative. In fact, the engine will push this 73 foot tug quite strongly with a substantial bow and stern wave and can tow a 50 foot tug at speeds over nine knots, which it did on its "delivery trip" from Alaska in 1960. It was built in 1940 in Oakland California and carried to Alaska by ship to be installed in this boat. This engine is original in this boat and has been in continuous service for 70 years. The engine still sounds and operates as it did when the current owner purchased the boat in 1960. The only repair work ever needed by the engine was valve grinding, which can be performed on this engine without removing the heads. By all appearances this engine will continue to operate for many more years with no trouble. The owner has a large stock of major engine components which have never been needed. One great advantage of this particular Atlas engine is that it has always been fresh water cooled using a keel cooler system. Most Atlas engines installed in boats have been sea water cooled and have suffered accordingly after years of service. This engine is close to the condition in which it left the factory. In normal service, the engine operating temperature stays under 100 degrees F.

The engine is a classic design with external valve gear (needing periodic oiling by the engineer). It is relatively quiet in operation and very efficient. It is also quite large and heavy (approximately 45,000 pounds). It was originally designed to be operated by an engineer standing beside the engine. The current owner adapted the engine controls to be manipulated from the wheelhouse by cable so that the engine can be safely operated by the captain from the wheelhouse or by an engineer in the engine room.

The engine starts with air pressure much like a steam engine. The air storage system is remarkable in that it has almost no leakage and is able to store pressure sufficient to start the engine for periods of months at a time. Air pressure is produced by a compressor system built in to the engine (the "seventh cylinder"). An auxiliary compressor is provided as a backup.

An engine driven generator supplies electrical power and battery charging when underway. Two auxiliary generators, one diesel and one gasoline, provide back up electrical power when anchored.

The engine is equipped with a "sailing clutch" which allows the engine to be disengaged from the propeller shaft so that it can be warmed up or used to power the anchor or towing winch.

Very few of these engines remain in service. The value of QUAIL is largely as a platform for this engine which is a highly desirable collectors' item in itself.


LOA 22.25m (73'0")
LWL 21.64m (71'0")
Beam 5.33m (17'6")
Draft Min 2.44m (8'0")
Draft Max 2.74m (9'0")
Airdraft 7.77m (25'6")
Headroom 1.93m (6'4")


Wood spars (unknown year)

Electrical Systems

32 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine, generator


Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

This boat is a conventional heavily-built work boat constructed in a boat building yard owned by Alaska Packers at Kogging, Alaska, about 18 miles up river from Nak Nek on Bristol Bay, Alaska. It was built as a working tug in 1940 and has continued in that service ever since. It has never been out of service and is only semi-retired today. The hull and deck house are in good working condition. The bilges are dry. The hull shows the usual repair and maintenance as would be expected in long service as a working tug. The exterior finish is typical of a work boat. Below the waterline, the hull is in excellent condition and was just hauled and painted in October, 2012. The wheel house and deck house are in good condition. The low "dog house" over the engine room is in poor condition and needs to be replaced. This is a simple wood structure. The decks are wood planked with a canvas coating and painted. The canvas coating is showing wear. The hull planking is roughly finished. The hull is very water tight with dry bilges, and reportedly does not take on water at all. However, it is likely that a new owner should expect to do some restoration work on the hull, at least for cosmetic purposes.

The exterior metal components such as the stem cap, rails and the anchor and tow winches are operational but show wastage as would be expected from long service. A new owner should expect to do substantial cosmetic restoration of external painted surfaces as well as replacing the engine room dog house.

The low rails all around the deck are designed to facilitate line handling when towing alongside and would generally be considered too low to serve as safety railings for recreational use.


Total # of berths 7
No. of single berths 7
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 2
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

In typical fashion for a working tug most of the hull volume is devoted to engine room providing space for the very large engine and auxiliaries. Fuel, air pressure and water are all contained in cylindrical tanks located in the aft and sides of the engine room.

The engine room is accessible through a hatch and ladder from the aft deck and forward through a companionway to the large bow compartment. Unusual for a tug of this size, the large bow compartment provides a roomy accommodations area with six berths, shower and large, open floor space. Three individual berths are arrayed along each side of the room for a total of six. A space heater, wash basin and shower stall (enclosed with a shower curtain) are installed along the rear bulkhead of the bow compartment.

One additional bunk is provided in the large wheelhouse.

From the bow compartment there is a passageway aft to the large engine room and another passage way and stair up to the galley/dining area on the main deck level. From the galley/dining area there are two steps up to the large wheelhouse. All accommodations appear to be very much as they were originally constructed in 1940 with some more modern upgrades in the galley. A refrigerator has been fitted in the galley but is not currently in service.

A head and sink are in a separate compartment forward of the galley and accessed through a separate hatch off the starboard side deck.

4 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

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VHF tick
SSB tick
GPS tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

This is a working tug equipped with a typical mast and towing light array. Navigation instruments are basic with a paper strip and flasher type depth sounder, an early Furuno radar and an equally old AM long distance radio system as well as VHF.

The wheelhouse remains as originally built with a large ship's wheel directly behind the ship's compass. Remote engine controls have been provided in the wheelhouse to allow the captain to directly control the engine which, otherwise, would be controlled by an engineer in the engine room responding to the signals of the ship's telegraph which remains in place.

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Davits tick

1 anchors
(Navy stockless)
120.00m (393'9") of chain
Linvingston 10' and 12' dinghy (unknown year)
(Hard Dinghy)
In typical workboat fashion two Livingston GRP catamaran small boats are stored on the dog house over the engine room. The small boats are raised and lowered with a boom crane off the main mast.

The anchor windlass is a large unit including a large line handing capstan and is direct-driven through clutches and a long shaft from the main engine.

A small towing winch with one inch steel wire is fitted on the aft deck. The towing winch is hydraulically driven from the main engine.

Safety Equipment

Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
Searchlight tick
Horn tick

3 bilge pumps (0 manual / 1 Electric)

In addition to a large capacity electric bilge pump, this boat is equipped with one engine-driven bilge pump and a portable, gasoline powered salvage pump.

Broker's Comments

The classic tug is all about the engine. QUAIL is a rare and unique collectible that requires an experienced and knowledgeable owner who understands direct reversing, air start, low speed diesels and appreciates an original 1940 tug boat built for work in the remote regions of Western Alaska. Please understand that recreational boaters looking for a family cruiser should look elsewhere in our inventory. This boat is for the hard-core old slow speed diesel enthusiast. If you aren't that type, don't consider buying this boat. If you are, then you already know how special this boat is. And for the enthusiast, this boat not only offers the special qualities of a classic tug but comes equipped with unusually extensive accommodations including a well-equipped galley and roomy sleeping area with berths for seven. The family that owns the boat has used it for extensive cruising between Puget Sound and Alaska.

As of 7/2/15, she had a fresh haul out with new bottom paint and new zincs.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Alaska Packers 22m Tug has been personally photographed and viewed by Dirk Nansen of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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