Spirit of Columbia off Shilshole, Seattle. Peaks of the Olympic Mountains in background.
The Spirit of Columbia is a smaller cruise vessel operated by CruiseWest.com which cruises Prince William Sound's (Alaska) back channels, bays and wilderness islands. She has a bow ramp, which, in combination with a shallow draft, allows the ship to disembark passengers onto shores in wild areas without ports.
SPECIFICATIONS: Built in 1979 and refurbished in 1995 for service with CruiseWest.com, she is 97 tons, her length is 143 feet. She features 37 cabins, 4 passenger decks, and is manned by 21 crew. Her cruising speed is 10 knots. She is able to perform bow landings.
NOTE: On August 19, 2007 she ran aground in Latouche Passage in Prince William Sound. The Captain piloted the ship too close to shore while bear viewing. The US Coast Guard sent two HH-60 helicopters, a C-130 aircraft, and the Cutter Sycamore to assist the crew free the vessel. Source: Wikipedia