The Western Express

by Will Magnum 2017

Western Express

The Western Express (Photo from the Will Magnum collection. )

The Western Express was built in 1943 as the USATS YMS–297 by Tacoma Boat Building Co. at Tacoma WA USA. She is 39.2m x 7.5m x 3.5m (128.6’ x 24.6’ x 11.6’) wooden hull 246.94gt 146.47rt and powered by a 1200hp engine (re-powered in 2004 by 2–455bhp diesel engines). She could also have been the USS YMS–431 or USS YMS–432. (From The Nauticapedia)

Western Express

The Western Express (Photo from the Will Magnum collection. )

Western Express

The Western Express (Photo from the Will Magnum collection. )

From speaking with the owner of the Western Express he did tell me that the ship had sunk once before in the Queensborough area. And he had it raised Apparently one of the fish holding tanks is ruptured. And he had been on vacation for some time. I’m assuming with all the bad weather that we had this winter that the pumps must have failed in the ship and had gone down due to instability.

Western Express

The Western Express being removed from the shipping channel (Photo from the Will Magnum collection. )



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