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The Sea Bird is not only a famous ship with a rich history, but a team of individuals who are passionate about saving the environment. Starting as the USNS New Bedford, this ship toured the Pacific during World War II and was later cast as co-star to Henry Fonda in the 1955 classic film Mr. Roberts. After enjoying civilian life as a commercial fishing boat, the Sea Bird was commissioned by the Sea Bird Adventure team in 2006 to return to the Pacific to help fight a new battle against the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This environmental disaster is reaching dangerous levels. Please read more in-depth articles about the Sea Bird Adventure process and history as well as participate in our blog and become an active participant to make the Earth one leaf greener and the ocean one drop bluer.

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Reach Out to More People and Make a Stand for the Environment Taking a former naval vessel, previously the USNS New ...

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Going from the FS-289 Camano Class Light Cargo Ship for the US Army to fishing boat was only the first step.  Today, an effort is being made to turn the Sea Bird into a powerful, environmentally friendly, water-cleaning vessel. Maritime technology has come a long way and we now have the ability to manufacture parts and machinery that have a significantly lower impact on the environment.


Military ships are generally not considered when people think of eco-friendly advancements. However, the New Bedford IX-308 also known as the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17), or Sea Bird, is working to change that.

   

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Pacific Garbage Patch

The formation of a "garbage patch" was first mentioned in a paper released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1988. At the time, a prediction was made that the oceans were beginning to accumulate plastic waste, specifically in the North Pacific. The NOAA warned that this could begin happening in open seas where prevailing currents maintained calm waters.

Unfortunately, little effort was diverted to the prevention of Save The Oceansgarbage patch formation. In the decades that followed, manmade waste has gathered in the North Pacific Gyre and other portions of the Pacific. Although it cannot be viewed from space, the garbage patch has been verified as real. Its size is still unknown because no means of measurement exists to determine which polluted waters are simply random debris and which are actually a part of the dense garbage patch. Estimates range from areas the size of Texas to an expanse bigger than the entire United States.

   

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Sailors on the Deck
Originally assigned the designation FS-289, the Sea Bird's construction by the Wheeler Shipbuilder Company in Whitestone, New York was finalized in 1945. The FS-289 first began making contributions to the United States Army as a cargo ship that same year. This beauty of a boat received a new designation as the New Bedford (T-AKL-17) and was acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950. In 1963, she was reclassified as the New Bedford IX-308.

In total, the USNS New Bedford served for nearly five decades in the Army and Navy. October 28th, 1994 finally saw the flag lowered on the vessels, thus ending its military career. While this was a significant event, it was made even more so by the ship's cinematic past. The USNS New Bedford was just as much a movie star as it was a Navy vessel, and was the largest 'actor' to appear in the 1955 hit film, Mr. Roberts.

   

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The minds behind the refitting of the Sea Bird (previously the USNS New Bedford T-AKL-17) are working hard to produce some of the most innovative and promising concepts possible. Each focuses on creating a vessel that runs efficiently, burns fuel cleanly, and operates with maximum conservation of resources. Pulse combustion has been one of the most exciting new technologies considered for the Sea Bird. It is important that each system and design be put to the test to ensure it is truly as effective as we want it to be. These tests not only tell us what, if any, changes need to be made, but reassure us that we are on the right path to refitting the Sea Bird.Working Tesla Turbine

   

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Reach Out to More People and Make a Stand for the Environment

Taking a former naval vessel, previously the USNS New Bedford T-AKL-17, and transforming it into an ally of the environment is no small task. The challenges are many and the distance that needs to be covered is long. We are committed to seeing this project through, but we cannot do it alone. The Sea Bird project could dramatically change the way the countless industries operate by offering technology that allows ships to operate clean and promote fuel conservation. 


The Sea Bird could encourage others to follow a similar path. The key is proving to the world that this is something that is realistically achievable.  Help us to create a "Commotion!"

   
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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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