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Be a part of the Sea Bird Adventure community! We are constantly making strides towards retrofitting the Sea Bird Adventure with green technology to help clean up our oceans. Stay up to date with all of the latest information that the Sea Bird has to offer.

From a military vessel, the USNS New Bedford, and still a movie star, Mister Roberts, The Sea Bird is leading the way in vastly improving maritime technology in the name of saving the planet. With developing technologies in alternative propulsion, such as electric propulsion, using watt oil as fuel, and tesla turbines - we're boldly blazing a new path and we want you to be a part of the adventure!

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History

Once known as the USNS New Bedford, this former Army and Navy cargo ship was an active supply carrier during World War II and played witnesses to the Texas Towers tragedy in 1960. She also had a starring role in the 1955 classic film Mr. Roberts, based off Lieutenant Thomas Heggen's book written about his experiences during the war. In 1994, the ship was decommissioned from military service and sold the next year as a commercial fishing boat under her current name, the Sea Bird.

Mister Roberts

Though Henry Fonda played the leading role in the 1995 hit film Mr. Roberts, he was not the only star. The USNS New Bedford, currently the Sea Bird, acted as the perfect setting to the movie, adapted from Lieutenant Thomas Heggen's book. It provides a glimpse into everyday life in the Navy during down time in the South Pacific. But before the Sea Bird graced the silver screen, the story was produced on Broadway and earned Henry Fonda a Tony Award for Best Actor.

Beyond Green

Our oceans are the world's greatest natural resource and pollution levels are rising exponentially. Taking small steps to become more green is helpful, however now more than ever we must answer the call to go beyond green.  Our mission to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is on the horizon and with help from sponsors and economic incentives, the goal becomes more and more possible each day.

Tesla Turbine

The traditional combustible engine has proven to be extremely inefficient, with a very high percentage of lost energy. The Sea Bird Adventure team is working to adapt a tesla turbine for the ship that maximizes energy efficiency. More efficiency means less waste and less fuel used. Since the trip to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to take weeks, an efficient engine is essential. Waste oil as well as alternative propulsion are just two concepts being considered


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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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