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Training at Sea

Real–world Training at Sea

Our instructors are experienced maritime professionals who prepare students via classroom instruction, experiential learning, critical on–water training and professional development. Both maritime programs conclude with a mandatory 60-to-90-day at–sea internship aboard a large commercial vessel.

The fleet consists of:

  • A covered diesel engine life boat – Used in survival craft course.
  • An uncovered oared (human powered) life boat – Used in survival craft course.
  • 29-foot former NOAA Hydrography launch – Used in vessel handling course.
  • 43–foot pleasure craft – troller – For Sale.
  • 83–foot former USCG Cutter – Our main training vessel. It is underway twice a week for 12 hours a day in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the certificate programs.
  • 101–foot Former Alaska State Highway Car Ferry – Used to teach hands-on lab activities. It does not get underway.

The larger vessels are further described in the Training Fleet (below) section of our website.

E.L. Bartlett

E.L. Bartlett, Maritime Academy vessel

Vessel Specifications
  • Builder/Designer: Jeffboat, Inc., Jefferson, Indiana; designed by & built for Alaska Marine Highways; maintained by State of Alaska.
  • Year Built: 1969
  • Previous Owner/Donor: Lloyd Cannon, considered one of the pioneers of the king crab fishing industry and a principal with All Alaskan Seafoods, a major Alaskan fishing and processing operation with two crabbers in Alaska and a boatyard in Seattle. He resides in Edmonds.
  • Mission: Marine Technical & Vocational Training
  • Type: Passenger Ferry
  • Length: 177′ 1″
  • Beam: 53′
  • Draft: 34′ 6″
  • G.R.T.: 933
  • H.P.: 3,468
  • Engines:
    • Engine type: Twin Fairbanks Morse 38D 81/8 diesel engines
    • Aux. Engine: Twin Cummins NT855G3M main, G.M. 4/71 emergency, one Cummins 855 bowthruster engine
Other Info
  • Carries 236 passengers, 29 cars, electric power for seven vans. Also outfitted with food service area.
  • Hull: Steel, sheltered main deck for vehicles, bow visor w/locking pins, vertical stowed bow & stern ramps for loading. Passenger deck above car deck. Freeing ports at main car deck.
Navigation Equipment
  • 3 Radar, Decca BT360, Decca RM916C, Decca Racal Bridgemaster
  • 1 Sperry Mk 27 Gyro compass, 1 magnetic compass, 1 gyro repeater
  • 1 Furuno GPS Navigator
  • 1 Ross Fineline depth sounder
  • 1 Ross depth indicator
  • 1 each Icom ICM80 VHF, Icom ICR72 receiver, Icom CC M 700, emergency signal generator, Sharp SSB/AM, 40 channel radio
  • Westinghouse Engine control stations in wheelhouse & each wing
  • 2 x Clearview screens
  • 1 TV monitor for card deck doors, visor, ramps
  • Engine order telegraph
  • Dual electro hydraulic steering sets
  • Normal & sound-powered phones
Life Saving Equipment
  • Lifeboats, not motor, davit launched. 1 port & 1 starboard life rafts
  • Life vests: 293
  • Life rings, 2 with lights, 2 with attached lines
  • Rescue boat, Zodiac, 4–man with outboard motor & davit
  • Immersion/survival suit: Minimum 9
Vessel History

In January 2008, F/V E.L. BARTLETT was donated to Seattle Maritime Academy by Lloyd Cannon. Mr. Cannon is considered one of the pioneers of the king crab fishing industry and principal at All Alaskan Seafood, a major Alaskan fishing and processing operations.

T/V Maritime Instructor

Maritime Instructor vessel

Vessel Specifications
  • Builder: U.S. Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, MD—1962
  • Designer: Design Branch, Naval Engineering Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Owner: Seattle Maritime Academy
  • Mission: Marine Technical & Vocational Training
  • Type: Coastal Patrol Boat
  • Length: 82′ 10″
  • Beam: 17′ 7″
  • Depth: 9′
  • Draft: 6′
  • G.R.T.: 75
  • H.P.: 1600
  • Engines: (2) Caterpillar V–3412
  • Speed: 23 Knots
  • USCG Certification: Inspected Passenger Vessel for up to 48 passengers.
Vessel History

The T/V Maritime Instructor was originally commissioned as a Coast Guard cutter of the WPB “Point” class for use in coastal patrol duties. Built by the Coast Guard in 1962, the cutter was christened the USCGC Point Divide (WPB 82337) and took up station in Corona Del Mar, California in March 1963.

The cutter’s primary mission role was Search and Rescue. Secondary missions included assignments in law enforcement, boating safety, military preparedness, marine environmental response and public relations. As a public relations vehicle, the vessel appeared on television in serial shows such as Baywatch and a CNN documentary on the “drug war”.

In addition, she made cameo appearances in Hollywood films. The cutter spent its entire 31–year Coast Guard career in southern California; the normal operating area consisted of well over two million square miles extending from San Diego northward to Point Dume, CA with occasional voyages to Baja California and the Pacific Northwest.

Two of the more noteworthy events of her career include escorting the British royal yacht Britannia along the California coast during a visit by Queen Elizabeth II and interdicting the F/V Ocean Joy attempting to smuggle 10 tons of marijuana into the United States.

In 1995 the USCGC Point Divide was declared surplus to the Coast Guard’s needs and handed over to Seattle Maritime Academy under sponsorship of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Following acquisition by SMA the vessel was renamed the Maritime Instructor.


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4455 Shilshole Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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