R/V Arctic Discoverer
1958 - 2013


Salvaging the Salvager

The last days of the R/V Arctic Discoverer

3rd Salvage Trip, September, 2013

My last trip to visit the ship was the first week in September, 2013. It was a nice week, sunny and hot, just like the previous trips had been. I had made up my mind to climb the forward mast to retrieve a mast light. The mast was rusted pretty bad, and I did not relish the idea of placing my 250 pounds on the small ladder rungs to climb up there. I decided to go for the first light I came to which was about half way up the mast. I got up there and realized I had left my wire cutters sitting in the back of my van. Back down to retrieve tools and back up again, I finally got the old weathered beat up light. It had a couple of chips in the glass and some rust spots, but what the heck, it was cool anyway.

The mast light I retrieved.

The one that got away.

My main goal this trip, was to get a number of portholes for the museum and to resale to try and make some of my investment back. I figured a lot of my treasure hunting friends would like a chance to have one of these treasures.

I brought a ladder to get the ones from the second level.

Ziggy, Penny and Dan's dog.

The bridge on the last day I was there, a lot different looking then during its glory days at sea...

Captain Burlingham on the bridge, during the height of the Arctic Discoverers career as a treasure hunter.

Photo Credit: Americas Lost Treasure; Thompson, 1998

Photo Credit: Americas Lost Treasure; Thompson, 1998

The safe remains on the ship, still nothing in it.

I finally got down to the engine room to get some pics.

Through her porthole eyes, this is one of the last times the Arctic Discoverer will see the water.

That's me on top of the ship, paying a last visit.

A storm is coming, time to go...

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