July 25, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 30

U.S. Forest Service ships up for auction

SITKA — Half a century of Sitka history in a 61-foot steel hull is being auctioned off by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Photo courtesy US Forest Service
The M/V Sitka Ranger, a sister ship to the M/V Tongass Ranger is also on the auction block.

The M/V Sitka Ranger, which entered service in 1959 as the floating presence of the Forest Service in the Tongass National Forest, is on the auction block.

Roy Mitchell, deputy regional fleet manager for the Forest Service in Anchorage, said the Sitka Ranger and its sister ship the M/V Tongass Ranger are being auctioned off because there’s no longer enough field work in the country’s largest national forest to require three ranger vessels in Southeast Alaska.

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