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S.S. Pine Bluff Victory- Aground in the Columbia River near the mouth of the Willamette River. After other tugs had failed the vessel was re-floated by the SALVAGE CHIEF using three anchors.

The Cannery Tender- Deneb with cargo of fish boats and nets bound for Alaska grounded on ocean beach ten miles north of the entrance to the Columbia River. The SALVAGE CHIEF after laying out her salvage anchors backed into the surf to put two lines on the stranded vessel and then heaved her free of the beach. 
S.S. Pacificus- Ran aground in the Columbia River near Stella, WA and was re-floated by the SALVAGE CHIEF using three anchors. 
Cargo Barge- The barge with a full load of logs grounded on the ocean beach just north of the entrance to Tillamook Bay. The barge was re-floated and delivered to owners.
Tanker S.S. Allan Seegar- The tanker collided with the S.S. Audrey off the Oregon Coast was taken into to tow by the SALVAGE CHIEF and delivered to a shipyard in Portland.
Tug L. H. Collidge- The tug sank after stranding on a jetty at Bandon, OR. The vessel was moved two miles up the Coquille River by the SALVAGE CHIEF where it was patched and re-floated.
M/V Erria- caught fire at the anchorage near Astoria, OR. The SALVAGE CHIEF was used to extinguish the fire, handling equipment, laying out anchors, supplying power, furnishing miscellaneous equipment, towing off the beach where stranded and towing vessel to Portland, OR.
S.S. Cynthia Olson- Grounded on the north jetty at the entrance to Bandon, OR with a full load of lumber. The engine room, boiler room and all holds of the vessel were flooded. The SALVAGE CHIEF placed pumps above the vessel, patched and pumped the vessel out. The ship's crew jettisoned all the lumber cargo which floated in on a flood tide and was picked up in log booms and towed up river to the Moore Mill Dock. After re-floating the vessel it was made seaworthy and towed to dry-dock in Portland for repairs. 
Cargo barge Kiska Island: Was lost a sea in Alaska and drifted ashore on a open beach near Rocky Bay. The barge was laying on a rock reef with all double bottoms, engine room, generator room and cargo hold flooded. The barge carried drums of diesel fuel, gas, lube oil and contractor equipment. The vent lines, other small opening and cargo hold hatches were sealed for air. The rock reef was cleared away from the starboard side of the barge and a steel patch 110' X 8' was welded on the damaged section. Air fittings were attached to all compartments and the barge was successfully re-floated and towed to Anchorage Alaska. 
S.S. Buckeye State- Grounded in the Columbia River near the mouth of the Willamette River. The vessel was re-floated with the SALVAGE CHIEF using salvage anchors and winches.
S.S. Olympic Pioneer- Grounded in the Columbia River near Willow Bar. The vessel was re-floated with the SALVAGE CHIEF using salvage anchors and winches.
S.S. Yorkmar- Grounded on open beach north of the entrance to Grays Harbor, WA. After laying out three anchors the SALVAGE CHIEF backed into the breakers and put three tow lines on the stranded ship. In spite of heavy seas the vessel was successfully re-floated.
S.S. Venerator- The vessel ran out of fuel outside the Columbia River entrance and dropped both anchors as she was in danger of going ashore due to the adverse weather and sea conditions, wind southwest force of 10. As the SALVAGE CHIEF arrived on scene the ship let go one of her salvage anchors directly ahead of the vessel. Two tow lines were then put on the ship and it was heaved ahead in order to get slack in the anchor chains and allow them to pick their anchors with the little steam the had remaining. After getting her anchors the vessel ran out of fuel. It was towed offshore and then into the Columbia River after the bar moderated.
S.S. Seafair- The vessel ran aground in the Columbia River near St. Helens, OR. The SALVAGE CHIEF successfully re-floated the vessel. 
U.S.N.S.  L.S.T. # 583- The vessel grounded on the jetty at Westport, OR in the Columbia River. When several tugs including one U.S. Navy tug failed in their efforts to re-float the vessel the SALVAGE CHIEF was called to assist. The SALVAGE CHIEF laid out three salvage anchors and put three tow lines on the ship. The vessel was heaved clear of the jetty and then towed to the U.S. Naval Station in Astoria, OR.
Barge Otesega- The barge loaded with 750 tons of U.S. Army bombs en route from Puget Sound to the Columbia River was lost by a tug. The barge drifted ashore ten miles north of the Columbia River entrance. The barge was re-floated and towed into the Columbia River.
Oil barge # 16- The barge loaded with benzol broke away from a tug on the Columbia River bar and drifted through the breakers and went ashore on the Clatsop Spit a noted graveyard for shipwrecks. After laying out anchor the SALVAGE CHIEF went into the surf to put a tow line on the barge and then heaved herself and the barge out of the breakers into deep water.
U.S. Army floating cranes- Re-floated three floating cranes that had broke loose from their moorings at Beaver, OR during a gale and went ashore on Crims Island.
F. V. Flora- The vessel sank in the Columbia River bar due to faulty steering gear. The SALVAGE CHIEF re-floated the vessel over the bow roller of the Chief.
S.S. Massmar- The vessel ran aground in the Columbia River below Astoria, OR. was successfully re-floated and returned to the owner.
Log Barge # 530: The self dumping log barge went ashore on the open beach at Seaside, OR. It took 3400 feet of cable to reach the barge from a position where it was safe for the SALVAGE CHIEF to lay at anchor.
U. S. N. S. Gen. C.H. Muir: The C-4 troop transport was in tow of the U.S. Nay tug Badgeduce that took a shear and went aground in the Columbia River off Point Adams. The riding crew had let go of one anchor. Upon arrival the SALVAGE CHIEF furnished D.C. power to heave the ships anchor, re-floated the ship and towed her to the Port Docks at Astoria, OR.
S.S. Ocean Lotte: The vessel loaded with bulk sulfur went aground just inside the Grays Harbor entrance. After all the local tugs had failed to re-float the vessel the SALVAGE CHIEF was called to assist and the vessel was successfully re-floated.
U. S. N. S. Mission San Fernando- The T-2 tanker was a mothballed U.S. Naval vessel in tow of a U.S. Nay Tug with a riding crew aboard. The tug parted her tow line and the ship let go her anchor in 340 feet of water off Cape Falcon on the Oregon Coast. The SALVAGE CHIEF recovered the tugs tow line, anchor and chain and took the ship in tow to Portland, OR. 
S.S. Santa Adela- The vessel ran aground fully loaded just below Astoria, OR in the Columbia River. At high tide she had a loss of mean draft of 4' 6". By using three salvage anchors, six salvage winches and two other tugs to sour sand from around the vessel the SALVAGE CHIEF re-floated the vessel without discharging any cargo. 
M/V Francisville- The vessel ran aground on Puget Island in the Columbia River. It was necessary for the SALVAGE CHIEF to use salvage anchors and six winches to re-float the vessel.
M/V Nozima Maru- This Japanese troop transport was bombed and beached at Kiska Island in the Aleutians during the last war. The vessel was cut in two between #2 and #3 hold, patched and re-floated. The vessel sank during a storm while under tow near the Japanese coast. The vessel was being towed to Japan for possible repair or scrapping.
Oil tanker F.S. Bryant- The tanker ran aground near Henricci Range in the Columbia River. After re-floating the ship the vessels 7 1/2 shots of chain and a anchor were recovered. 
S.S. Nereide- Re-floated the stranded vessel that ran aground above Tongue Point in the Columbia River.
S.S.W. H. Berg- Re-floated the stranded fully loaded vessel off of Tongue Point in the Columbia River. The SALVAGE CHIEF laid out two anchors across the channel and heaved the tanker afloat. Without this equipment it would have been necessary to lighten the tanker into barge.
Barge Wainaku- This loaded lumber barge drifted ashore on the Oregon Coast and came to rest on the south side of the south jetty at Siuslaw River. The tug towing the barge sank on the bar. The barge was holed in two compartments from striking the rock jetty. After patching and pumping the barge was re-floated and towed to Coos Bay, OR.
M/S Varda- The stranded vessel was re-floated at Three Tree Point in the Columbia River.
Purse Siner Cape Douglas- The sunken vessel was located with a Minneapolis Honeywell Sea Scanner aboard the SALVAGE CHIEF and was successfully raised.  The vessel had been scuttled in 660 feet of water in the Puget Sound. 
S.S. Lipari- The liberty ship went aground on the Washington Cost between Willapa Harbor and Grays Harbor. The vessel was hard aground on the open beach and would have been a total loss. The vessel was successfully re-floated by the SALVAGE CHIEF using her salvage anchors backed into the heavy surf, secured lines to the ship and pulled her clear of the beach.
S.S. Silla- Towed from 1,000 miles off the Oregon Coast to San Francisco, CA. The vessel developed a crack across her deck by way of # 3 hold and called for assistance. Upon arriving at the vessels position repair material consisting of oxygen, acetylene, steel angles, nuts, bolts, wire cable, cable clamps, large turnbuckles, chain and shackles were transferred to the ship. The hatch beams and angle irons were bolted across the crack. Chain and cable was tightened between the forward and aft part of the vessel. To ease the strain on the facture the SALVAGE CHIEF'S tow line was rigged so it lead through the bow chock then clear to the stern of the disabled vessel. After repairs were completed the vessel was towed to San Francisco in very stormy seas.
S.S. James Moore- This vessel was heavily loaded with scrap iron and went aground at the pier where it was being loaded. The SALVAGE CHIEF successfully re-floated the vessel after efforts of local tugs failed.
SALVAGE CHIEF chartered out to tow to Japan, Wake Island, Honolulu and Alaska including the Artic Ocean. The tows included a Aircraft Carrier from Seattle to Osaka, Japan, a tandem two of two liberty ships to Wake Island and a tandem tow of barges to Barter Island.
S.S. Cicksaw- This vessel went ashore on the outside of Santa Rosa Island CA. while inbound from the far east. The vessel was loaded with general cargo insured for approximately $1,500,000.00. Utilizing a high line from the SALVAGE CHIEF to the ship, the bulk of the cargo was unloaded on barges and delivered to the Los Angeles Harbor.
S.S. White Cloud- The vessel loaded with lumber and stranded just inside the entrance with a considerable loss of draft, went aground at Hum bolt Bay, CA. After all local tugs including a 3200 horsepower one failed to free the vessel the SALVAGE CHIEF was called in to assist. The ship could not use its own engine. The SALVAGE CHIEF put out three 6 ton salvage anchors and put three tow lines on the ship. The vessel was successfully re-floated and towed to a dock at Eureka, CA.
Crane barge Umpqua Seal and Barge Umpqua # 4- The barges had gone ashore during a gale on the upper end of the Clatsop Spit and were successfully re-floated.
L.S.T. 628- Went along the barge which was in a sinking condition at Astoria and had only 18 " of freeboard at the stern. The crew rigged 7 electric submersible pumps and pumped out the barge.
Installation of ocean outfall- Installed ocean outfall line for International Paper Co. just north of Umpqua River, OR. The outfall line was a 44' O.D. pipe 3000 feet long. Before pulling pipe it was necessary to excavate the ocean floor in order to cut down the sand bars and get it to grade. To make it possible to dredge in the surf area a slip stream diverter was installed on the stern of the SALVAGE CHIEF. This device diverted the wheel wash in a downward direction. All the excavation was done with the ships propellers. The method was very successful and in order to get close to the beach a trench had to be dredged prior to the SALVAGE CHIEF backing in. After dredging the area to grade the outfall line was pulled out and anchored in position with two anchors.
Barge Lumberjack- Re-floated 2/3 of the barge off the south jetty at Hum bolt Bay, CA. The barge later had to be sunk by gun fore due to the draft being to deep to enter the harbor. Damaged compartments caused the barge to settle by the stern.
M.S. Elin- Re-floated the Greek vessel off the ocean beach just north of Pt. Arguello, CA. The SALVAGE CHIEF was called after other salvage vessels had failed in a week to re-float the vessel. The vessel was re-floated the same day the SALVAGE CHIEF arrived and set out her salvage anchors and put a tow line on the ship.
S.S. Edgar Luckenback- The vessel was successfully re-floated after running aground in the Westport slough of the Columbia River.
Barge Cedar- Re-floated the fully loaded lumber barge which had gone aground on the south jetty at Bandon, OR. Rocks and a old ship wreck had caused extensive bottom damage to the barge. After getting the barge into the harbor it was necessary to discharge the cargo and pipe all compartments for air. The vessel was then towed to Portland with a riding crew aboard.
S.S. Irini Stefanou- The vessel fully loaded with lumber was hard aground on San Benitio Island, Mexico. Upon arriving at the scene it was found that #1, #2, # 3, engine room and shaft alley were flooded. All compartments were dewatered except # 1 hold. The vessel was then re-floated and towed stern first to San Pedro, CA.
Barge Bandon- The chip barge capsized in Yaquina Bay, OR. Upon arriving at the scene it was found the barge capsized and run aground sitting on the cargo bin. The cargo bin was cut off and the barge was righted. Ships divers cut the cargo bin in sections and removed it from the navigable waters. 
Barge ST # 2- Righted the capsized chip barge at Rainer, OR. Air fittings were installed on 8 compartments for blowing.
S.S. Robin Kirk- Re-floated the stranded vessel aground off Westport, OR. Three salvage anchors and two lines were necessary to re-float vessel.
Towed 5 barges in tandem from Oakland, CA. to Vung Tau, South Viet Nam.
F/V Ida Marie- Re-floated the stranded fishing vessel which was aground near Cape Falcon on the Oregon Coast.
Installed ocean outfall for Crown Simpson Paper Co. at Samoa, Ca. This outfall was a 44" O.D. line 3000 feet long. After outfall was in position divers opened the diffusers and installed two anchors.
Barge ZB-204- Proceeded to sea to the capsized barge ZB-204. Upon arriving on the scene our driver surveyed the barge and found 10 steel caissons plus other cargo still remained on the barge. The barge was towed into the river where wire lashings and turnbuckles were installed to keep the cargo from falling off while towing to Portland.  Air fittings were installed to blow flooded compartments. A pile driver lead had to be cut off underwater and removed to reduce the draft. Upon arriving in Portland 12 winches were installed on the bottom of the barge and the caissons were lowered clear one at a time. The caissons run from 6' X 95' to 10' c 126'. After discharging the cargo the barge was righted.
S.S. Steel Flyer- Re-floated the vessel that had run aground near Westport, OR.
M/V Captaynnis S.- Re-floated the fully loaded Greek vessel hard aground in the breakers on Clatsop Spit at the entrance to the Columbia River. The crew had been removed by Coast Guard Helicopter.
Barge Koko Head- Re-floated the lumber barge off the ocean beach on the California Coast south of Hum bolt Bay. This is one of the worlds largest lumber barges.
Installed a second ocean outfall line for Simpson Paper Co. at Samoa, CA. This line was a 44" O.D. pipe 3000 feet long. The line was pulled from shore seaward and then anchored.
S.S. Seatrain Maine- Re-floated the vessel aground off Pt. Adams in the lower Columbia River. Salvage anchors and winches were necessary to re-float the vessel.
Barge Kevalaska- Proceeded to Yakutat, Alaska and re-floated the stranded barge aground on the ocean beach at Dangerous River.
Shokai Maru- Re-floated the fully loaded log ship aground in Grays Harbor, WA. during a heavy snow storm. It was necessary to use three 6 ton salvage anchors and the salvage winches aboard the M.V. SALVAGE CHIEF.
U. S. N. Crane Barge- This barge was new and still under construction at the shipyard in Portland, OR. The barge broke loose and slid down the ways partially launching herself. The ways were severely damaged causing the barge to be hard aground. Two lines and two 6 ton salvage anchors were necessary to float the barge.
Barge CCM # 21- This capsized barge was equipped with a large hopper. The barge was righted without damaging the hopper. A system of gallows frames, 20 ton concrete blocks and par buckling lines were used to right the barge. 
M/V Paragon- The vessel went aground in Grays Harbor, WA. After four local tugs failed to re-float the vessel the SALVAGE CHIEF was called. The SALVAGE CHIEF successfully re-floated the vessel using two tow lines and three anchor winches with three 6 ton salvage anchors. After the vessel was re-floated it was tow to Portland, OR for dry-docking.
Cargo barge V.T. 150- This Canadian cargo barge loaded with construction material and equipment broke loose from a tug and went ashore on the Washington Coast near Taholah, WA. Due to an outlying reef it was necessary to run a tow line 6,800 feet long with the assistance of a heavy lift capacity helicopter.
Hydro-Train barge Cordova: The 400'  barge carrying 40 fully loaded rail cars went ashore on the Alaskan Coast near Yakutat after a tug towing it sank in the Gulf of Alaska. Using all six salvage winches and three 6 ton anchors the SALVAGE CHIEF successfully re-floated the barge and towed it to Whitter, Alaska for discharge and then to Seattle for repairs.
Freighter Don Jose Figueras- The 500' four hold Philippine freighter, fully loaded caught fire 540 miles west of the Oregon Coast. Before abandoning the vessel the crew attempted to put out the fire by flooding #3 and #4 holds. The SALVAGE CHIEF arrived and the vessel was still burning and listing 32 1/2 degrees to starboard. The vessel was in imminent danger of sinking as the engine room progressively flooded thru the burnt out portholes on the low side. After patching, pumping and securing all openings the vessel was towed to Port Angeles, WA. At Port Angeles the salvage crew extinguished the fire, removed all damaged cargo and debris, dewatered the vessel and preserved all machinery. The vessel was then towed to Seattle, WA.
Barge VT # 152- The Canadian barge was lost at sea by a tug during heavy weather along the Washington Coast. The SALVAGE CHIEF arrived with a helicopter aboard. The barge was recovered using two men with a portable winch put aboard by helicopter and a tow line connected in spite of heavy seas.
Vessel Theresa Lee- The 180' crab and processing vessel stranded on the rocks at high water on outer Iliasik Island, Alaska while traveling at full speed. The vessel was fully loaded with a cargo of frozen crab valued at approximately $500,000. Our salvage master and a diver flew to the scene to evaluate the situation. The SALVAGE CHIEF was called to the scene and successfully re-floated the vessel and towed it to Seattle, WA. 
Oil Tanker F.S. Bryant- The fully loaded tanker ran aground at buoy # 54 in the Columbia River with a considerable loss of draft. The SALVAGE CHIEF re-floated the vessel without discharging cargo using three salvage anchors and two tow lines.
U. S. C. G.  Buoy Tender Cactus- The 180' vessel stranded on the submerged portion of the rock south jetty at Grays Harbor, WA. The two cargo holds were ruptured and tidal, plus the engine room was holed and taking water. The main engines were inoperative due to shaft misalignment and a badly damaged propeller. A truck loaded with specialized equipment was dispatched from the SALVAGE CHIEF before sailing. Our salvage master and crew flew to the scene on chartered aircraft. Although the vessel was in critical condition and in imminent danger of capsizing it was successfully re-floated by using air and was towed to Seattle, WA. 
M.S. Meiten Maru- The Japanese vessel with a full load of logs ran aground just inside of the Grays Harbor bar. The vessel was aground in a exposed position with very little protection from the ocean swells. The SALVAGE CHIEF was called after all local tugs failed to re-float the vessel. With the SALVAGE CHIEFS heavy ground tackle and winches the vessel was successfully re-floated.
M.S. Oji Maru: The fully loaded chip ship was blown aground during a storm at the Astoria, OR anchorage. Using heavy ground tackle the SALVAGE CHIEF heaved the vessel out into the channel during gale force winds.
Installed ocean outfall at Coos Bay, Or. The outfall was 38" O.D. and extended 4640' out into the Pacific. The SALVAGE CHIEF dredged a trench into the beach using a slip stream diverter which directed the vessels prop wash down prior to pulling pipe.
Liberty Manufacturer- The fully loaded freighter was stranded full speed at nearly high water near the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor. The vessel came to rest straddling two parallel rock reefs. Our divers found all double bottom tanks ruptured and all five holds were making water. It was necessary for our drivers to do extensive underwater patching. The SALVAGE CHIEF rigged to exert a pull in excess of 550 tons. Using a heavy lift helicopter to discharge 800 tons of cargo. The vessel was successfully re-floated and delivered to Los Angeles. All oil was contained in a boom and cleaned up with a skimmer.
Cargo barge # 37- The steel cargo barge sank at terminal # 2 Portland, OR trapping the Norwegian M.V. Turandot in the slip. The SALVAGE CHIEF utilizing her great tractive force was able to bodily drag the barge on the river bottom, clearing a passage so the ship could sail. The barge was then re-floated.
M.V. Shane- The vessel sank at her moorage in Astoria, OR. and was successfully re-floated.
Cargo barge ATB # 99- The cargo barge was stranded at Kauai Island, Hawaii the barge was successfully re-floated. After discharging cargo and temporary repairs were completed the barge was towed to Portland, OR.
Barge D.T. # 160- The barge was hard aground and wedged in rocks on Whidby Island, WA. The SALVAGE CHIEF successfully re-floated the barge.
Tug Ruby IX- The tug sank between Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, WA. It was re-floated by the SALVAGE CHIEF and towed upside down to Grays Harbor then righted and pumped out.
F/V Lady Alice- The vessel was sinking near the Columbia River L.S. The vessel sank while under tow. The SALVAGE CHIEF towed the submerged vessel to Astoria, OR were it was re-floated.
Barge Pac # 550-The grain barge capsized at Pasco, WA. The SALVAGE CHIEF righted and dewatered the vessel.
Dredge Mayaqui- The SALVAGE CHIEF re-floated the sank suction dredge in the channel of the harbor jetties at Puerto Madera, Mexico.
George Ferris- The oil drilling platform was unable to jack itself down due to malfunction of the jacking system at Cook Inlet, Alaska. Due to the heavy ice in Cook Inlet the SALVAGE CHIEF anchored with salvage anchors and held the rig in strong current after explosive charges were used to drop the platform at high water. The four legs were pinned and the vessel was towed to Homer, Alaska for extensive repairs.
Cargo Barge 413- Recovered the fully loaded cargo barge that had broke loose from anchorage at Port Clarence, Alaska and prevented it from going ashore. 
Cargo barge 410- The fully loaded cargo barge ran hard aground near Wainwright, Alaska in the Chukchi Sea. The cargo barge loaded with equipment and machinery for Prudhoe Bay, Alaska was successfully re-floated.
Cargo barge 211- The SALVAGE CHIEF successfully re-floated the damaged cargo barge fully loaded with electric switching and sub-station for Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The cargo barge was hard aground near Wainright, Alaska.  
Cargo barge 414- After extensive diving operations, the SALVAGE CHIEF successfully re-floated the cargo barge fully loaded with base camp and other equipment for Atlantic Richfield at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The barge was severely damaged by ice and sunk just north of Wainright in the Chukchi Sea. The barge was towed south to Escholt, Bay where the cargo was transferred to another barge and then the vessel was towed to Portland for repairs.
SS Eurypylis- The derelict vessel had caught fire and was abandoned by her crew approximately 500 miles off the Mexican Coast. The SALVAGE CHIEF put a salvage crew on board to fight the fire, the vessel was then towed to Los Angeles, CA. The cargo in #1 and #2 holds was undamaged. 
Cargo barge Marine Flasher- The cargo barge had gone aground and was holed by rocks behind Kayak Island, Alaska after being lost by at tug in the Gulf of Alaska. The vessel was patched, pressurized, dewatered and successfully re-floated.
Barge Griffco: The rail car barge hard aground on open ocean beach at Pt. Manby near Yakutat, Alaska was successfully re-floated.
The SALVAGE CHIEF dredged the Chinook, WA harbor using the prop wash method.
Jack-up oil drilling platform George Ferris- The SALVAGE CHIEF proceed to Homer, Alaska and re-floated the sunken jack-up oil drilling platform. The platform was submerged at high water with all four legs deeply embedded in glacial silt. The vessels jacks were unable to extract the legs and two of the legs were broken during the attempt. This caused the platform to be stranded below the high water level. To re-float the vessel it was necessary to set explosive charge and cut all four legs simultaneously allowing it to re-float after which it was winched clear of the severed legs. Before setting off the charge extensive diving operations were necessary to construct blast shields in order to minimize damage to sea-life in the area.
The SALVAGE CHIEF was engaged in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska supply convoy. During this period the vessel towed a loaded barge from Seattle to Point Barrow then returned to Port Clarence, Alaska where it set up anchors and mooring buoys. It also served as a repair ship for the returning tug and barge flotilla. Part of this fleet had been trapped in the ice all winter and had suffered considerable ice damage. The ships crew completed repairs both top-side and underwater on 20 barges.
Tanker Sansinea- The Liberian tanker exploded, burned, and sank at berth # 46, Los Angeles, CA. The SALVAGE CHIEF and our salvage crew was dispatched to undertake this major harbor clearance task. The principle characteristics of the wreck were length overall 810', breadth 10' and depth 60'. The vessels extreme bow section was severed from the wreckage and after extensive patching was re-floated and towed away. The stern section was also severed at the engine room bulkhead. This bulkhead also required extensive underwater patching before dewatering and re-floating. The mid-body or cargo tank area was cut into 39 sections by divers using the oxy-arc method. The average lift was 188 tons with the heaviest lift being close to 300 tons. A floating crane was especially assembled for this one job. The availability of a 200' X 100' X 12' barge made this possible. A 4100 W Manitowac ringer crane was installed on this barge. A total of 16,414 long tons of steel was removed during this harbor clearance task, also approximately 30,000 bbls of bunker oil was removed from the wreckage and the bottom of the harbor. The entire task was completed in 104 working days.
The SALVAGE CHIEF anchored offshore pulled 2,475' of 16" outfall line seaward for a community sewage treatment plant at Oceanside, OR.
Dredge Biddle- The dredge had been involved in a collision at the Columbia River bar. The SALVAGE CHIEF was able to keep the dredge was sinking with salvage crew using 10-3" pumps and 5-4" pumps with suction hose put aboard by helicopter. The vessel was safely delivered to the dry-dock in Portland, OR.
Barge Norton Sound- The barge was blown ashore inside a lagoon in the Bering Sea just north of Cold Bay, Alaska which was to shallow for the SALVAGE CHIEF to enter. The barge also drifted behind a sand bar making it necessary to lay Kedging anchors with a helicopter. The salvage crew using a winch drum on one of the onboard cranes winched the barge out from behind the sand bar so a tow line could be connected from the SALVAGE CHIEF, A helicopter flew a total of 7,900' of messenger line to the barge, the same amount of 10" nylon and 1 3/4" wire cable to connect up. The barge was then safely winched to sea. 
Cargo barge Galena- The deck cargo barge was blown high and dry on Operl Island in the Bering Sea just north of Cold Bay, Alaska. The barge was successfully re-floated by the SALVAGE CHIEF using its tremendous winching power. Some sand outside of the barge had to be excavated using a drag line bucket and a crane aboard the barge.
Passenger ship Glacier Queen- Re-floated the passenger ship that sank in 55' of water at Seldovia, Alaska. The vessel had to be re-floated and towed to sea to prevent a continuing oil pollution source. This salvage operation was conducted for the Supervisor of Salvage, U.S. Navy. The vessel displaced 1700 tons and was 252' X 36'. Diving operations continued unbroken by cold, fatigue or foul weather for 49 days. The water temperature was 36 degrees. More than 200 patches were installed by four divers working 6 1/2 to 8 hours per day. After re-floating the vessel, explosive charge were placed in various compartments prior to towing it to a disposal area in the Gulf of Alaska where it was scuttled in 2000 fathoms of water.
Barge Ultra Processor- Re-floated the stranded non-propelled fish processing barge that had dragged anchors during storm and went ashore on a rocky ledge on Summit Island located in the Bering Sea. A cargo plane was chartered to fly a salvage crew, 6 tons of salvage equipment and material to Dillingham, Alaska then by power scow to the stranding site. The  fish processing barge had been on its maiden voyage at the time of the mishap. After the salvage crew prepared the vessel, The SALVAGE CHIEF was able to successfully re-float the barge and safely deliver it to a shipyard in Vancouver B.C. where it was repaired and put back into service.
F/V Collier Bros- The 90' steel fishing vessel was winched off the open  beach near Waldport, OR using the SALVAGE CHIEFS grounded tackle and salvage winches and then towed to Newport, OR.
Oil carrier Lee Wang Zin-The SALVAGE CHIEF proceeded to Dixons Entrance in Alaska and took in tow the capsized iron ore carrier. The vessel had capsized during a winter storm and was floating upside down and leaking oil. The entire ships crew had been lost. A helicopter was used to put personnel on the fishing hulk and  clover leaf pattern holes were cut in the bulbous bow so chain bridles could be locked in place. The vessel was then towed to deep water and sank. 
Freighter # 4- The vessel had lost both her anchors and was disabled off Astoria, OR. It was necessary for the SALVAGE CHIEF to hold her at the anchorage with her salvage anchors. After the vessel was successfully re-floated it was towed to Portland, OR.
Freighter Ypatoa Holcoissi- The vessel had struck a rock flooding the #1 hold off Warrior Rock in the Columbia River. The SALVAGE CHIEF ran both of the stranded ship's anchors upstream, then went alongside to dewater the #1 hold. A raft was constructed in the #1 hold for a pumping platform. After dewatering and re-floating the vessel, it was then towed to the dry dock in Portland, OR.
Artic Wind- Re-floated the 123' King Crab vessel at Kalekta Bay, Alaska. The new vessel had run aground doing considerable damage to the hull. While en-route to Dutch Harbor, it sank in 150' of water. Using a combination of 30 airlift bags and the winching capacity of the SALVAGE CHIEF, the vessel was lifted and shifted into shallower water for the final re-floating operation. An airlift was used to remove 55,00 dead King Crab. After re-floating, the machinery was preserved, then the vessel was towed to Seattle, WA for repair
Crane barge Norsemen- Using the SALVAGE CHIEFS salvage anchors and winches, par buckled and righted the capsized crane barge in the Columbia River near  Skamikowa, WA.
Barge Tazlina- The deck cargo barge loaded with containers had been lost by a tug during a storm and had gone hard aground near Cape Yakataga, Alaska. The SALVAGE CHIEF set three salvage anchors and backed into the surf where a helicopter flew the end of a tow line to the barge. In a matter of two hours the SALVAGE CHIEF had the vessel afloat and was proceeding to sea. The vessel and cargo was safely delivered to Seattle, WA.
Container ship Concord- The SALVAGE CHIEF saved the seven month old container ship from the brink of disaster on the Columbia River bar. The vessel had taken water on her stern flooding out her main switch board, causing the vessel to be dead in the water. The ship drifted precariously close to a line of breakers on the Clatsop Spit. A salvage crew was put aboard by helicopter and the SALVAGE CHIEF attached a tow line by using an endless line to her own capstan. The SALVAGE CHIEF then proceeded 2200' out in the channel and let go a 6 ton salvage anchor. The vessel was winched to safety and towed to Portland, OR.
M/V Protector Alpha- Extinguished fire aboard the vessel at Deer Island in the Columbia River. The fire was contained in the superstructure and engine room. A total of 1,980 gallons of foam was used to extinguish the fire. The engine room was dewatered and the vessel was towed to Portland, OR
M/V Ocean Beauty- The vessel ran aground and holed in four D.B. tanks and engine off Three Tree Pt. in the Columbia River. Upon arriving to the scene the SALVAGE CHIEF re-floated the vessel, hydraulic pumps were installed in the engine room, divers survey the hull, patched damage in the engine room, recovered anchor and chain and the towed the vessel to Portland, OR.
Barge # 420- The 400' barge had been lost by a tug. The barge fully loaded with containers was recovered by the SALVAGE CHIEF under very adverse sea and weather conditions close to the beach off Gray's Harbor, WA. after sea conditions abated a transfer was made to the tug off Destruction Island on the WA coast.
Crane barge Betty L- The crane barge anchors lines parted during a severe storm driving her hard aground on the beach just south of the San Francisco Bay entrance. The vessel was successfully re-floated using the SALVAGE CHIEF'S heavy ground tackle and salvage winches. It was then delivered to a shipyard in San Francisco, CA. 
M. S.  President Macapagal- The vessel fully loaded with grain had gone aground from the bow to #5 hold losing four feet of draft fwd. at high water below Ft. Stevens WA. After tugs failed to re-float the vessel the SALVAGE CHIEF using three 6 ton salvage anchors and five salvage winches the vessel was re-floated without discharging the cargo. A diving survey was conducted after the vessel was afloat.
Barge Seaspan Rigger- The 390' self loading self dumping log barge had gone hard aground on rocks at Edward King Island near Vancouver Island, B.C. The vessel had broken its back making it into two sections. All compartments were plumbed for air. By using her six winches and three 6 ton anchors the SALVAGE CHIEF was successful in re-floating both the bow and the stern sections. The two sections were patched, made seaworthy as possible for a sea voyage and delivered to Esquimalt, B.C. A four man riding crew were kept aboard to maintain air pressure.
Tanker SS Mobil Oil- The tanker ran aground on a rock pinnacle at Warrior Rock in the Columbia River. The vessel loaded with industrial grade crude oil ruptured number 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 starboard tanks and damaged cargo transfer suction lines. All crude oil was pumped and transferred to barges. The SALVAGE CHIEF ran the ships anchor upstream plus its own three 6-ton Eells anchors to hold the vessel. After re-floating the vessel the SALVAGE CHIEF recovered the tankers anchor and 10 shots of chain.
Crane Barge Jan B- The crane barge was lost by a tug and went ashore among rock pinnacles behind Destruction Island on the Washington coast. When the SALVAGE CHIEF arrived on scene and anchored off shore a helicopter flew a 6000' 10" nylon hawser to the stranded vessel. After the salvage crew plumbed all the damaged compartments for air the vessel was winched offshore through numerous rock obstructions. The helicopter was used to help guide the vessel clear of the rocks. The vessel was safely delivered to a shipyard in Seattle WA. 
Tug Martha- The tug parted her tow line losing two barges. The SALVAGE CHIEF proceeded to the scene and successfully recovered two barges during the rough sea conditions. After splicing a new eye in the parted two line it was passed back to one of the tugs.
Tug Marine Explorer- The fully loaded oil barge in tow was standing on end due to flooding in the stern rake tank off the Shumagin Islands in Alaska. The tug was making no head way due to adverse weather and sea conditions. Upon arriving the SALVAGE CHIEF water, lube oil and other supplies were transferred to the tug. The barge was then shelled at scuttled at sea. 
V. L. C. C. Exxon Valdez- The vessel ran aground on Bligh Reed in Prince William Sound, Alaska causing the nations biggest oil spill. Our company flew drivers and salvage equipment to the scene immediately. The salvage equipment included high volume low pressure blowers with hoses and fittings to be used with the vessel's inert gas system to pressurize all damaged cargo tanks. The SALVAGE CHIEF was dispatched to be used as a dive platform and repair facility. Our salvage team assisted in re-floating and preparing the vessel for the 2500 mile voyage to dry-dock. The underwater work included drilling several hundred 1 1/2" crack arrester holes and cutting off all of the steel plate that was hanging below the bottom. A remote operated vehicle was used to survey and video record the entire bottom. During transit to the dry-dock the SALVAGE CHIEF served as a rescue escort vessel with a helicopter aboard to transport personnel and equipment. FDD&S divers were part of the riding crew in charge of monitoring and maintaining the proper air pressure that kept the vessel afloat. 
F/V Miss Angel- The vessel grounded south of Tillamook Oregon. Upon arrival the SALVAGE CHIEF anchors were set, towlines attached and the stranded vessel was winched to safety through rough surf. The vessel was towed to Astoria for repairs.
M/S Milos Reefer- The SALVAGE CHIEF was hired by P & I underwriters to proceed to St. Mathew Island, Alaska (a National Wildlife Refuge) to remove all the bunkers and other hazardous materials remaining on board the stranded vessel. Portable boilers and special pumps were required to remove the heavy bunkers as the sea water temperature was 35 degree F. The engine room was flooded and frozen into a solid block. A total of 130,000 gallons of petroleum products were successfully pumped out and all other hazardous material removed. 
F/V Trial- The crabber was a total loss on the North Jetty of Grays Harbor, WA. The vessel was winched off the rock jetty by the SALVAGE CHIEF and scuttled.
Barge Cascades- A Chinese bulk carrier collided with the barge Cascades off the entrance to the Columbia River. The fully loaded oil barge was being towed by the Foss tug Fairwind. The bow of the oil barge was extensively damaged but no oil was spilled. The SALVAGE CHIEF was dispatched to assist and escort the damaged barge to the port of Astoria.
Tanker Keystone Canyon- The tanker parted it's mooring line in 50+ knot winds while moored at Pier I Port of Astoria. The ship grounded on the north side of the shipping channel after the vessels bow struck the Astoria-Megler Bridge closing the bridge to vehicle traffic. The SALVAGE CHIEF responded by deploying three salvage anchors and two tow lines. With the assistance of numerous tugs the SALVAGE CHIEF winched the ship clear of the bridge and was re-floated.
F/V Ann Kathleen- The crab boat ran aground at Klipsan Beach, WA while retrieving crab pots. The SALVAGE CHIEF used two six ton anchors and a 2000' nylon towline to remove the crabber from the beach. The vessel was towed to Aberdeen, WA for repairs.
Barge ZB304- The cargo barge parted its towline and grounded in heavy weather at the Alsek River near Yakutat, AK. The SALVAGE CHIEF responded from Astoria, OR. After transferring salvage gear via helicopter the SALVAGE CHIEF deployed 3-six ton salvage anchors and two tow lines to the stranded barge. A helicopter was utilized to fly the tow lines to the barge. The first attempt to re-float the barge failed when the SALVAGE CHIEF parted it's starboard anchor. The following day the SALVAGE CHIEF crew deployed a spar 6 ton anchor and added an additional 9 1/2" poly tow line. During high tide the foundering barge was re-floated and towed to Yakutat, AK. The cargo was transferred to a second barge and towed to its destination by Dunlap Towing. The barge was declared a total loss but $3 million plus cargo and equipment was salvaged.
Sand Dredge Bell 157- The sand dredge loaded with sand sank in San Pablo Bay, CA. Two crewman working below perished during the sinking. With the aid of two heavy lift crane barges and 38 - 9 ton lift bags the SALVAGE CHIEF winched the 200' barge approximately 2000 yards across the bay into 17' of water at mean low tide. During low water the salvage crew commenced pumping and re-floated the barge. Due to the age of the hull, it was declared a total loss and scraped.
Barge Alaska- The barge grounded loaded with 12,500 tons of urea fertilizer in the Columbia River near Young's Bay. After several attempts to free the barge with tugs, the SALVAGE CHIEF was called to assist. After scouring mud from around the stranded barge, three six ton anchors and two lines were used to re-float the barge. 
Wood chip carrier New Carissa- The 600' wood chip carrier ran aground 150 yards offshore Coos Bay, OR. Ongoing project.
F/V Blue Heather- The 68' crabbing boat rammed into the jetty, rolled and sank on the North Jetty at Yaquina Bay. Our diving crew secured cables to lift the sunken vessel using a crane barge. The skipper and a crew member perished in the sinking. After the vessel was lifted at direction of our salvage master the crew pumped off the remaining 1900 gallons of diesel fuel and the water in the hull. It was a total loss and to be scrapped.
F/V Czarina- The vessel ran aground just north of Twin Harbors State Park near Grayland, North of Browns Point, WA. The tank crabber was successfully re-floated with the assistance of helicopter and tug and returned to owner.
Flat Barge BB1- The vessel went aground at the Port of Longview, WA. The vessel was patched, pumped and successfully re-floated at the direction of Mick Leitz salvage master and towed to a shipyard in Rainer, OR.
BMC45-The vessel capsized and sank at Kennewick, WA in  the Columbia River, it was at the direction of our salvage master successfully pumped, re-floated and returned to owners.
D/B Paula Lee- The derrick barge beached at Ocean Shores, WA. After the barge was patched and pumped out, with the assistance of a helicopter and tug  the barge was successfully re-floated and returned to its owner.
F/V Nita H- The 97' fishing vessel ran aground in Monterey Bay, CA. After several failed attempts by a tug to re-float the boat the SALVAGE CHIEF responded and successfully re-floated the vessel and towed it to San Francisco for repairs.
F/V Chelsea- The shrimp boat ran aground at Newport, OR. After diesel, hydraulic and lubricating oil was pumped out of the vessel and leaks patched, a 10" tow line was attached to the boats stern with assistance of a  helicopter the line was ferried from the beach to the assisting tug about at half mile off shore. The vessel was re-floated and towed upriver to Toledo for repairs.
Crane barge Wyatt Earp- Current project