We arrived in Port Angeles the night of the 6th and cleared customs. The next morning we were up bright and early to haul the Swell out of the water. Captain Tim motored us up to the submerged slings of the 330-ton travel lift where the yard crew was ready for us. Amanda, Alex and I manned the lines while the crew at platypus lined us up just so to secure us for lift off.
It was sunny with showers and a rainbow formed behind us as the Swell was lifted, dripping from the water. Slowly, almost imperceptibly she was raised high enough above the ground and the huge wheels on the travel lift started turning. Like the tip of an iceberg the Nautilus Swell has much of her formable bulk below the waterline and I feel as if I have a whole new perspective on the old ship! Slowly with the travel lift chugging along we followed the Swell across the yard toward the commander building, an indoor workshop where the Swell will be wrapped in plastic, tarps and painters tape to emerge at the end of the month like a huge, beautiful wooden butterfly (or just the lovely ship she is).