- Lin Combs -


8/05/2007 Dutton in 1976



Dutton in 1976

The second photo with the date and location unknown looks like it may have
been taken not too long after the ship was in for a major refit in 1976 in
Portland Oregon. That refit was the result of hurricane damage that occurred
just as the ship was about to enter the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As I recall
we were planning to be in 3 days early and were instead something like 4 or
5 days late. I recall the rough date since it was at the same time as the
song "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald" came out and we kept changing the
radio station or turning it off altogether. We ported out of Seattle but
because of the severity of the damage we had to pull into Portland for

I was told while we were in the yard that every fore-aft support (the
backbone) had broken in the storm. The main deck cracked during the storm
and we had water coming into one of the staterooms. A forward hatch was also
ripped off and and all of the topside wiring was ripped away.

At any rate, I recall there being a perpetual and noticeable amount of rust
on the paint before the yard work, but due to the repairs and the new paint
job it almost looked like a different ship afterwards from a distance. I
imagine that look was sustained for several years after the refit.