September 9, 2013
La Conner is excited as it awaits the arrival of the famous Seattle fireboat ‘AKLI’ later this week! The vessel has been in service for the City of Seattle since it was commissioned in 1927, and was once known as the world’s largest rescue fireboat. The City of Seattle recently sold the vessel at auction, and long-time La Conner residents posted the winning bid.
Ken Gundersen, Ron Rennebohm along with Frontier Ford of Anacortes, were thrilled to acquire the historic vessel, and negotiated arrangements with the Port of Skagit County for moorage in La Conner. In the spirit of the vessel’s historical significance, it will be utilized for festivals, parades and showpiece for both public and private events in the area.
“This is a momentous acquisition for our community,” stated Ken Gundersen yesterday from La Conner. “We endeavor through this purchase, to keep this great Seattle legend in the Pacific Northwest area for future generations to enjoy.” Ken and Ron are successful Skagit County business owners as well as life-long avid boaters.
The ‘ALKI’ is scheduled to be transported from Seattle to La Conner on Friday September 13 leaving Seattle at 7:00 am.