M/V Chugach

M/V Chugach Ranger Boat in icy waters, 1928. M/V Chugach Ranger Boat underway. Forest Service Flag.


The M/V Chugach is a historic ranger boat currently dry-docked in the Wrangell Marine Service Center boat yard, in Wrangell, Alaska. She is the last wooden ranger boat in the U.S. Forest Service fleet. Designed by Seattle-based boat designer, L. H. Coolidge, she launched in Seattle in 1925 and was in service until recently; transporting scientists, government officials, supplies, and guests throughout the areas administered by the Forest Service in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. First based in Cordova, the M/V Chugach was relocated to Petersburg in 1953. She is 62 feet long, 14.5 feet wide, and is estimated to displace 40 tons. The M/V Chugach was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.


Site connection to the National Historic Preservation Act

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and restored and maintained following procedures in Section 106.


MP3 File Logo Site Overview

Read aloud by the Juneau Community Charter School 4/5 grade class.


For more information:

Historic Context and Evaluation of Ranger Boats in Alaska (PDF)

M/V Chugach Brochure (PDF)

From the Archives: Ranger Boat Photos (PDF)

Forest Service Flag History (PDF)

Photo of the blueprints for the M/V Chugach (2.5 mb)

Photo of the M/V Chugach Poster (1.9 mb)

Photo of the M/V Chugach NRHP plaque (2 mb)

Forest Service Seeks Help to Preserve the M/V Chugach Ranger Boat News Release

Ranger Boat Chugach (PDF)

Excerpt from the M/V Chugach National Register of Historic Places Nomination


In early August the M/V Chugach answered a distress call from the M/V Estella adrift in a howling ·storm in Chatham Strait. At least one crew member of the Chugach lost his supper on the storm-tossed waters, but before a heroic rescue could be achieved, the Estella got her motors running again and limped into the Bay of Pillars. 
-from SourDough Notes, August 1956


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