KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted to approve an agreement between the borough, the volunteer Ketchikan Maritime Education Committee and the school district to provide for maintenance and operation of the school vessel Jack Cotant.
Borough officials in March considered selling the vessel, used in the district's maritime education program, because it was in poor condition and had not sailed since the 1999-2000 school year.
But several residents, including Carrol Fader, one of the original founders of Ketchikan High School's maritime education program, volunteered to take responsibility for restoring the vessel and make sure it did not fall into a similar state of disrepair.
The high school's maritime education program gives students the chance to work on engines and navigation equipment and learn skills related to maritime careers.
The 45-foot Jack Cotant was built in 1982 for the program and is patterned after a Kodiak seiner, said former teacher Stephen Kinney.
The Ketchikan Maritime Education Committee has worked to get the vessel into the best shape its been in for years because of the volunteers' effort, said Steve Corporon, assistant borough manager. The committee obtained money, equipment, supplies and donated labor to cover items not being funded by the borough, Corporon said.
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