Last night, American Safari Cruises Safari Spirit was destroyed by fire as it was docked at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. Two people, including company owner Dan Blanchard and a staff member were sleeping onboard the docked yacht. They both escaped uninjured. Dan contacted the fire department around 1 a.m. to report the fire. By the time the fire department arrived, the ship was completely engulfed in flames. While the 105-foot ship has an aluminum hull and did not sink. However, so much water had to be poured onto the ship, it began to list. Firefighters had to pump water out so they could continue to pour more water on the ship.
The ship was in Seattle, preparing for its Alaska season starting May 11. Booked passengers will be accommodated on other vessels. American Safari Cruises and its parent company, InnerSea Discoveries, operate seven vessels.
It’s unknown if the Safari Spirit can be salvaged. The cruise line has stated the loss likely will total millions of dollars.