The MV LeConte is named after the LeConte Glacier, located in Southeast Alaska near Petersburg. This is the southernmost tidewater glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The glacier was named for Joseph Le Conte, Professor of Geology at the University of California in 1887. The vessel was designed by Nickum & Spalding Associates of Seattle, Washington and constructed at Peterson Builders, Inc. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1974. The small size of this vessel enables it to provide service to smaller communities along our route. MV LeConte is 235 feet long and 57 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 1,328 and a service speed of 14.5 knots.