The MV Malaspina is named after the Malaspina Glacier, located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the largest piedmont glacier in the world. The vessel was designed by Phillip F. Spaulding and Associates of Seattle, Washington and constructed at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock in Seattle. The MV Malaspina was one of three sister ships that made up the original AMHS fleet in 1963. After nine years in operation, the ship underwent lengthening and renovation at the Willamette Iron and Steel Company in Portland, Oregon. Today, the vessel is 408 feet long and 74 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 2,928 and a service speed of 16.5 knots.