M.V. Westward is a classic wooden motor vessel constructed in 1924 in Dockton, Washington. She is 86 feet long, and her beam measures 18 feet 8 inches across. Her draft is 9 feet 5 inches and displacement is 137.5 tons. She is powered by her original four cylinder Atlas Imperial diesel engine which provides 110 h.p. (horsepower) at 325 r.p.m. (revolutions per minute) and gives her a cruising speed of eight knots at 290 r.p.m.. Westward has a fuel capacity of 2,200 gallons for a cruising range of 2,500 nautical miles, and she carries 1,000 gallons of fresh water with a reverse osmosis water maker.
She has a cannery tender type hull and the interior cabin spaces of a yacht, with accommodations for up to 11 passengers and six crew. Her design is significant as a transitional or hybrid form between a traditional work boat and a lighter more elegant leisure boat. Westward is a fully operational motor vessel which retains a high degree of integrity and has been carefully maintained and periodically restored over her 83-year career.