May 7, 2009
Another opening day with better than normal weather; in fact, it did not start raining till late. Capt. Erik, Keegan and John Farrar crewed up the BLUEBERRY, took Erik’s portable barbecue and they went to sea. They had a good time and received an impressive hand salute from the judges during the workboat part of the parade. In fact the BLUEBERRY won the workboat class in 1992 and I received a very nice plaque from the Seattle Yacht Club, everyone gets quite a kick out of our authentic ex- Coast Guard buoy tender. The boys got quite a few pictures and Randy Flodquist emailed a set that he took from the shore, thanks Randy!
Grant is getting the PEGGY ( new name) all fixed up ready for sea. He will station her in Newport, Oregon and will use her up and down the coast as needed although his home is in Depoe Bay. Grant sails under the name Wiggins Towboat.
Lots of pictures when I cleaned out Erik’s camera he had 215 images; way to go Capt Erik. I have been working in the hard drive to my commuter and I think we have stored over 15,000 images and I am in the process of transferring them to other files. Al comes in and regularly puts them on another hard drive that I store away from the office. You sure have to like tugboat pictures to play this game.
Saturday Chuck Fowler, Margie and I will go onboard the steamer VIRGINIA V and try and entertain the onboard crowd with too much information about tugboats. We might even sign – and sell – a few books and of course take a few pictures of the Tug Boat Races. Chuck warned me about all this type of goings-on before we wrote the book Tug Boats on Puget Sound which believe it or not has sold so many copies that I think that it is in its third printing. Last week I couldn’t spell author and this week I are one. Sunday Margie and I will drive to Olympia and sign books with Chuck at the booth for the Sandman Society at the wooden boat show -more fun. When that’s over Margie and I will step aboard the BLUEBERRY and like Jackie Gleason used to say “Away we go”. I hear it rumored that somehow the BLUEBERRY is going to magically appear; a steel tug at a wooden boat show hard to believe, I wonder if they will let her in the bay or if the Chief will get the anchor winch fixed in time ..sounds like a soap opera, more later.
Captain’s Erik and Tom have been busy shifting the Crab Fleet and it’s finally gotten to where the sun is actually out in some of the pictures which I share with you.
RENTAL PROPERTIES & SERVICES WE OFFER:
· Quiet, protected open boat moorage to 70 feet at FREMONT BOAT COMPANY at 206-632-0152.
· Great office space at the O.H. Doc Freeman office building. Water views over our marina on Lake Union. From 750 to 9,500 square feet plus we have single offices! Kitchen, sun deck and conference room. Call Margie at 206-632-0152.
· Tugboat service & barge rentals call Erik or Tom at 206-632-0151 and view our blog at www.fremonttugboat.com and click on ‘newsletter’.
· Single family homes for lease in the North Seattle area call Margie at 206 632 0152 or Erik at 206-632-0151.
· Covered & open boat moorage plus brokerage situation available at DOC’S DOCK on Lake Union. Call Dayle at 206-697-4552.
· Dog walking, Petsitting and Lodging – call Heidi Freeman at Happy Camper Pet Service, 206-784-5291
· New book for sale “TUGBOATS ON PUGET SOUND”. Call 206-632-0152 to buy your signed copy; or pick one up from Fremont Boat Co. at 1059 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103.