February 15, 2010.
I have been laid up for about a week with a nasty cold; I was trying to get this out last Saturday but went home instead and Margie would not let me out of the house until now. Lucky that I have more than one video to watch so I never get bored. All better now but I am so far behind that I will never get caught up. Just to finish what I have started I have to live to be 108 and by that time I will have lost interest…sad story ?
The towing company has been quite busy assembling all the floats for the Big Seattle Boat Show; that is a pretty intense process that takes a couple of weeks along with trying to fit in your normal customers but the weather has sure been good. El Niño has sure made a warm winter for the tug crews but it’s hell on southern California getting all our storms. The poor Olympics can’t get enough snow or cold and it rained all night just before the grand opening. But we will all suffer for no snow pack – Karnack predicts.
We had a lot of interesting stuff going on as you will see in the picture section including making the Seattle Times with a picture of Capt. Erik towing a log float with huge cedar logs in it. The float came out of water at Seaview East and the lumber will be used in making furniture. The owner has his own portable saw mill, so it will be easier for him to make good use of the wood. Almost like AXE MEN on the TV and the 2 fellows that were getting logs off the bottom of the Hoquiam River. I hear by the grapevine that the DNR was more than a little upset with them but it makes for great viewing. They have escaped down south and are now harvesting logs off the bottom with the aligators.
Our man in Coos Bay, Bob Richardson, sent us several good pictures of tugs and the Coos Bay Bar. You can see it breaking outside the tug in the shallows – wow! great shots Bob; I think he takes part of them out the front window of his and Virginia’s home. Thanks Bob.
Our man in Whidbey Island, Stan Willhight, has sent us another great set of photos. Wonderful shots of the P&T PIONEER and her log tow in the La Conner slough with help of Dunlap’s PULL & BE DAMNED and the SNEE-OOSH. P&T PIONEER was built for Pope & Talbot by Prothero Boat Co. on Lake Union and launched in 1951 and was powered with a 260 horsepower Washington diesel which much later was replaced with a D353 Cat of around 400 H.P. She is alive and well in Canada after being sold at the big auction when Pope & Talbot closed the mill at Port Gamble many years ago. She was supposed to be the successor to Boyer’s SUSAN H but she was never as pretty and had about the same horsepower – in my opinion. Dunlap’s PULL AND BE DAMNED was built in 1971 with 240 hp. by the Skagit Corp. and the SNEE-OOSH was built in 1970 Post Point in Bellingham with a 350 hp Cat.
The pretty NANCY FOSS was launched as the CALCITE in 1907 To keep her upright they lashed a cedar log to each side so that she would not roll over before she got her engine. Jack McCrary told me the story because he was at the launching. She ended her career with a big Cummins Diesel and after Foss sold her someone had let the water-cooled reduction gear freeze up and break and they were running it without cooling. She was called the NANCY BEAR.
The picture of the two tugs laying together sure show the new and the old. The inside tug being the Invader class Crowley boat the CAVALIER and outside is the MARY D HUME who is now bleaching her bones on the Oregon coast at Gold Beach. The photo was taken after Crowley bought American Tug in Everett. Crowley was a Good Samaritan and gave the boat to the Curry County Historical Society because she was built at Gold Beach and someone tried to hoist her out of water and she fell ruining the hull; you can see her from the highway, sunk. No good deed shall go unpunished.
DAPHNE was one of a class of 165 foot Coast Guard Cutters launched in 1932 at Bath Maine with a pair of Winton Diesels totaling 1340 hp. Sold surplus in 1954 she was reengined with a pair of 398 Cats; gad, she was pretty. One of her owners was Pacific Western Lines. I was told she ended up in Mexico.
Stan thanks for all the great tug boat pictures.
Also the new owner of the PATRICIA ANN (ex-LEA MOE) that we found in Astoria sent us a wonderful e-mail. Any one having info or pictures of her can contact him: Jody Rutledge at email@example.com or 645 N. Morgan Street Portland Or. 97103.
A real nice article was published by the Marine News magazine out of New York on our 50 years in business. Thanks Raina.
Send any tugboat photos to me at: 1059 N Northlake Way Seattle, WA 98103. Or firstname.lastname@example.org. FAIRTIDE MARK