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CAPTAIN MARK FREEMAN’S “RUDDERLESS” FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2011.

MOORAGE AT THE FREMONT BOAT COMPANY.

OUR NEW LOGO THANKS TO BILL GARDEN AND JOHNNY ADAMS WHO DREW IT.

OLD FERRY "AIRLINE" OUR MOORAGE OFFICE,BOAT SALES,ENGINE SHOP AND HOME CIRCA 1940. THE COAST GUARD TOOK HER FOR A BARRACKS SHIP AT THE START OF WORLD WAR II. WE NOW HAVE A NEWER BUILDING.

We have some moorage space available for year-round boats, easy on and off your boat on nice low floating docks with lots of cleats and our moorage office is on the dock. We have clean restrooms, one with a great shower. We also have free sewage pump outs for non-liveaboard customers through a wonderful service called PumpMeOut!  We have been in business since 1916. Our sailboaters have been having a great time at Duck Dodge this summer, we’ll have to see if they start a winter Duck Dodge this year. See all the pictures on our Facebook site for Fremont Boat. We also have on Facebook Mark Freeman, Fremont Tugboat and Tom Bulson. We  have a few individual offices coming available soon in our on site office building, call Margie at 206-632-0152 or her cell is 206-786-2897 – she’s in charge

WEATHER REPORT FROM YOUR ON THE SCENE REPORTER.

The sun came out just long enough for us to realize that summer had arrived of course it’s now fall – I feel that cold westerly at 0600. Pat was right there are two seasons winter and August, oh well - it’s going to be a super nice fall –  KARNAC predicts.

HERO AWARD FOR SEPTEMBER.

      This months HERO AWARD goes to our own Jake Lindsey more commonly referred to as Iowa Jake. We were down at South Lake Union getting ready for the Boat Show and this fellow makes the bay off a float and Jake pulled him out of the water and up onto the dock. Bravo Zulu Jake. Of course you have to realize that Jake’s got enough horsepower to pull a boxcar out of water!

IOWA JAKE GOING FOR A ROW. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MEETINGS

The new Master Shoreline Program is still progressing but it will be a long haul, both sides so far are still talking.

A BRAND NEW BOOK – “PATROL AND RESCUE BOATS ON PUGET SOUND” BY CHUCK FOWLER AND DAN WITHERS.

FRONT COVER OF THE NEW BOOK SHOWS A 38 FOOT COAST GUARD PICKET BOAT.

 

CG-40501 MARK FREEMAN BM2 RAN HER UP THE COAST FROM GRAYS HARBOR LIFEBOAT STATION FOR PATROL DUTIES AT SEAFAIR IN 1958.

 

PATROL BOATS REVIEW.

Chuck Fowler, who I worked with on the “Tug Boats on Puget Sound” book published last year, has produced another pictorial maritime history volume,”Patrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound,” scheduled for release on December 12, 2011.  His co-author this time is Dan Withers, a Navy Vietnam veteran and president of Combatant Craft of America, a nonprofit patrol boat historical and preservation group.

Among the little-known stories and rare images featured in the book are PT (patrol torpedo) boats operation in Puget Sound during World War II, production of the third largest number of WW II Coast Guard picket boats in the nation by a Kirkland boat builder, development of Bellingham-built Navy river patrol boats and hydrofoil patrol boats by Boeing during the Vietnam era of the 1960′s and 1970′s , and production and operation of Coast Guard fast response boats following the September 11, 2001 homeland terroist attacks. The book’s many dramatic, previously unpublished photos show that Puget Sound-based boat builders and military maritime units have had important roles in the nation’s patrol and rescue boat history.

As a Coast Guard veteran and former patrol boat skipper, I helped Chuck with his research and provided photos from my collection. These included a photo of my 40 foot utility boat, CG-40501, when we were assigned safety patrol duties during the 1958 Gold Cup Race on Lake Washington. This was the famous race when Bill Muncey’s Miss Thriftway collided with another CG 40-footer, sending both boats to the bottom of the lake and narrowly avoiding any deaths or injuries. I buoyed the sinking so that they could find the two boats and then took over the position that the Coast Gaurd 40-boat had maintained and the race went on.  Chuck and Dan’s book features two dramatic photos of this accident, an aerial view taken shortly after the collision and another when the two sunken boats were raised by the well-known Coast Guard buoy tender FIR.

For more information or to pre-order your copy of the “Partrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound” book visit www.arcadiapublishing.com or call their Toll Free Order Line 1-888-313-2665. The book will also be available at many Puget Sound area books stores after December 12th.

                                               Mark Freeman 

USCG "FIR" SALVAGING CG 40 BOAT THAT BILL MUNCEY RAN INTO AND SANK IN THE 1958 RACES.

 I HAVE JUST FINISHED READING “NORTH BY NORTHWESTERN” BY SIG HANSEN. THIS IS THE STORY OF CAPTAIN SIG HANSEN AND HIS LIFE BOTH ON AND OFF FISHBOATS. IT RELATES TO THE TV SHOW “DEADLIEST CATCH” AT ITS BEST. WE COULD ALL PAY ATTENTION TO SIG AND HIS LIFE STYLE. IT IS A PART OF THE NORWEGIAN CULTURE  THAT HARD WORK IS WHAT YOU DO, IT SOLVES A LOT OF PROBLEMS. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR ALL FISHERMEN AND AFTER READING THIS BOOK I HAVE  A GREAT DEAL MORE RESPECT. THIS SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING IN ALL THE SCHOOLS.       MARK FREEMAN.

THE COVER OF SIG'S BOOK.

FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY.

Tom has been building like crazy on the ON-TIME. He has a new midship deck built over the engine; that way you have a nice place to walk and he installed two sets of stairs that he built and Al varnished. He also built a high engine box that will be just right to sit on or use for the bar! He also installed two VHF radios and two bilge blowers and two pilot house doors so we are getting there. We had one small ride just long enough to get a few photos but still have to do the final tune up. Where will the towbit go? Jake and Erik have been helping and I consult. Of course they work on the ON-TIME when they are not towing. They got CSR moved from their site at the old Maritime Shipyard over to Ballard to where SeaView East had their boatyard operation. That involved several trips with our steel barge the “4519″ and a couple of days work towing the steam crane Foss 300 back and forth between the two sites carrying travel lifts and buildings etc.

They sent the “GENERAL LEE” over to Vantage on one of Jack Wolfes trucks so now we have a tug on the Columbia River not too far away from where the “DIXIE” was built on Lake Roosevelt behind Coulee Dam. Erik drove over and got her launched and tied up ready to go to work. It is pretty shallow where she is working so nice that the propeller is inside a cort nozzle. Capt. Erik towed the Steam Crane Foss 300 back from Bremerton with our tug “GRACE”. Foss sure built up some fine little harbor tugs with the GRACE, PEGGY and others, the GRACE has a 60 inch 5 blade propeller and moves things so smoothly. Erik lived up to his nickname …he had her on the “TOWLINE”.

TUGBOAT WANTED

WANT TUGBOAT OR BOOM BOAT BETWEEN 20 AND 30 FEET LONG; ANY CONDITION, CALL CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN AT 206-632-0151 OR E-MAIL HIM AT capteof@aol.com

WANTED:   GRAY MARINE ENGINE NAME PLATES.

CROSSING THE BAR.

WE ALL LOST A GOOD FRIEND WHEN JOY SHREWSBURY PASSED AWAY LAST SUNDAY (9/4/11). SHE LIVED A FULL LIFE HAVING STARTED WESTERN TOWBOAT WITH BOB, HER HUSBAND OF SIXTY YEARS, HAD TWO GREAT SONS, BOB, Jr. (DIANE) AND RIC (THERESA AND FIVE VERY ENJOYABLE NOW GROWN GRANDCHILDREN.  SHE HAD A GREAT TIME BOATING, GOLFING AND TRAVELING – WINNING EVERYONE OVER WITH HER WONDERFUL SMILE.  WE’LL ALL MISS HER.

JOY SHREWSBURY.

 

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE FAIRTIDE MARK.

"JENNIFER H" A BOYER TUG JUST PASSING OUR HOUSEBOAT WITH ONE AHEAD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

WE GOT A SHOT OF THE "ISLAND BREEZE" ON THE WAY TO WORK. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

OUR "MISS BLUE" AKA "TRACEY" REALLY SAVES THE DAY AROUND HERE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. ERIK AND MIKE SHERLOCK MAKING TROUBLE AT THE STILL. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GOOD SAMARITAN CAPT. ERIK HAD JUST GONE UNDER THE FREMONT BRIDGE AND HEARS THIS SAILBOAT CALL THE BRIDGE AND TELL HIM HE JUST LOST POWER AND MAY DRIFT INTO THE BRIDGE. CAPT. ERIK TURNS THE GENERAL LEE AROUND AND SNAKES THE GUY OUT FROM UNDER THE BRIDGE AND DROPS HIM AT MORRISION'S FUEL DOCK AND GOES BACK TO HIS JOB. THEN THE GUY CALLS BRAND X TO TOW HIM BACK TO HIS MOORAGE! NO GOOD DEED SHALL GO UNPUNISHED. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

ON-TIME UNDERWAY OFF CAPE GAS PLANT. MARK, MARGIE AND TOM. JAKE LINDSEY PHOTO.

ON-TIME ON TRIALS. JAKE LINDSEY PHOTO.

BATMAN THE ROAMER AT HOME FOR ONCE. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

RAZZ - HE STAYS AT HOME. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CHUCK AND KARLA FOWLER VISITING. HE JUST WROTE A NEW BOOK SEE THE REVIEW AND ONE OF HER PAINTINGS WAS CHOSEN FOR THE FOSS CALENDAR. THEY ARE CELEBRITIES !

OUR OWN CAPT. TOM (DEEP SEA ) BULSON. HE IS IN CHARGE OF FIXING UP THE ON-TIME. MASTER MECHANIC AND TALENTED WOOD WORKER. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

JACK BRUSCO JUST COMING BY OUR HOUSEBOAT. BEAUTIFUL TUG MUST BE A PHIL SPAULDING DESIGN. PERHAPS AN EX-CROWLEY BOAT ? PHOTO BY MARGIE FREEMAN.

CAPT. ERIK HAD THE GENERAL LEE IN DEEP WATER OFF WEST POINT. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

STEAM CRANE FOSS 300 AND CREW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH FOSS 300 ON CSR JOB. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

SCOTT ANDERSON 2ND FROM THE RIGHT AND CSR CREW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE ON ONE OF JACK WOLFE'S TRUCKS IN EASTERN WASHINGTON. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

FOSS 300 AND CSR TRAVEL LIFT. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE AT VANTAGE ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH GLACIER BAY AFTER UNDOCKING HER AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CSR BOAT RACKS ON OUR BARGE THE 4519. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CSR BOAT ON OUR BARGE THE 4519. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

WE PUT THE GREEN HOPE IN DRY DOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

THE FOSS CUP WAS HELD ON AUG. 20th. THIS IS A MODEL OF A SMALL BELLINGHAM TUG & BARGE BOAT. IT WAS NAMED FOR HER ENGINE WHICH WAS CALLED AN AUTOMATIC. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

GLEN & SUE NEWMEYER'S TUGS FROM CROFTON B.C. SHE WON THE MASTERS CLASS AND PHIL NORTHRUP WAS OVER ALL WINNER. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

TOM STEVENS SAVED THE DAY AT THE FOSS CUP. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

TUG MUSTANG; IN REAL LIFE SHE IS A POWERHOUSE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

LINDA FLODQUIST HELPING OUT AT THE FOSS CUP. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

MARK TALKING TO GORDON CANNEY AT THE FOSS CUP. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA'S NOKEA AT STABBERT'S. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MARGIE DOING THE 2 STEP TRYING OUT THE NEW DECK ON THE ON-TIME. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

OUT OF THE PAST COMES PHIL GRAY LONGTIME OFFICE MANAGER AND TUGBOAT OPERATOR, GREAT TO SEE HIM. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT ERIK AND HIS NAME SAKE, WHERE DID IT COME FROM? MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

BRAVEHEART ENJOYING THE VIEW FROM THE PILOT HOUSE OF THE BLUEBERRY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE AND DIXIE WITH THE PACIFIC STAR . MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

THAT DIXIE REALLY KICKS THE TIDE OUT FROM UNDER HER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MARK IN THE BLUEBERRY'S HIGH TECH PILOT HOUSE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

DUNLAP'S POLAR KING AT 13 KNOTS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

POLAR KING STERN VIEW. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

HAPPY CAT ON THE BLUEBERRY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

SUNSET FROM SECRET BAY FIVE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

IT FOGGED IN SOLID IN SB5 AND WE WERE SWARMED BY THESE LITTLE GUYS LOST IN THE FOG. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

BRAVEHEART ON BIRD WATCH. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. TOM IS JUST PROUD AS PUNCH OVER HIS LATEST PROJECT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS.

DEE AND SARA MEEKS REPORT THAT THEIR TUG “ELMORE” HAS HAD ITS BOW REBUILT IN PORT TOWNSEND AFTER A FISHBOAT BROKE LOOSE IN A NOVEMBER STORM AND TOTALY DESTROYED HER BOW AND ALMOST SUNK HER.

ELMORE GETTING NEW BOW IN PORT TOWNSEND. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO.

ROBIN AND KAE PATERSON REPORT THAT THEIR TUG “JOE” HAS BEEN SOLD. THE NEW OWNERS ARE HARRY AND BRYNN RYDEL.

TUG JOE ( EX-JOE FOSS). MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

THE TUG ‘CREOSOTE” HAS BEEN SOLD TO ROBERT WOHIEB. SHE WAS ADVERTISED ON CRAIGS LIST FOR SALE FOR AN EXCELLENT PRICE.

TUG CRESOTE. CHUCK FOWLER PHOTO.

 OLYMPIA TUG RACE RESULTS.

HEAT I

MAGGIE B - JOE -SKILLFUL – THEA BELLE.

HEAT 2

RELIANCE – PARTHIA – CREOSOTE – CAYOU – RELIABLE -

SNEEOOSH – WALLACE FOSS – SANDMAN.

HEAT 3

GALENE – HOLLY ANN – R.W.CONFER.

OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, SENDS THESE PHOTOS:

HENRY BRUSCO ENTERING COOS BAY WITH LOG BARGE IN FRONT OF BOB'S HOUSE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

HENRY BRUSCO UP THE CHANNEL A LITTLE FURTHER WITH HIS LOG BARGE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

KOOS KING OF KNUTSON TOWBOAT IN COOS BAY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

DUNLAP'S MANFRED NYSTROM HEADED INTO COOS BAY WITH A DUSTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

GUS BEAUDRY ON NORTH BEND ESCORTING A CHIP SHIP IN. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 MICHAEL DEAN, OUR MAN IN LADYSMITH, FORWARDS THESE PHOTOS. THANKS MICHAEL.

CANADIAN TUG HECATE STRAITS. MICHAEL DEAN PHOTO.

CANADIAN TUG KAYMAR. MICHAEL DEAN PHOTO.

CANADIAN TUG HARKEN 10. MICHAEL DEAN PHOTO.

CANADIAN TUGS KAYMAR AND PACIFIC CREST AND SHIP. MICHAEL DEAN PHOTO.

CANADIAN TUG HILDA MCKENZIE. MICHAEL DEAN PHOTO.

 

OUR MAN IN VANCOUVER, RON BURCHETT, SENT ON THESE PHOTOS.

RON WORKING ON THE BRATT

PHOTO OF MASTER THAT RON SENT ME.

BACK AT MYSTIC SEAPORT ONE OF RON'S TUGS.

SHIPHANDLERS AT MYSTIC. SENT IN BY RON.

SAM SIMONE, OUR MAN AT CROWLEY SEATTLE, SENT IN A PHOTO OF THE NEW CLASS OF OCEAN TUGS THE “OCEAN WAVE”. SAM ALSO SENT IN A PHOTO OF TWO INVADER CLASS TUGS THAT HAVE JUST BEEN SOLD TO RESOLVE SALVAGE & FIRE OF SINGAPORE. THEY ARE THE “COMMANDER” AND THE “GLADIATOR”. THESE ARE 7200 HORSEPOWER TUGS AND IF I REMEMBER TOM BUILT 25 OF THEM! THANKS SAM.

OCEAN WAVE FIRST OF THE 10,000 HORSEPOWER BOATS. PHOTO BY SAM SIMONE.

SCOTT SCHOCH, OUR MAN FROM OLYMPIA AND DUNLAP TOWING AT LA CONNER,  SENT IN THESE PHOTOS. THANKS SCOTT.

A TIRED BABY SEAL. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

THE BABY SEAL IS LOOKING BETTER SINCE IT GOT ON TO THE LOG RAFT FOR THE WARMTH OF THE SUN. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

THE "DONALD ROBERT", BUZ AND PAT DANA'S TUG. SHE STILL HAS THE HEAVY DUTY WASHINGTON IN HER. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

DUNLAP'S PORT GARDNER BRINGING OUT TOW FOR SCOTT. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

DUNLAP'S SWINOMISH. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

DON MEDFORTH, OUR MAN IN NANAIMO, SENDS ON MORE PHOTOS FROM HIS DAD GORDON’S COLLECTION. WE DON’T KNOW WHO TOOK THE PHOTOS.

CANADIAN TUG LE MARS. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

AMERICAN MIKI MARY FOSS. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN MIKI LLOYD B GORE. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG NEVA STRAITS. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG PROGRESSIVE. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

STAN WILLHIGHT, OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, SENDS MANY PHOTOS - EVEN SOME OF MY OLD BOATS. THANKS STAN.

WHEN FOSS BUILT THE 'D' BOATS THEY TOOK THE NAME DUNCAN FROM AN EXISTING TUG AND RENAMED HER THE "ELAINE". SHE WAS AN EX-NAVY TUG AND HAD A 400 HP NORDBERG. HERE SHE IS ENTERING THE LOCKS. UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER.

OCEAN CROWN WAS A CANADIAN TUG BUILT OUT OF A SURPLUS 148 FOOT FS BOAT THAT THE U.S. ARMY SOLD. THEY CAME WITH AN 875 HP FAIRBANKS AND I THOUGHT SHE WAS RE-ENGINED WITH 2000 HP BUT I GOT TO READING ABOUT HER REBUILD AND I THINK THEY JUST DID SOME THINGS TO THE FAIRBANKS BECAUSE THEY ONLY CALLED IT 1000 HP. THEY TOWED LOG BARGES WITH HER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

STEAM TUG IROQUOIS SHE TOWED FOR BELLINHAM TUG & BARGE. SHE TOWED LOGS OUT IN THE STRAITS OF JUAN DE FUCA. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

TUG OMAR. BOB SIMMONS BOUGHT HER SURPLUS FROM THE NAVY AND INSTALLED A 2505 BUDA DIESEL IN HER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

TUG IBIS FOR ALONG TIME SHE BELONGED TO RUSSEL TRASK OF BAINBRIDGE ISLAND . HE USED HER IN HIS BARGE AND BULKHEAD BUSINESS. SHE HAD A 1879 BUDA WITH 171 HP. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO. THANKS STAN.

 

MIKE WRIGHT, OUR MAN IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN VICTORIA B.C., SENT ON MANY NEAT PHOTOS.

CANADIAN TUG SEASPAN PROTECTOR. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

SEASPAN PROTECTOR STERN VIEW. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

SEASPAN PACER IN TIGHT QUARTERS. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

SEASPAN PACER WHAT NEAT STACKS. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

I RECEIVED SEVERAL PHOTOS FROM JOHN GUTHRIE OF RAPID TOWING OF NANAIMO. THANKS JOHN.

EXPORTER 30 FOOT TUG WORKING ON THE NANAIMO RIVER FLATS. JOHN GUTHRIE PHOTO.

VICTORY V TOWING 2 SUPER WINDERS BOTH WITH DETROIT 6-71's. PHOTO BY JOHN GUTHRIE.

RAPID PROVIDOUR WITH A 675 HP MITSUBISHI DIESEL AND A 48 INCH NOZZLE AT GABRIOLA BLUFFS. JOHN GUTHRIE PHOTO.

RAPID HAWK WITH DETROIT 8V-71 ON THE NANAIMO RIVER FLATS. JOHN GUTHRIE PHOTO.

CHUCK GALLUP OUR MAN IN TONASKET, WA. IS AN OLD TIMER IN THE BOAT BUSINESS AND HAD 20 YEARS AT IT BEFORE HE SWALLOWED THE ANCHOR. I FIRST MET HIM WHEN HE WAS WORKING FOR PETE WOECK RUNNING THE “MPE 105″. HE LATER WORKED FOR ME FOR A SHORT TIME. HE WORKED AT WESTERN  TOWBOAT AND SEA COAST TOWING AND HE ALSO DID 4 YEARS IN THE USCG. CHUCK IS AN AMAZING GUY; HE’D BE ABLE TO SHINNY UP A LINE HANGING OFF THE SIDE OF A SHIP; IF YOU COULD NOT GET ON BOARD, HE SURE COULD. NOT MANY CAN DO THAT. THANKS FOR GETTING BACK IN TOUCH. CHUCK RAN HIS OWN CONCRETE BUSINESS AND CRANE SERVICE AND NOW OWNS ‘PATRIOTWORKS’ WHICH DOES CUSTOM CONCRETE FEATURES, SIGNS AN ARCHITECTURAL MACHINING.

CHUCK GALLUP AND HIS STEAM ENGINE.

CHUCK WAS CAPTAIN OF WESTERN'S SAN FRANCISCO AT THE HOODS CANAL BRIDGE.

HERE TOWING A KNOT SHIP THRU THE FREMONT BRIDGE IS THE “WASP” MADE UP ALONG SIDE AND CHUCK HAS THE “SAN FRANCISCO” ON THE HEAD END. IT WAS CHUCK’S FIRST TIME ON THE BRIDALS AND I GOT A PICTURE OF IT.

ART ANDERSON OUR MAN IN SECHELT, B.C.

ART WITH HIS TUG GLENDEVON BEHIND HIM. ISN'T SHE A BEAUT! ART DIDN'T TAKE THE PICTURE.

NANAIMO TILLCUM IS FOR SALE. ART ANDERSON PHOTO.

CANADIAN TUG GLENDEVON IN TRAVELIFT. ART ANDERSON PHOTO.

CANADIAN TUG IVANHOE. ART ANDERSON PHOTO.

GARY KING, OUR MAN IN NEW WESTMINSTER B.C., SENDS ON PHOTOS OF AL MASON AND HIS EASTHOPE POWERED GILLNETTER. AL ALSO FIXES WOODEN VESSELS IN THE AREA.

AL MASON'S "EVA". GARY KING PHOTO.

AL MASON INSIDE THE EVA. SHE WAS LAUNCHED IN 1932. GARY KING PHOTO

LOOKING FORWARD AT EASTHOPE. GARY KING PHOTO.

PILOT HOUSE NOTICE THE FORD MODEL T STEERING GEAR. GARY KING PHOTO.

SINGLE CYLINDER EASTHOPE OWNED BY BRITANNIA SHIP YARD AT STEVESTON, B.C. PHOTO BY GARY KING.

OUR FAMILY IN ANACORTES, RANDY AND LINDA FLODQUIST, SEND PHOTOS ALL THE TIME. RANDY HAS BEEN TRAVELING BACK EAST AND SENT THESE PHOTOS OF THE PRIDE OF CASSVILLE OF WISCONSIN. LINDA HAS A DANDY STORY ABOUT RANDY TRAVELING BUT I AM SWORN TO SECRECY. LET’S JUST SAY RANDY NEEDS TO REALLY CHECK HIS LUGGAGE.

NEAT RIVER TUG SHE WOULD LOOK GOOD WITH SOME BUFF PAINT ON HER. RANDY FLODQUIST PHOTO.

ANOTHER VIEW THEY HAD A COUPLE OF FARM TRACTORS ON BOARD WITH AWNINGS. RANDY FLODQUIST PHOTO.

WE ARE SAYING PRAYERS FOR A VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF OURS WHO IS SICK IN THE HOSPITAL AND HAVING A ROUGH TIME OF IT. WE’D BE GRATEFUL IF YOU’D SEND UP A  GOOD WORD FOR HIM TOO.

THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT IN PHOTOS AND TALES SO THAT I CAN SHARE THE HISTORY WITH EVERYONE ONE PICTURE AT A TIME. YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM.

                                     YOUR MAN AND GAL IN SEATTLE,

                                         FAIRTIDE MARK, MARGIE AND THE CATS.

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Captain Mark Freeman’s “RUDDERLESS” for August 6,2011.

 

MOORAGE AT FREMONT BOAT COMPANY.

OUR NEW LOGO FROM BILL GARDEN, JOHNNY ADAMS DID THE DRAWING.

 

OUR MOORAGE OFFICE, BOAT SALES AND HOME ON THE FERRY 'AIRLINE', CIRCA 1940. THE COAST GUARD TOOK HER FOR A BARRACKS SHIP IN 1942 AT THE START OF WORLD WAR II. WE NOW HAVE A NEWER BUILDING.

We have some moorage space available for year around boats. easy on and off your boat on nice low floating docks with lots of cleats and our moorage office is on the dock. We have clean rest rooms-one with a great shower. We have been in business since 1916. Our sailboaters have been having a great time at Duck Dodge-everyone had on a pirate outfit the other day! We also have some office space coming available on our on-site office building, call Margie at 206 632 -0152 or her cell is 206 786-2897 - she’s in charge. We are now on Facebook with Fremont Boat Co., Mark Freeman, Fremont Tugboat Co. and Tom Bulson.

WEATHER REPORT FROM YOUR ON THE SCENE REPORTER.

I like it. The rest of the country is burning up, we on the west coast are just a thin green line on the weather map which always tells me that it’s not too hot here. I want to go on record that I don’t like rain on the last day of July. My brother-in-law, Pat Stoppelman, always said we have two seasons here winter and August and I have to agree with him. My dad, Doc, always said it rains thru the 4th of July. I told Margie on our trips across the ship canal that the west wind felt like fall was in the air and she hit me. So much for your reporter.

MEETINGS

Too many meetings; Margie is our Political Officer and more & more of her day is taken up with the new Master Shoreline Program for Seattle. It will be a long haul before it is over, but so far both sides are talking.

 A BRAND NEW BOOK - ”PATROL AND RESCUE BOATS ON PUGET SOUND”BY CHUCK FOWLER AND DAN WITHERS.

FRONT COVER OF NEW BOOK SHOWS A 38 FOOT COAST GUARD PICKET BOAT.

CG 40501 MARK FREEMAN RAN HER UP THE COAST FOR PATROL DUTIES AT SEAFAIR IN 1958.

 

PATROL BOATS REVIEW.

Chuck Fowler, who I worked with on the “Tug Boats on Puget Sound” book published last year, has produced another pictorial maritime history volume,”Patrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound,” scheduled for release on December 12, 2011.  His co-author this time is Dan Withers, a Navy Vietnam veteran and president of Combatant Craft of America, a nonprofit patrol boat historical and preservation group.

Among the little-known stories and rare images featured in the book are PT (patrol torpedo) boats operation in Puget Sound during World War II, production of the third largest number of WW II Coast Guard picket boats in the nation by a Kirkland boat builder, development of Bellingham-built Navy river patrol boats and hydrofoil patrol boats by Boeing during the Vietnam era of the 1960′s and 1970′s , and production and operation of Coast Guard fast response boats following the September 11, 2001 homeland terroist attacks. The book’s many dramatic, previously unpublished photos show that Puget Sound-based boat builders and military maritime units have had important roles in the nation’s patrol and rescue boat history.

As a Coast Guard veteran and former patrol boat skipper, I helped Chuck with his research and provided photos from my collection. These included a photo of my 40 foot utility boat, CG-40501, when we were assigned safety patrol duties during the 1958 Gold Cup Race on Lake Washington. This was the famous race when Bill Muncey’s Miss Thriftway collided with another CG 40-footer, sending both boats to the bottom of the lake and narrowly avoiding any deaths or injuries. I buoyed the sinking so that they could find the two boats and then took over the position that the Coast Gaurd 40-boat had maintained and the race went on.  Chuck and Dan’s book features two dramatic photos of this accident, an aerial view taken shortly after the collision and another when the two sunken boats were raised by the well-known Coast Guard buoy tender FIR.

For more information or to pre-order your copy of the “Partrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound” book visit www.arcadiapublishing.com or call their Toll Free Order Line 1-888-313-2665. The book will also be available at many Puget Sound area books stores after December 12th.

                                               Mark Freeman 

USCG FIR SALVAGING CG 40 BOAT THAT BILL MUNCEY RAN INTO AND SANK IN THE 1958 RACES.

OLD FRIENDS

BRIAN HILL, RACHEL JONES AND CAPT. MARK FREEMAN. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

RACHEL PLAYING HER VIOLIN. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

"CLUPEA" AT HER MOORINGS IN THE FRASER RIVER. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.

We had a treat just after the 4th with some visitors that we had never met. It starts after WW II when George Hill bought the cruiser ‘ALZO’ and he raised three children on her here at the moorage. They were George, Sylvia and Helen. He worked at Washington Iron Works and later in 1960 I sold him the Canadian Fisheries patrol boat ‘CLUPEA’ which he fixed up as a liveaboard. George, Sr. died and his kids married and had children of their own. I have kept in contact with young George who became a doctor and is now living in Nanaimo with his wife Miriam. Sylvia lives in Port Angles and Helen lives in eastern Canada and Brian works in California. So in walks these two nice people and the fellow announces that they are Brian Hill and his cousin Rachel Jones who is Helen’s daughter. I put it all together in my head as Brian looks just like his Dad, George. Well, Margie and I have the best time talking to them for a couple of hours. Rachel plays violin professionally and had two violins out of the 1700′s (!) and she played them for us!!  At the end of the blog I have a link to the video for you. I am sure glad that they dropped by. Good new memories like cherries on top of ice cream sundae’s.

SPECIAL AWARDS

A second HAWKEYE MEDAL is awarded to Capt. Craig Wilson for his sharp eyesight. He shares a boat shed with 2 other boats and walked into the shed and spotted this 3o foot launch slowly sinking. He called Margie and she dispatched Capt. “DEEP SEA” Tom Bulson with pumps and saved the boat. A leaky stuffing box was the culprite. Thanks Craig!

FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY.

We are still working on the ON-TIME, Tom has had the engine running but we had to put another coil on it to make it run right. Had a manifold water leak on the outside so Tom took off the manifold and the inside is just as clean as a whistle which speaks well for an old engine (1950). She spent her life on the Great Lakes so has always had fresh water in the engine. Looks like Tom and Erik may establish a launch service with the ON-TIME and use her for tours of Lake Union etc. They don’t have any spare time now so this project goes on the back burner. Erik wants to know when it will quit raining, I told him August.

 Another reality show, this time on tugboats. Erik and Tom were asked to provide a video of the tug company for a possible TV show. I know this much,  it won’t be as thrilling as Sig and his “NORTHWESTERN”. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it to come out. Tugboating is days and weeks of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Thor Radford made up a video on the boys and they sent that in.

                                     TUGBOAT WANTED

>  WANT TUGBOAT OR BOOM BOAT BETWEEN 20 AND 30 FEET LONG ANY CONDITION CALL CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN AT 206 632 0151 OR EMAIL HIM AT capteof@aol.com

>  WANTED GRAY MARINE ENGINE SIGNS .

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE: FAIRTIDE MARK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

ONE OF OUR MEN AT FREMONT TUG: CAPT. "TOWLINE" ERIK FREEMAN. PHOTO BY THOR RADFORD.

OUR OTHER MAN AT FREMONT TUGBOAT CO.: CAPT. TOM "DEEP SEA" BULSON. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

DIXIE WITH "STARR DAVID JORDAN" ALONGSIDE COMING OUT OF NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD BOUND FOR STABBERTS'. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE JUGGLING AT STABBERT YACHT & SHIP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

YACHT "FATHOM" UNDERWAY ON A NICE DAY. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. TOM AND KRISTINE AND THEIR TWO KIDS OUT FOR A DAY IN THE SUN ON THE "FATHOM". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"STEPHAN DANN" TIED UP TO FRED DAHL'S DOCK WITH A DT ON THE STACK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH "PACIFIC STAR" IN TOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTING "OCEAN PIONEER". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

FERRY "EVERGREEN STATE" AT THE FOSS SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

JOE TIFFANY THE WELDER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"ISLAND BREEZE AND 270 FOOT BARGE HEADED FOR STABBERTS'. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"ISLAND CHIEF" HAD THE OTHER END OF THE BIG BARGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. TOM AND JEEP ASSISTING LAKE UNION CREW BARGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

STEAM CRANE "FOSS 300" IN FOR DRYDOCKING. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

OUR MISS BLUE, TRACEY CRAIG.

JEEP AND CAPT. TOM HAVE THE FRONT END OF THIS HOUSE BARGE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

THE HALFTRACK AND CAPT. ERIK HAS GOT THE BACK END. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

TWO LIFE GUARDS ON THE DIXIE: THOR AND CAPT. ERIK WATCHING OUT FOR THEIR KIDS. PHOTO BY MARGIE FREEMAN.

 

SWIMMERS THOR'S DAUGHTER RILEY AND ERIK'S DAUGHTER MARINA MAY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAUGHT THE "NOREEN" OUTBOUND HAL SURE DID A GOOD JOB REBUILDING HER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

WESTERN RANGER IN DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

RUSSIAN FISHING VESSELL LOOKING MUCH BETTER WITH A COAT OF PAINT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

K-SEA TUG PACIFIC PATRIOT AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. ERIK ON THE "GENERAL LEE". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

OUR "DIXIE" BACKING "PACIFIC STAR" OUT OF DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"GENERAL LEE" LEANING ON THE BOW OF THE "PACIFIC STAR". PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

THERE ISN'T ANYTHING THAT CAPT. MARGIE CAN'T DO INCLUDING RUNNING THE "JEEP". PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

"LINDSEY FOSS" WAITING FOR THE NEXT TANKER AT ANACORTES. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. TOM WORKING ON THE "ON-TIME". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

BRAVEHEART IN THE SOCK DRAWER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

TOM & ERIK WORKING ON THE ON-TIME. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

Margie got me a new camera for Christmas; I was a little late in picking it out but I chose a Canon with a 35x zoom. Below are three photos taken from our house boat.

THE RUSSIAN FISHING VESSELL HAS BEEN AT SEA. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

K-SEA TUG "PACIFIC PATRIOT" LAYING AT END OF I-90 AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

OUR "GRACE" LAYING AT FREMONT BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE TOWING A BRAND NEW HOUSEBOAT OVER TO WARDS COVE FROM FOSS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE GRINDING AWAY AGAINST THE CURRENT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

FREMONT BRIDGE OPENING FOR THE HOUSEBOAT TOW. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

JOHN MARTIN AND FAMILY SAILING BY OUR HOUSEBOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

We were invited to a re-commission party of the M/V “SARINA” on July 27th in Ballard. She was a 78 foot USCG Buoy Tender and now she will be making deliveries of general cargo, ship stores and lube oil to ships thru-out Puget Sound. She is owned by Marine Oil Service of Norfolk . The president of the company Burt Miller gave a speech and made the toast.  Blessing of the vessel was done by Minister Clare O’Conner. Vice President Michael “Red” Davis thanked all the people that had helped get her underway and they had a very nice catered lunch in the sunshine. We ran into Red Davis and Bill Fountain, her new Captain, when they came by looking for ideas to find a proper dock to load at  and we gave them a laundry list. of properties. Bill Fountain used to work for Fremont Tugboat Company and for the last several years he ran the “MARGARET ANN” for Waterfront Construction. Here are the photos that we took that day.

"SARINA"

HER BACK DECK. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

BURT MILLER PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT MICHAEL "RED" DAVIS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT RED'S DAUGHTER, RED DAVIS , BURT MILLER AND MINISTER CLAIRE O'CONNER. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

BREAKING THE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

MR. BIG. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

CROWD AT CEREMONY. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

MARK, MARGIE AND ERIK FREMAN. PHOTO BY TOM BULSON.

TOM BULSON, MARK & MARGIE. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

RED DAVIS AND MARK FREEMAN. PHOTO BY MARGIE FREEMAN.

CAPTAIN BILL FOUNTAIN IN DISGUISE. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

 

BILL FOUNTAIN'S WIFE ROBIN, SHE IS FROM NORTHGATE. PHOTO BY MARGIE FREEMAN.

CROSSING THE BAR.

           Johnny Clark sent me an e-mail about Captain Art Murphy passing away on May 18, 2011.  I got permission to print his letter to me about Art:    

“Hello Mark, Retired BMC John Clark here ( USCG ). I didn’t know if you knew Art, but he was a prominent fixture in SE Alaska log towing and barging. As soon as I retired from the CG I went to work for him as a Capt. and mate on his various tugs. He lived in Petersburg Alaska and owned and operated Seakist Towing it seems like forever. I first met him while I was the BM1 onboard the USCGC Cape Romain in Ketchikan. I had the duty and felt a bump. I went up on deck and he had bunped into me while docking. He had his family on board. He and I became friends from that day on. Some of the tugs he owned were: SEAKIST, AJAX, BLARNEY, MURPH, TACOMA, DOMINION, SEAHORSE, INVADER and many more. It seems that most of them were ex-military rigs.

He grew up on the Snohomish River in Everett and was great pals with Billy Wick and Art Church. He lived in Chehalis after his health dictated his future. He had been on a kidney machine three times a week for several years. The day he passed he was getting his treatment and the staff said he just simply went to sleep”.

                 Best Regards,  Johnny Clark

I keep losing old friends but that is the way the world works, sad as it may be.  Mark

WONDERFUL PICTURES FROM OUR MAN AT WESTERN TOWBOAT, CAPT. RIC SHREWSBURY OF THEIR TOW OF THE OIL RIG “KULLUK”. SHE IS ARRIVING IN SEATTLE AFTER THEY TOWED HER DOWN FROM DUTCH HARBOR WITH AN OIL BOAT ON ONE CORNER AND THE WESTERN TITAN ON THE OTHER CORNER.  RIDING AS SHOTGUN WAS THE WESTERN RANGER. RIC TOOK THESE OFF HIS BOAT THE “WESTERN STAR”.

RIC OUR MAN AT WESTERN TOWBOAT. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

"KULLUK" LOOK HOW BIG SHE IS AND THOSE TUGS ARE HUGE. PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

THE OIL BOAT "NANUG" IS OVER TWICE AS BIG AS THE OCEAN TITAN BUT ABOUT THE SAME HORSEPOWER. PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

WESTERN'S "OCEAN TITAN". PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

"OCEAN TITAN AND OCEAN RANGER" BOTH PULLING ON THE OIL RIG. PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

"OCEAN RANGER & OCEAN TITAN" BOTH PULLING ON KULLUK. RIC SHREWSBURY PHOTO.

WESTERN'S FLYER BUILT AS TEEKALETT II FOR POPE AND TALBOT. PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

"OCEAN RANGER AND OCEAN TITAN" JUST A LITTLE CLOSER. PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

"KULLUK" SURROUNDED BY WESTERN TUGS. PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

THE SMALL TUGS HAVE HER NOW, GETTING CLOSE TO THE SHIPYARD. PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

THE FLYER AND THE HORNET HAVE HER. PHOTO BY RIC SHREWSBURY.

 

OUR MAN FROM NANAIMO, DON MEDFORTH.

DON MEDFORTH.

J. S. FOLEY CANADIAN MIKI. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG "LA POINTE. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG LA REINE. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG "LA SALLE". PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUGS "LA BEAU" & "LA GARDE". PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

THE PHOTOS ABOVE HAVE BEEN SENT IN BY DON MEDFORTH AND ARE FROM HIS DAD GORDON’S COLLECTION. WE DO NOT KNOW WHO TOOK THE PHOTOS. THANKS DON.

OUR MAN FROM OLYMPIA AND LA CONNER, SCOTT SCHOCH.

SCOTT ON MT. BALLYHOO AT DUTCH. SOMEONE ELSE TOOK THE PHOTO.

SCOTT REALLY GETS AROUND ON THE DUNLAP BOATS HERE HE IS GOING THRU DECEPTION PASS.

HERE IS SCOTT OUTSIDE THE PASS GETTING IN AS FAR AS HE CAN AGAINST THE EBB. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

THE PASS LOOKS TOO NARROW FOR A 3-WIDE TOW BUT THEY TELL ME IN THE OLD DAYS THEY BROUGHT 4-WIDE TOWS THRU BUT THEY SCRAPPED ON EACH SIDE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

HE IS PARTIALLY THRU YOU CAN SEE GOBBLERS KNOB IN THE BACK GROUND... IT GOBBLED UP A LOT OF LOG TOWS. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

HE IS SAFE NOW THRU THE PASS YOU CAN SEE HIS TAIL BOAT. THE ROGER BROTHERS USED TO HAVE TWO SMALL BOATS AND THEY TAILED ALL THE LOGS TOWS THRU THE PASS. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

LOG TOWING IS THE MOST HAZARDOUS OF ALL TOWING. YOU CAN'T HAVE TOO MUCH WIND AND WAVES OR ELSE YOUR RAFT CAN BREAK UP. YOU HAVE TO KNOW EVERY CURRENT BECAUSE YOU MOVE ONLY AT UP TO A KNOT AND A HALF SO YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND IT'S A REAL JOB TO PUT A TOW BACK TOGETHER AND GET THE STRAY LOGS OFF THE BEACH. BASICALLY YOU ARE TOWING A NIGHTMARE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND STAN WHILLHIGHT SENDS THESE GREAT TUGBOAT PHOTOS FROM 1982.    THANKS STAN.

TUG GRANT DIXON 1 OFF ASTORIA 9-10-1982. WE OWN HER NOW AND SHE IS CALLED THE "DIXIE". STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

CANADIAN TUG SEASPAN FOAM AT VICTORIA, B.C. 7-9-82. STAN WHILLHIGHT PHOTO.

KELLY FOSS AT ANACORTES 8-20-1982. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

A WICK TUG THE SNOHOMISH FROM EVERETT.10-14-1982  PHOTO BY STAN WHILLHIGHT.

TUG "BEE" WITH A HOUSE BARGE IN BALLARD ON 9-30-1992. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

OUR MAN IN COOS BAY BOB RICHARDSON.

BOB ON LEFT WITH LIFEJACKET ON. NOT HIS PHOTO.

HEADED FOR THE BARN AFTER THE JOB, "BLANCO" HAS A HEAD START. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

DUNLAPS' MANFRED NYSTROM HEADED FOR COOS BAY WITH A DUSTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

GEORGE WALES EASING OLD GEN SET OUT TO MAKE ROOM FOR A NEW JOHN DEERE GENERATOR. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

PILOT CAPTAIN CHARLIE YATES GOING UP THE PILOT LADDER . DECKHAND MARK IS KEEPING THE LADDER IN THE CLEAR. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

THEY SURE KEEP THOSE COOS BAY TUGS CLEAN AND WELL PAINTED. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

OUR MAN IN MOSES LAKE CARL WEBER SENDS ON MORE PHOTOS.

FRED DAHL'S "NEPTUNE" AND THE ST "DRIFTWOOD" AT HIS NORTHLAKE PIER. CARL WEBER PHOTO MAY 1, 2003.

LAKE UNION DRYDOCK "SEA HORSE" ON THE LEFT "SEA VALIANT" ON THE RIGHT. CARL WEBER PHOTO MAY 1, 2003.

MAMALA U.S. CORP. OF ENGINEERS SURVEY BOAT IN HOQUIAM. SHE USED TO LAY AT THE COAST GUARD DOCK AT WESTPORT DURING THE MIDDLE AND LATE 1950's WHEN I WAS THERE. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

"MAMALA". PHOTO BY CARL WEBER.

"MAMALA'S" PILOT HOUSE. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

OUR MAN IN IDAHO PAUL BAILEY IS NOW WORKING IN THE OIL FIELDS OF THE UNITED STATES AND WE HAVE LOTS OF OIL. PAUL SENDS ON A COUPLE OF PHOTOS THAT ARE JUST PLAIN FRIGHTENING. ENJOY!

PAUL BAILEY WITH ONE CLOUD IN THE SKY.

RATTLESNAKE COUNTRY NOT GOOD COUNTRY TO GO FOR A STROLL OR TAKE A LEAK. PAUL BAILEY PHOTO.

OIL RIG TORNADO IN TEXAS. PAUL SENT ME THE PHOTO. THANKS PAUL WE ALL MISS YOU.

 

THOR RADFORD OUR MAN WHO LIVES HERE ON A SAILBOAT AND IS A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER.  THANKS THOR.

"QUILCEDA" IN ANACORTES TOWING IN A POWER BOAT. THOR RADFORD PHOTO.

"POLAR CLOUD" CHARGING ALONG. THOR RADFORD PHOTO.

 THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT IN PICTURES AND TALES SO THAT I CAN SHARE THE HISTORY WITH EVERYONE. YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM OR COPY THEM BUT REMEMBER THE RULES.

                                       YOUR MAN AND GAL IN SEATTLE,

                                                FAIRTIDE MARK AND MARGIE.

PS HERE IS A LINK TO A YouTube VIDEO OF RACHEL PLAYING THE VIOLIN.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnVpL8lUeYQ

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Captain Mark Freeman’s “RUDDERLESS” for July 10, 2011

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OUR MOORAGE OFFICE, BOAT SALES AND HOME ON THE FERRY 'AIRLINE', CIRCA 1940. THE COAST GUARD TOOK HER FOR A BARRACKS SHIP IN 1942 AT THE START OF WORLD WAR II, WE NOW HAVE A NEWER BUILDING.

We have some moorage space available for year around boats, easy on and off your boat on nice low floating docks with lots of cleats and our moorage office is on the dock. We have clean rest rooms – one with a great shower. We have been in business since 1916. Our sailboaters have been having a great time at Duck Dodge – everyone had on a pirate outfit the other day! We also have a some office space coming available in our on- site office building, call Margie at 206 632-0152 or her cell is 206 786-2897 - she’s in charge.

WEATHER REPORT FROM YOUR ON THE SCENE REPORTER.

Bah Humbug.  Some sun but it is still blowing SE. But it all changed for the Fourth of July hot sun wow every one came to view the fireworks what fun!

MEETINGS

Margie is our Political Officer and more & more of her day is taken up with the new Master Shoreline Program for Seattle. It will be a long haul before it’s over, but so far everyone is still ready to come to talk it all over.

GOODBYES 

Keegan made it to Minnesota with no problems. Christian made it to Ballard. So far both of them are in good spirits.

TUGBOAT COMPANY

In between towing jobs they are all working on putting the engine in the ON-TIME and making good progress, it is bolted down to new engine beds and lined up to  the tail shaft. Have a new propeller from Kruger too –  they had a 20 x 16 in stock so we will try that; it may be a little heavy but better to adjust the pitch only once.  Could not buy a dark green high heat paint so went with a volvo green - hope it will run with that color.  Capt. Tom  (DEEP SEA) Bulson is in charge of the project and doing a fine job.

WANTED: GRAY MARINE SIGNS IN BRASS.

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE, FAIRTIDE MARK.

DIXIE TOWING EX-NOAA BOAT DAVID STARR JORDAN FROM SAND POINT TO STABBERTS ON A WINDY DAY. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

DIXIE WITH DAVID STARR JORDAN OFF CAPE GAS PLANT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

ERIK AND HIS DAUGHTER, MARINA MAY, TRYING OUT HER NEW MAGIC CARPET. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

I FOUND ALL THESE TUGS IN THE WAREHOUSE AND NOW ALL THEY NEED IS SOME PAINT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

OUR FRIEND, BONNIE HINES,  MADE THIS BEAUTIFUL STAINED GLASS WINDOW FEATURING OUR TUG GRACE , QUEEN ANN HILL AND OUR HOUSEBOAT. SHE WORKED ON IT OFF AND ON FOR A YEAR – WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE! COME IN AND SEE IT IN OUR OFFICE. THANKS BONNIE. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

MARK AND HIS BIG STEAM ENGINE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE MAKING UP TO STEAM CRANE FOSS 300. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

K-SEA TUG PACIFIC AVENGER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH MOANA WAVE AND NO ROOM, PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

MOANA WAVE OUT IN THE OPEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE AT STABBERT'S WITH MARY ANN CRANE BARGE ALONGSIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH CLIPPER EXPRESS IN TOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE PUSHING FOSS 300 STEAM CRANE INTO A TIGHT HOLE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MIKE SHERLOCK AND KEEGAN HAVING A DISCUSSION. HALF TRACK STANDING BY. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE AND GENERAL LEE TURNING AROUND EX-USCG CUTTER ACUSHNET. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA NAKOLA TO FUEL DOCK. LOOK HOW FAR OUT OF WATER SHE IS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTING AT K-SEA DOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DADDY'S GIRL, MARINA MAY FREEMAN. PHOTO BY HER DAD.

STEVE TATE TUG LAYING AT RIC'S. SHE WAS AN EX-M CLASS FOSS BOAT. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE SHIFTING ARMY BARGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE AND GENERAL LEE SHIFTED CHELSEY K TO OUTSIDE THE LOCKS FOR SEA TRIALS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

HOUSE BARGE IN TOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MIKE SHERLOCK AND HIS TENDER - A REALLY NEAT BOAT. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

WE ASSISTED THE NORTON SOUND. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

WE HAD TO CHASE THE SEA BIRD TO ASSIST HIM. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

K-SEA TUG NAKOLA COMING BACK FROM FUEL DOCK; SHE WENT DOWN ABOUT 4 FEET! PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE WITH BARANOF AT FOSS SHIPYARD. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE SHIFTING DRAGGER VESTERAALEN AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

PACIFIC FISHERMEN SHIPYARD IN BALLARD. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

ATB SKIPJACK MOORED AT FOSS SHIPYARD. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

K-SEA TUG NOKEA IN DRY DOCK AT STABBERT YACHT & SHIP. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE WITH ZENITH ALONGSIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

EX-MCNEIL ISLAND PRISON BOAT THE STEILACOOM. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

CAPTAIN (DEEP SEA) TOM BULSON CAN RUN ANYTHING. HERE HE IS IN THE HALF TRACK BUT HE PREFERS THE DIXIE AND ALL HER RUGS AND LUXURY - LIKE COFFEE. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

SARINA, THE NEW LUBE OIL TANKER FOR MARINE OIL SERVICE. SHE WAS A COAST GUARD BUOY TENDER. BILL FOUNTAIN IS HER CAPTAIN. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

ON THE LEFT IS MICHAEL (RED) DAVIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF MARINE OIL SERVICE AND CAPTAIN BILL FOUNTAIN OF THE SARINA (IN RED). PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

DIXIE WITH THE DAVID STARR JORDAN IN TOW HEADED FOR DRYDOCKING AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD FROM STABBERT'S, GENERAL LEE ASSISTING. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DAVID STARR JORDAN IN DRYDOCK AT PETER KELLY'S NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

SEABORN PILEDRIVING TUG COOS NO.6 WITH NEW PILOT HOUSE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH K-SEA TUG EL LOBO GRANDE IN TOW. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

FRED DAHL'S TUG TRITON,EVERYONE WAVED! MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

KEEGAN'S GOING AWAY PARTY. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

MARGIE AND BRAVEHART HE IS A REALLY A GOOD SAILOR SO WE ALWAYS TAKE HIM ALONG. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

SECRET BAY FIVE SUNSET. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

NORTH EAST END OF AGATE PASS WITH THE SUN OUT HARD TO BELEIVE THAT IT'S THAT PRETTY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPTAIN RIC SHREWSBURY AND HIS 1928 MODEL A FORD CAME BY FOR A VISIT. BOY WHAT A NEAT CAR. I HAD A 1930 MODEL A FOR MY FIRST CAR BUT IT SURE DIDN'T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEAUTY. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

MARK & MARGIE AND RIC WE EVEN HAD THE HOOD UP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MARK, RIC AND ERIK INSPECTING THE ON-TIME. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

RON BURCHETT CAME BY FOR A VISIT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

ISLAND BREEZE SHIFTING RAMP BARGE INTO DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

CAPT. TOM AND IOWA JAKE INSTALLING 109 GRAY WITH 2:1 GEAR IN THE ON-TIME. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. ROBIN PATERSON INSPECTING THE ON-TIME. HE RELEATED TO ME THAT I SOLD HIM THE TUG BAYBURN 45 YEARS AGO. I DID NOT KNOW THAT HE WAS THAT OLD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MORE TUG BOAT MODELS. AL BUILT ME A NEW BOOK CASE SO I THOUGHT THAT I SHOULD FILL HER UP. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

CROSSING THE BAR

            My old friend Bill Garden crossed over the bar in April, 2011. Bill was one of the finest Naval architects that we have seen. He designed boats that – along with being good boats – looked like proper boats. They were salty and he always had a salty guy at the wheel on his drawings.

            He designed a small schooner that used to lay in Friday Harbor and it would make you just drool whenever you walked by it. He was good friends with my Dad, Doc, and the 1930′s crew Jack McCrary and Jim Hart. He and Doc used to kid each other  about their boats. Bill always was giving Doc a hard time about the big fat corner posts in any boat cabin that Doc was building. Bill was about 15 years older than me and we kids always thought that he was Mr. Cool with his sports coats that had leather patches at the elbows. He designed the conversion of this 36 foot landing Barge into a beachcombing tug the JERKMORE for me. He did several other conversions for Doc of LCVP’s and plane rearming boats – all of which Doc named SANDDAB 1 or 2 or 3, etc.  I have no idea how many things he did for Doc  but they sure had a good time talking about them. Dad’s last yacht the 36 foot JOURNEYMAN II was a Garden design. Bill also drew the WINSOME a 41 foot troller for George English who used to troll during the summer and work at Fremont Boat during the winter. Bill made the drawings for my latest boat the ON-TIME  when Dave LeClercq converted her from a Columbia River Bow Picker. Last year Bill found the plans and sent them down to me – show you how thoughtful he always was. He moved to Canada from Seattle in the mid 1960′s and our family sure missed seeing him. Bill, in one of his last letters to me, included a drawing of what he called a puffer tug that his friend and mine, Johnny Adams, had drawn for him. Bill used it on his stationery and told me I had better start using it with our tugboat company colors on it, so I  guess I had better do that and will push it to the top of  my ’to do list’.

              We will sure miss him for his talent as an architect and for his friendship and his sharp wit and humor; they broke the mold when they made him.

          Included are two pictures that Bill Page of Maine sent me several years ago.      

BILL AND HIS ISLAND COMMUTER, MERLIN, STEAMING FULL AHEAD.

BILL SAILING HIS 12 FOOT CAT BOAT CATSPAW, WHICH HE BUILT.

DOC FREEMAN'S LAST YACHT THE JOURNEYMAN II IS A BILL GARDEN DESIGN. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

JOURNEYMAN II PLANS .PHOTO FROM MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.

JERKMORE IS A BILL GARDEN DESIGN. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.

SAND DAB 4 IS A PLANE REARMING BOAT CONVERSION FOR DOC FREEMAN BY BILL GARDEN. PHOTO BY DOC FREEMAN.

ON-TIME IS A BILL GARDEN DESIGN. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

BILL DREW THESE PLANS FOR THE KATIE L WHICH IS NOW THE ON-TIME. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.

PUFFER TUG BY JOHNNY ADAMS SENT IN BY BILL GARDEN.

 

WE LOST ANOTHER MARINER, MIKE CHURCH. I WAS TOLD HE DIED IN SEWARD, ALASKA AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A CRANE ACCIDENT. AT THE TIME HE WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE TUG AIRES. MIKE WAS BORN ON MARCH 1, 1945. HE WAS IN THE MARINE BUSINESS ALL HIS LIFE, RETIRED FROM THE U.S. NAVY RESERVES AS A COMMANDER. I KNEW MIKE AND HIS DAD, ART, FOREVER. HIS DAD HAD ASSOCIATED MARINE SERVICES. I BOUGHT A SURPLUS NOAA OCEAN SEINE SKIFF FROM MIKE AND HE PUT AN 8V-71 IN IT. WE CALLED HER THE STINGER.  THE TUG THAT MIKE WAS CAPTAIN OF, THE AIRES, APPARENTLY CONTINUED ON HER VOYAGE TO ALASKA AND SANK OFF ST. PAUL ISLAND AND ALL FOUR CREW MEMBERS GOT OFF ON THE BARGE THAT SHE WAS TOWING AND WERE RESCUED BY A COAST GUARD HELICOPTER.

MIKE CHURCH ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE.

PHOTO OF ART CHURCH, MIKE'S WIFE LYNNE, ART'S WIFE MARTHA AND MIKE CHURCH AS A YOUNG FELLOW ON BOARD THE EL PRIMERO. PHOTO MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION

 

Old time friend, Ron Eader, crossed the bar June 6, 2011. He was 87 years old.  My dad, Doc, said that Ron was the best insurance man he had ever had. Ron was prinicpal owner of Dougan, Eader, Reynolds and Wheeler and past president of Rollins, Burdick and Hunter. We of course had him insure our marine business - he was a super guy and I remember him telling me that I had to make up my mind as to what business that I wanted to be in. I told him that I wanted to buy and sell boats and equipment, sell boats on consignment, have marine properties and of course run a tugboat company on the side - that was as close as I could make up my mind. He was a good guy and a gentleman.

RON EADER. PHOTO FROM MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.

 

OUR MAN IN COOS BAY BOB RICHARDSON.

HERE IS BOB AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR GAYLE COMMON'S. BOB GAVE THE MIKIMIKI NAME BOARD TO CAPT. CHRIS COMMON WHOSE DAD, JIM, USED TO RUN HER. THAT IS ABOUT AS FAMOUS A NAMEBOARD AS YOU CAN HAVE. BOB HAS THE SUN GLASSES ON. BOB DIDN'T TAKE THE PICTURE.

COOS BAY OUT OF WATER NOTICE THAT SHE HAS A BIG MONKEY RUDDER AHEAD OF THE PROPELLER. THAT REALLY MAKES THEM HANDLE GOOD. OUR DIXIE HAS ONE AND THE STANDFAST HAS ONE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

COOS BAY COMING IN TO PICK UP BOB. NOTICE HER PORTLIGHTS SHE WAS BUILT WITH WINDOWS BUT A BIG WAVE TOOK THEM OUT SO THEY CHANGED HER TO ALL PORT HOLES ACROSS THE FRONT. HER SISTER THE NORTHBEND WAS BUILT WITH ALL PORTLIGHTS AFTER THE EXPERIENCE WITH THE COOS BAY. ITS HILLY COUNTRY. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON

MARINE RETRIEVER HEADED FOR SAN FRANCISCO TO PICK UP A COUPLE OF OLD SHIPS TO TOW TO BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS FOR SCRAPPING. SHE BELONGS TO JERRY WHITE. CHRIS COMMON IS HER NORMAL CAPTAIN BUT HE STAYED HOME FOR GAYLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

SAUSE SOLD THE ROUGHNECK TO JERRY WHITE AND SHE IS ON THE SAME TOW AS THE MARINE RETRIEVER. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

GEORGE WALES & CHRIS COMMON. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

OUR MAN IN NANIMO DON MEDFORTH.

DON MEDFORTH.

CANADIAN STEAM TUG HARO. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG HAROLD A JONES. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUGS ISLAND CHIEF & ISLAND MASTER ON TRIAL RUN. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG ISLAND KING. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG ISLAND MARINER. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

THE GREAT PHOTOS ABOVE ARE SENT FROM DON MEDFORTH FROM HIS DAD, GORDON’S, COLLECTION. WE DON’T KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER. THANKS DON.

ART ANDERSON: OUR MAN IN SECHELT B.C.

 HE SENDS PICTURES OF A GRAVEL BARGE HITTING THE QUEENS BOROUGH BRIDGE, THE PACIFIC YELLOWFIN IN DRY DOCK AND HIS TUG THE GLENDEVON. THANKS ART.

ART AND HIS MODEL OF THE GLENDEVON. ART DIDN'T TAKE THE PHOTO.

KEN MACKENZIE AND HER BARGE. SENT IN BY ART ANDERSON.

QUEENS BOROUGH BRIDGE ALLISION. SENT IN BY ART ANDERSON.

ANOTHER VIEW.

PACIFIC YELLOWFIN IN DRYDOCK. SHE WAS A U.S. ARMY WOOD FS 114 FEET LONG. PHOTO BY ART ANDERSON.

PACIFIC YELLOW FIN'S BLUNT END. PHOTO BY ART ANDERSON.

GLENDEVON PASSING CLOCK ROCK. THANKS FOR ALL THE PHOTOS ART.

OUR MAN FROM OLYMPIA AND LACONNER SCOTT SCHOCH.

SCOTT REALLY GETS AROUND WORKING FOR DUNLAP. PART OF THIS SET OF PHOTOS HE TOOK IN COOS BAY FROM THE MANFRED NYSTROM; THE OTHERS ARE IN ALASKA . THANKS SCOTT.

SCOTT WAY UP ON MOUNT BALLYHOO AT DUTCH. HE DIDN'T TAKE THE PICTURE.

MANFRED NYSTROM MAKING THE RAILROAD BRIDGE IN COOS BAY. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

WESTERN STAR WITH DUNLAP DUSTY. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

CAPTAIN LOUIE IN COOS BAY. YOU WOULD HAVE TO GET FLIGHT PAY TO WORK ON HER BUT WHAT A VIEW. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

ABANDONED IN ALASKA LOOKS LIKE AN LCM LANDING BARGE THAT OUTLIVED ITS USEFULLNESS. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

LOOKS LIKE A CHRYSLER CROWN 115 H.P. THAT HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO. THANKS SCOTT.

OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND STAN WILLHIGHT: SENDS ON MORE PHOTOS.

UMPQUA RIVER LIGHTHOUSE LENS 9-20-2010. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

36 FOOT COAST GUARD MOTOR LIFEBOAT OUT OF SERVICE ON DISPLAY AT UMPQUA. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

SUPERIOR AT FISHERMAN'S TERMINAL. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO. 4-14-1978

USCG MODOC AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK 12-21-77. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

MARTHA FOSS AT DECEPTION PASS. 3-7-1991. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF THE SMALL TUG ASSISTING THE MARTHA FOSS? STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO. THANKS FOR ALL THE PICTURES STAN AND THANK YOU FOR THE PACKAGE - MORE ON THAT NEXT TIME.

 OUR MAN IN MOSES LAKE CARL WEBER:  SENDS ON GRAYS HARBOR PICTURES AS WELL AS SEATTLE  PICTURES.

FRED DAHL'S TUGS LAYING AT NORTHLAKE. THEY ARE: ON THE OUTSIDE THE DOUBLE EAGLE, JUST INSIDE HER IS THE OCEAN EAGLE BEHIND HER IS THE NEPTUNE AND ALONGSIDE HER IS THE DRIFTWOOD MAY 1 2003. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

EX-U.S. ARMY ST 2130 AT WESTPORT, WA. THEY CAME WITH A 6OO H.P. ATLAS DIESEL. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

 

MARY ROSE BRUSCO 3- 1996 AT HOQUIAM, WA. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

 

BOW ON VIEW OF MARY ROSE BRUSCO MARCH 1996. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

 

MANSON TUG PETER M AT GRAYS HARBOR JANUARY 2003. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

 

CAPTAIN HAROLD AT SEAPORT DOCK IN ABDERDEEN, WA. SHE IS A KNUTSEN TUG OUT OF COOS BAY. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

 

TUG ASTORIA OF PORTLAND, OR. AT LUMBER MILL ON THE CHEHALIS RIVER SUMMER 1999. PHOTO BY CARL WEBER. CARL THANKS FOR SENDING OVER THE NEAT PICTURES.

 

BOB SHREWSBURY,SR., ONE OF OUR MEN AT WESTERN TOWBOAT (ALONG WITH RIC AND BOB) SENDS ON GREAT PHOTOS OF TWO WESTERN TUGS GETTING UNDERWAY WITH GIANT OIL DRILLING RIG FROM DUTCH HARBOR. HER NAME IS KULLUK AND SHE IS OWNED BY SHELL OIL. THE PICTURES WERE TAKEN BY JARED DAVIS. THANKS BOB.

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KULLUK GETTING READY TO GO. JARED DAVIS PHOTO FROM BOB SHREWSBURY, SR.

BIG RAISED DECK WESTERN TUG OCEAN TITAN BACKING ON KULLUK. PHOTO BY JARED DAVIS.

KULLUK AWAY FROM DOCK. JARED DAVIS PHOTO.

KULLUK IN TOW. JARED DAVIS PHOTO.

 UPDATE:  ON JULY 5th THE  OCEAN TITAN 5500 H.P. IS PULLING ON ONE CORNER OF THE OIL RIG AND THE NANKUK, AN OIL BOAT, 6000 H.P. IS PULLING ON THE OTHER CORNER. THE WESTERN TUG, OCEAN RANGER, IS THE SAFETY BOAT. THEY ARE MAKING 5 KNOTS AND HAVE 1300 MILES TO GO AND THEIR E.T.A. IS BETWEEN JULY 21 AND 25TH IN SEATTLE. INFO FROM CAPTAIN RIC SHREWSBURY.

RIC OF WESTERN TOWBOAT TELLS ME THAT HE HAS HIS TUG FEARLESS FOR SALE. SOMEONE WILL GET A GREAT TUG WITH A HEAVY DUTY WASHINGTON 4 CYLINDER 160 H.P. THAT MAKES THE GREATEST SOUNDS WHEN ITS RUNNING. SHE IS FOR SALE FOR $75,000.

TUG FEARLESS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

      Thanks to all that sent in photos and tales so that I can share the history one photo at a time.

                                  YOUR MAN & GAL IN SEATTLE.

                                    FAIRTIDE (HAWKEYE) MARK AND MARGIE FREEMAN.

PS:   HERE ARE A COUPLE OF VIDEOS YOU CAN CLICK ON. ONE IS ON CANADIAN TUGS AND THE OTHER IS THE SINKING OF THE TUG AIRES IN THE BERING SEA..

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRcJCgs_LZ4&sns=em

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0wWRlF7RVA

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Capt. Mark Freeman’s “RUDDERLESS” for June 3, 2011.

MOORAGE STUFF.

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OUR MOORAGE OFFICE, BOAT SALES AND HOME ON THE FERRY AIRLINE CIRCA 1940. THE COAST GUARD TOOK HER FOR A BARRACKS SHIP IN 1942 AT THE START OF WORLD WAR II. WE'VE NOW GOT A NEWER BUILDING.

  We still have some space available for boats on nice low floating docks, easy on and off your boat and our moorage office for Fremont Boat is at the docks, we have clean rest rooms – one with a shower. We have been in business since 1916. We have one small office in our office building for rent, call Margie at 206-632-0152 she’s in charge. For you sailboaters: Duck Dodge is here with all its fun.

WEATHER REPORT FROM YOUR ON THE SCENE REPORTER.

 It still fells like winter but the sun has made several appearances and it got almost warm the other day. I actually went outside and rolled up my shirt sleves. Tug crews got some great pictures with just a little sun but they report that the wind has never stopped blowing.

LADDERS: Are all in place in the marina – that was a big undertaking I think that we built ten ladders all extra strong of douglas fir.

MEETINGS:  Margie is our political officer and it seems like she is going to at least one meeting a day about the new Seattle shoreline program – boy, that’s complicated, but more on that later.

GOODBYE’S:  Keegan Brown swallowed the anchor and is heading for Minnesota.  After almost four years of fun and hard work, our favorite guy is making sure he has a personal life with his long-time girlfriend, Olivia.  Seems she was accepted at the Mayo Clinic for her residency. Not sure what type of doctoring she’ll be going after, but she’s got a great training ground.  Since there are lakes in Minnesota, we’re hoping he doesn’t lose his touch – we know he won’t lose his love of boats.  So, best of luck to both of you and we’ll see you when you come visit.                        Is this like the old gag of putting your oars over your shoulder and walking east until they ask you what they are for – and then you call that home??

TUGBOAT COMPANY: They Capt. (Preacher) Tom and Capt.(Towline) Erik plus other help have been very busy but the hours are bad. Somedays it is get up at 0430 for the morning shifts. It seems like I had to do that too, some things never change. A big thank you to all our customers, there is no better sound than the phone ringing. Tom and Erik take most of the photos as well as our men in Havanna. I get a few but will take more when the ON-TIME is running. On one of those cold and windy mornings a rowing shell dumped out past the end of the dock. They had the rowers mostly out of water just as Capt. Erik arrived on scene. This one boat who had 3 rowers waved Erik over and wanted him to take them ashore seems like his engine had stopped just after he had some of them out of water. Erik hustled them into the warm pilot house of the General Lee and took off to the rowing club float. They all said how very cold it was, well you can die of hypothermia right here in Lake Union. You have to remember the fact this is a dangerous play ground; ask the gal how cold she really was.

There was a bad boating accident at Camano Head 5 people were going shrimping in a 18 foot boat and it capized and killed two.  OVERLOADED is the only thing that I can think caused this. Too much weight in too small a boat and not reading the weather right. Be careful out there - stick your arm in the water for a few minutes and your wrist starts to hurt – what does that tell you?

WANTED:  SINCE I AM PUTTING A GRAY MARINE GAS ENGINE IN THE ON-TIME, I NEED SOME SIGNS, MAYBE MADE OUT OF BRASS, THAT SAY ‘GRAY MARINE’ –  NAME PLATES WOULD DO.  ALSO LOOKING FOR A SIGN THAT SAYS ‘FORD DIESEL’  FOR OUR SKIFF THE JEEP. CALL ME AT 206- 396-1151 OR JUST EMAIL ME.  THANKS, MARK.

ESCORT JOB WITH ROYAL AMERICAN. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN

TRAVELER AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN

SLAVA AT THE CONTOLS OF NO.2 DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

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CREW OF THE STEAM CRANE FOSS 300. JIM, JOHN AND TOM. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE TIED UP TO FOSS 300 BEFORE LAUNCHING OF THE FANCY CAT AT KVICHAK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

STEAM CRANE FOSS 300 LAUNCHING FANCY CAT AT KVICHAK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE MADE UP TO FOSS 300 AT FOSS TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE TOWING HOUSE BARGE TO SEAVIEW EAST. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE MAKING UP TO K-SEA TUG NOKEA AT STABBERT YACHT AND SHIP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

K-SEA TUG NOKEA IN DRYDOCK AT STABBERT YACHT AND SHIP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH ROLLO ALONGSIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH THE SEA BIRD ALONGSIDE. A WWII STEEL FS, SHE WAS THE " MR. ROBERT'S" BOAT OF MOVIE FAME. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE PUSHING CLAIRE OCEANA. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA TUG NATHAN E. STEWART UNDER BOW OF STARBOUND. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN...VERY ARTISTIC, ERIK.

F/V U.S. LIBERATOR UNDER WAY, GREAT CLOUDS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CROWLEY TRACTOR TUG CHIEF IN BALLARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

K-SEA TUG PACIFIC PRIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

F/V ROYAL AMERICAN IN DRY DOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

WATER CLEAN UP DAY. HERE MARINA MAY IS LOADING DEBRI INTO SACK HELD BY DENNIS PETERSON ON THE GENERAL LEE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

RIC SHREWSBURY HAS HIS FEARLESS COMPLETE WITH DUMPSTER FOR CLEAN UP DAY. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH F/V MORNING STAR ALONGSIDE.ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE UNDOCKING CAPE GREIG AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

KNOT CLASS ON THE STERN OF THE DIXIE BY CAPT TOM (PREACHER) BULSON. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

FOSS 300 PICKING ONE OF TWO ANCHOR HANDLING TUGS BUILT BY KVICHAK FOR THE GULF. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

DIXIE WITH K-SEA TUG PACIFIC PATRIOT ALONGSIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH K-SEA TUG PACIFIC CHALLENGER ALONGSIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

I DID NOT KNOW THAT REAL TUGBOATERS LIKE JAKE AND KEEGAN ATE SOUP! ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

TRACEY CRAIG, NOT EATING SOUP, BUT DEFINITELY A FAN OF IT. SHE WAS COMPLAINING THAT SHE NEVER APPEARS IN THE BLOG. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

NOREEN WITH NEW HOUSE AND ALL REBUILT BY HAL HURLEN. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

THE NOREEN IN THE 1950's PAT AND MERRY STOPPELMAN STANDING ON FORE DECK. PAT BOUGHT THE WESTERN STAR THAT WAS TIED UP BEHIND THE NOREEN. FLO THE OLD TIME SKIPPER OF THE NOREEN SAVED MY LOG TOW ONCE. I HAD THE JERKMORE AND A THREE- SECTION RAFT MADE UP OUT OF LOGS THAT I HAD TAKEN OFF THE BEACH AND WAS CROSSING FROM EAGLE HARBOR TO SEATTLE AND THE SOUTHEAST CAME UP. I WAS FAST LOSING IT AND WOULD HAVE BEEN BLOWN ASHORE BY 4-MILE ROCK AND ALONG COMES FLO, HE PASSES A TOWLINE TO ME AND YARDS ME UP TO DUWAMISH HEAD WHERE I HAD SOME SHELTER. I AM STILL THANKFULL HE SAVED MY A---- BIG TIME - NOTHING LIKE A BIG PROPELLOR. SEVERAL HOURS LATER I DELIVERED MY RAFT TO JOE BOLES AND LYNN CAMPBELL OF PUGET SOUND LOG PATROL WHO I WORKED FOR. BOB SHREWSBURY SR. PHOTO.

 

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE CAPT. MARK FREEMAN ONBOARD THE GENERAL LEE.

 

TOM MEDENDORP AND HIS INSURANCE CREW KAREN AND JESSICA IN FOR A GAM AT THE BIG TABLE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE TOWING HOUSE BARGE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DON'T YOU THINK FOR A MINUTE THAT MARGIE CAN'T RUN A BOAT. HERE SHE IS GOING TO WORK ONE DAY WHEN I WAS RECOVERING FROM A PULLED TOOTH. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. BILL FOUNTAIN CAME BY FOR A VISIT, WE GO WAY BACK - IN FACT HE USED TO TOWBOAT FOR US. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

I BUILT THIS MODEL ABOUT 35 YEARS AGO FOR ERIK AND WE CALLED IT THE RUFUS. I REBUILT IT THE OTHER DAY AND RENAMED IT THE STANDFAST. I SAWED IT OUT ON A BAND SAW FROM  A CEDAR BOARD. PHOTO AND TUG BY MARK FREEMAN.

STERN VIEW OF STANDFAST AND AN" AMY ENG " STERN FENDER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO

JAKE SAID HE KNEW HOW TO ROW THEY DID A LOT OF THAT BACK IN IOWA I THINK. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

ISLAND CHIEF (IN THIS PICTURE) AND/OR THE ISLAND BREEZE GOES BY DAILY WITH HER BIG GRAVEL BARGE FOR KENMORE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPT. ERIK AND THE FATHOM. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

BRISTOL BAY SAILING GILLNETERS - THAT'S WHAT THE FATHOM WAS BUILT OUT OF. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.

HEIDI AND MARINA MAY ON HEIDI'S BIRTHDAY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

BUDDIES: BATMAN AND RAZ. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

TUG SKAGIT IN ANACORTES. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

THIS TROLLER CLASSIC WAS IN ONE OF THE EARLY BOAT SHOWS. I PUT THE PHOTO IN ESPECIALLY SO THAT BILL PAGE OF MAINE COULD SEE HOW IT IS DONE OUT HERE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

JAKE AND ERIK IN THE MUFFIN. ERIK GOT AN ELECTRIC OUTBOARD AND A LOT FENDERS FOR THE SKIFF. THIS WILL BE HIS DAUGHTER'S BOAT SO SHE WILL START TO LEARN THE BOAT BUSINESS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

HERE IS A COUPLE OF TUG MODELS THAT I JUST REBUILT. THE ONE ON THE LEFT I CALL THE NAUGATUCK AND SHE WAS A LINDBERG MODEL OF A COAST GUARD TUG THAT NEVER WAS. THE OTHER ONE IS THE JUDY S AN ST TYPE ARMY TUG. I BUILT TOW MASTS FOR THEM BOTH AND CUT THE STACK DOWN ON THE NAUGATUCK SO IT WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE CORRECT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

OUR MAN IN COOS BAY: BOB RICHARDSON.

ON THE LEFT BOB RICHARDSON AND ON THE RIGHT IS CAPT. GUS BEAUDRY.

SAUSE BROTHERS, NEW TO THEM TUG, THE BLACK HAWK. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

THE FLEET'S IN BUT NOT FOR VERY LONG. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

RUSSEL WRIGHT TAKING IN SLACK ON THE HEAD LINE WINCH. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

TUG NORTH BEND IN A HURRY. OF COURSE I HAVE NEVER KNOWN A TUG THAT WAS NOT IN A HURRY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

SAUSE TUG MIKI HANA. SEE I TOLD YOU SO - SHE IS IN A HURRY ALSO. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO. THANKS BOB YOU ALWAYS SEND REALLY INTERESTING PICTURES.

OUR OTHER MAN IN AGATE PASS: BEN SIAS.

BEN SIAS.TOOK LOTS OF TUGBOAT RACE PICTURES.

CROWLEY’S HUNTER TOOK FIRST PLACE IN THE BIG BOYS CLASS; SKIP’S GALENE – A MIKI – WAS FIRST IN THE MIDDLE CLASS AND PARTHIA CAME IN FIRST IN CLASS C.   WELL DONE FELLOWS!

PARTHIA FIRST IN CLASS C. BEN SIAS PHOTO.

TEAL ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY. BEN SIAS PHOTO.

MIKI - GALENE WAITING TO PUT THE HAMMER DOWN. BEN SIAS PHOTO.

ISWAT  HAVING A GOOD TIME. BEN SIAS PHOTO.

CROWELY'S HUNTER AS PREDICTED TOOK FIRST. LAST ISSUE WE SHOWED YOU HER TYPICAL STERN VIEW WHICH IS ALL YOU GET TO SEE OF HER IN THE REST OF THE RACE. BEN SIAS PHOTO.

 

RANDY AND LINDA FLODQUIST: OUR COUPLE IN ANACORTES.

RANDY AND LINDA JUST TOOK A TRIP THRU THE PANAMA CANAL ON THE MS AMSTERDAM AND THEY SHARED A FEW OF MANY PICTURES THAT THEY TOOK AND THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF US. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

NICARAGUAN ESCORT TUG AZARIAS H PALLAIS. PHOTO BY RANDY AND LINDA FLODQUIST.

YOUR TYPICAL CANAL TUG THE HERRERA. PHOTO BY RANDY AND LINDA FLODQUIST.

COLORFUL FRENCH DREDGE THE D'ARTAGNAN. PHOTO BY RANDY AND LINDA FLODQUIST.

OUR MAN IN NANIMO: DON MEDFORTH.

DON MEDFORTH SENDS ON MORE GREAT PICTURES FROM HIS DAD GORDON'S COLLECTION. WE DON'T KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER, PART OF THEM COULD BE FROM JOE WILLIAMSON OR RAY KRANTZ.

FOSS NO.18 SHE WON A LOT OF TUGBOAT RACES WITH HER SLIPPERY HULL AND A 450 H.P. ENTERPRISE. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG GIBRALTER STRAITS. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG GULF IVY. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG GULF JOAN WAS A U.S. ARMY LT CLASS STEAM TUG 149 FEET LONG. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG HARO STRAITS. PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION. THANKS DON.

 OUR MAN IN SECHELT B.C.:  ART ANDERSON. HE SENDS ON PICTURES  OF BEAUTIFUL MODELS OF THE GLENDEVON AND HER SISTER SHIP.  IN THE REAL WORLD ART OWNS THE BIG GLENDEVON.

ART ANDERSON LOOKS PRETTY PROUD OF THE GLENDEVON. ART DIDN'T TAKE THIS PHOTO.

MODEL GLENDEVON. PHOTO FROM ART ANDERSON.

TWO SISTERS. PHOTO FROM ART ANDERSON.

MODEL OF THE GLENDEVON. PHOTO FROM ART ANDERSON

OUR MAN IN SOMEWHERE EAST OF IDAHO: PAUL BAILEY. HE HAS SPENT THE WINTER DRILLING FOR OIL AND HAS IT BEEN COLD!

PAUL BAILEY IN THE SNOW THEY REALLY MAKE THOSE FELLOWS FROM IDAHO TOUGH. PAUL BAILEY DIDN'T TAKE THIS PHOTO.

OUR MAN IN VICTORIA:  MIKE WRIGHT. HE SENDS ON PICTURES OF THE NEW SEA SPAN BOAT THE SEASPAN RAVEN AND ONE OF OUR OLD FAVORITES THE CAPTAIN COOK – BUT NOT A PICTURE OF HIM YET.

SEASPAN RAVEN. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

CAPTAIN COOK. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

WE HAD A PHOTO OF KEN DENIKE’S TUG CHALLENGE IN THE LAST BLOG. HERE IS A PICTURE OF HER SUNK AND BEING RAISED BY THE FOSS 300 WHICH WE WERE HANDLING. SHE SANK ON CHRISTMAS EVE. THAT WAS THE END FOR HER. I HAVE A PIECE OF HER STERN BULWARK AND HER NAME ON IT. I USED TO WATCH HER TOW A GUT SCOW FROM FRIDAY HARBOR TO ANACORTES WHEN I WAS A KID AND SHE COULD TOW THAT 60 FOOT SCOW FASTER THAN I COULD RUN LIGHT WITH THE JERKMORE, ALL WITH A 125 H.P. LORIMER. TWENTY YEARS LATER I BOUGHT THE FOUR SCOWS FROM THE CANNERY THAT SHE USED TO TOW AND I TOWED THEM ALL IN A BIG STRING BACK TO LAKE UNION WITH THE STANDFAST. I MADE 5 OR 6 KNOTS WITH ALL OF THEM, THEY WERE REALLY GOOD TOWERS. I EVEN TRIED TO BUY THE CHALLENGE ONCE, SHE WAS A NICE BOAT.

CHALLENGE IN THE SLINGS BUT DONE FOR. MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM COLLECTION

  OUR MAN IN CHILE: GREG MALLORY.

 

GREG ON HORSEBACK SOMEWHERE IN SOUTH AMERICA. HE LOOKED A LOT MORE FAMILIAR RIDING THE CANNERY TENDER SALLY S. GREG MALLORY PHOTO.

A WAY DOWN SOUTH BOAT. GREG MALLORY PHOTO.

LOTS OF FRESH WATER IN PATAGONIA. GREG MALLORY PHOTO.

OUR MAN FROM OLYMPIA AND LACONNER: SCOTT SCHOCH. HE REALLY GETS AROUND WORKING FOR DUNLAP TOWING. HE SENT ME 250 PHOTOS WHICH WE ARE WOKING FROM AND JUST SENT ANOTHER SMALLER BATCH.  THANKS SCOTT – LOVE TO SEE THOSE PLACES THAT I NEVER GOT TO.

SCOTT WAY ABOVE DUTCH. PHOTO FROM THE SCOTT SCHOCH COLLECTION

 

DUNLAP'S MALOLO OUT WESTWARD, DON'T LET THE SUN FOOL YOU . SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

CLASSIC F/V VICTORY BUILT WHEN BOATS LOOKED LIKE BOATS. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

THE TUG CREW WILL DINE ON FRESH KING CRAB TONIGHT. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

THE RADAR IS A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE AN EAGLES NEST OR JUST A PERCH. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

LOTS OF EAGLES WAITING FOR A SNACK. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

POLAR RANGER AND NORTHLAND BARGES. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

DUNLAP'S POLAR RANGER. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

 OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND: STAN WILLHIGHT. HE  SENDS ON MORE PHOTOS.

KNIK WIND HAS THE HEAD END OF A NAVY BARRACKS BARGE IN THE SHIP CANAL 12-30-1977. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

12-30-2011 NAVY TUG ARCATA IS TAIL BOAT FOR KNIK WIND. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

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10-27-2011 LA CONTE AT FVO AT FISHERMAN'S TERMINAL SEATTLE. SHE WAS LOST IN THE GULF OF ALASKA - A HARROWING TALE TOLD ABOUT HER LOSS IN THE BOOK 'THE LAST RUN'. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

10-6-2011 ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE LA CONTE (ex-NARADA) OUT OF WATER AT FISHING VESSEL OWNERS MARINE WAYS. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

9-20-2010 UMPQUA RIVER LIGHT HOUSE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

9-20-2010 UMPQUA RIVER COAST GUARD MUSEUM, IT LOOKS LIKE THE SAME STATION THAT I USED TO LIVE IN AT GRAYS HARBOR. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

9-20-2010 COAST GUARD MUSEUM AT UMPQUA RIVER, LOOKS LIKE THE SAME QUARTERS THAT I USED TO LIVE IN EXCEPT THAT THEY TOOK THE DOORS OFF. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

OUR MAN IN PETERSBERG: DOUG LEEN,  SENT PICTURES OF A WESTERN TUG TURNING AROUND  A BIG CARGO BARGE IN THE CHANNEL.  WELL DONE.

WESTERN TUG TURNING BARGE. DOUG LEEN PHOTO.

 

THIS IS A PHOTO OF WHAT THE A-1 LOOKED LIKE WHEN WE RAN HER HOME. THE LITTLE GUY ON DECK IN THE BLUE PANTS IS CAPT. ERIK; NEXT IS A SKINNY ME WITH DARK HAIR  AND STANDING NEXT TO ME IS OUR WATCHMAN FRANK WRASPIR WHO RODE ALONG WITH ERIK AND I WHEN WE BROUGHT HER HOME FROM ANACORTES. AT THAT TIME SHE HAD A D-13000 CAT 115 H.P.

A-1 IN 1980 PHOTO. MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM.

 

THANK YOU TO EVERY ONE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO SEND ME PICTURES AND HOT SCOOP SO THAT I CAN SHARE WITH EVERY ONE A LITTLE MARINE AND TUGBOAT HISTORY ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. OUR LITTLE CONTEST ON WHO READS THE BLOG THAT IS THE FARTHEST AWAY WAS WON HANDS DOWN BY OUR MAN IN IRAQ - IN FACT HIS WAS THE ONLY REPLY -  HE SAID IT WAS  6,751 AIR MILES. SO HE WINS A FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO ‘RUDDERLESS’! 

I REALLY ENJOY PUTTING THE BLOG TOGETHER, I WORK AT IT ALL MONTH ON AND OFF AND SOME TIMES I FORGET SOMEONES PICTURES. IT TAKES ABOUT TWO LONG WORKING DAYS TO TYPE IT OUT AND I ALWAYS MAKE TWO 8×10 COPIES OF EACH PHOTO. ONE GOES IN THE MASTER FILE AND THE OTHER GOES INTO A 3 RING BINDER FOR THE MONTH AND IT IS ALL ON THE HARD DRIVE AS WELL AS THE PICTURES THAT ARE MAILED TO ME THAT I SCAN IN. SO I WOULD GUESS I SPEND A WEEK A MONTH PUTTING IT TO BED. LAST BUT NOT LEAST MARGIE READS IT AND CORRECTS THE ENGLISH AND THE GRAMMER AND EMAILS ABOUT 200 PEOPLE ON THE LIST. I WENT TO THE OTHER COLLEGE, THE COLLEGE OF HARD KNOCKS,WHERE THE COLORS ARE BLACK AND BLUE AND THE YELL IS OUCH.   RON BURCHETT SAYS THE SAME  NIGHT THAT IT IS PUBLISHED IT IS READ IN EUROPE BY 300 PEOPLE AT LEAST SO THANK YOU ALL FOR STAYING INTERESTED.

                                   YOUR MAN AND GAL IN SEATTLE

                                     FAIRTIDE (HAWKEYE) MARK AND MARGIE FREEMAN

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Capt. Mark Freeman’s “RUDDERLESS” for May 7, 2011/

MOORAGE STUFF: We still have some spaces available for boats under 25 feet. Nice low floating docks, easy on and off your boat and our moorage office for Fremont Boat is on the dock, we have clean rest rooms and showers and we have been in business since 1916. Also we have one small officefor rent, call Margie at 206 632 o152 and remember for you sailboaters Duck Dodge is coming mid-May.

WEATHER REPORT: The worst may be over although last week felt like winter – too much rain and cold, but we have had a day sun - SHOCKING !!!!! I received an email from the middle east from My Man in Iraq and they are expecting temperatures of 100 to 130; wow, I would just melt, so I guess we shouldn’t kick too much.

LADDERS: Only 2 to go but the last 2 are hard to place so we don’t get them where they can be bumped by a boat.

DIXIE’S repairs are complete and she is back to work and everyone is happy that the project is done, especially Capt. Tom who spear-headed the job. BRAVO ZULU Tom.

ON-TIME’s project is about to start. Adair, of AJ Marine Diesel, was showing me the new instruments for the Gray and we have both the new fuel tanks here and the keel cooler is on order so we are getting closer but I don’t think that we can make the Opening Day Parade this year (today) unless we tow her through and I don’t know anyone who could do that.

SIRENS: Margie and I are eating breakfast on our houseboat and we hear this siren. Well usually that means a police boat is coming at speed. Boy, did we get surprised. Capt. Erik comes roaring by about 2 feet off our front porch with the GENERAL LEE laughing like hell and hitting her siren, boy did we get fooled. They had just put the CHELSEA K in drydock at Lake Union Drydock and were hurrying back to Ballard to not be late for the next shift at Fishing Vessel Owners Shipyard. The DIXIE  came by a couple of minutes later but thank goodness Capt. Tom had her out in the channel.

OVER THE BAR: Keith Sternberg, our man on Lopez Island, informs me that my old friend and old time boater Walt Gillespie has passed away. Good guy, we’ll miss him.

HAWKEYE! That’s my new name. Margie and I are going home on the JEEP and I spot this big sailboat in our moorage with no waterline showing. All my alarm bells go off and Margie jumps on board but can’t get in. We go back to the office and call our moorage customer and they come right down and find a whole bunch of water in the boat. Capt. Erik comes down and pumps her out. The nice thing about keeping a boat in fresh water is that if you have any kind of a problem you don’t have to rewire the boat. If you get salt water on wiring you just replace it… and any other fixtures that get wet.

Everyone that runs a tug for us carries a camera; I get some shots but Capt Erik and Capt. Tom take most of the photos, so here goes May’s photos. Non-credited photos I took.

ON-TIME OUT IN THE SUN, FATHOM BEHIND HER. BOTH STARTED THEIR LIVES AS SALMON GILLNETTERS. THE FATHOM IN BRISTOL BAY AS AN OPEN SAILING BOAT WITH NO ENGINE. THE ON-TIME IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER WITH A SINGLE CYLINDER GAS ENGINE, PROBABLY A HICKS OR A STANDARD.

FATHOM IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND CORRECT AND WELL DONE THAT SHE SHOULD BE IN A MUSEUM SO THAT WE DON'T FORGET HOW WOODEN BOAT CRAFTSMANSHIP SHOULD LOOK. JUST LIKE BILL PAGE'S NEW BOAT IN MAINE.

FATHOM - STERN VIEW.

BLUEBERRY AT SHILSHOLE JUST LEAVING FOR SECRET BAY FIVE.

SUNSET AT SB5.

BRAVEHEART (INDY) LOOKING IN THE WRONG END OF THE BINOCULARS. DUMB CAT.

BRAVEHEART (INDY) IN CHARGE OF THE PILOT HOUSE NOW IF I COULD JUST GET HIM TO DO THE BRASS.

WE ANCHORED JUST INSIDE THE POINT ON A FLAT CALM DAY.

CLOUDS MAKE FOR A WONDERFUL SUNSET.

CROWLEY'S HUNTER THE FASTEST TUG ON PUGET SOUND RUNNING FOR PORT ANGLES AT 11 KNOTS - SAVING FUEL.

NOW THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL A WIDE TUG. I THINK CROWLEY BUILT 25 OF THE INVADER CLASS TUG. THEY ARE SUCH A GOOD BOAT THAT THEY REBUILT THEM WHEN THEY GOT TO THE PROPER AGE. THIS IS THE VIEW THAT MOST PEOPLE SEE OF HER IN THE SEATTLE TUGBOAT RACES. MARGIE FREEMAN TOOK BOTH PHOTOS OF THE HUNTER.

BACK IN CIVILIZATION: AL WITH THE CAT IN THE CAGE, MARK & ERIK.

MARGIE HAVING A LITTLE DANCE ON THE DOCK.

COAST GUARD RATE AND RIBBONS ON BLUEBERRY.

RICHARD SEABORN CAME VISITING AND THAT'S ALWAYS FUN.

RAZ AND BATMAN NOT LOOKING AT EACH OTHER - TYPICAL COMPANY CATS.

MARINA MAY FREEMAN HAD HER 9TH BIRTHDAY! BOY DO THEY GROW UP FAST.

GENERAL LEE PUSHING ON K-SEA'S TUGS PACIFIC AVENGER, PACIFIC FREEDOM AND PACIFIC CHALLENGER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE AT BOW OF STARBOUND. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

AL WYLIE ON DECK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

RICHARD'S NEW PUSH BOAT THE MAHELLA JACKSON. IT WAS THE PETER H UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENED TO 10 FEET OF THE BOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

RICHARD'S OTHER TUG, THE CHRISTINA H. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

TWO MANSON TUGS AT FOSS, THE PETER M AND THE GLADYS M. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE PUSHING ON FRONTIER SPIRIT. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE AT HALF SPEED. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE AND JEEP TOWING NEW CONCRETE FLOAT FOR FLOATING HOME BUILT AT THE FOSS TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CRAIG FOSS; SHE WAS AN L.T. AND MIKE PORT SERVED ON HER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

PACIFIC STAR; SHE IS A ROBERT ALLAN DESIGN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DREW FOSS. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

CRAB BOAT NORTHWESTERN OF VIDEO FAME DEADLIEST CATCH AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

LIFTING CONTAINER ONTO KELLY MARIE AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE HOLDING ARCTIC MARINER TO THE DOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

OCEAN HARVESTER AND NORTHWESTERN LAYING AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN'S DOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

STABBERT CRANE BARGE LIFTING A CONTAINER AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE IN A HURRY- EITHER FOR ANOTHER JOB OR LUNCH. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO

COAST GUARD CUTTER ACUSHNET (WMEC-167) NOW A CIVILIAN MOORED AT STABBERT'S, SHE WAS STATIONED AT KETCHIKAN. SHE WAS THE USS SHACKLE (ARS-9) A DIVER CLASS RESCUE AND SALVAGE SHIP. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

GENERAL LEE HAS SIG'S NORTHWESTERN IN TOW AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTING STEAMER VIRGINIA V AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTED TRAVELER INTO NO. 2 AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA;S TUG ALTAIR. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA'S TUG NOKEA. PHOTO BY ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE SHIFTING CATAMARAN AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

HALIBUT SCHOONER TORDENSKJOLD LAYING AT FISHERMAN'S TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

TUG ENTERPRISE HEADED OUT. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE PUSHING CHELSEA K; GENERAL LEE ASSISTING. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CHELSEA K HEADED FOR LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CHELSEA K WITH DIXIE PUSHING INTO THE BIG DOCK AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DIXIE WITH WESTERN DAWN ALONGSIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

PICTURE OF OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, AT THE CONTROLS OF THE TUG COOS BAY.

LOOKS LIKE BOB DID THE BRASS TOO.

COOS BAY FLEET ON A CALM DAY. PHOTO BY MIKE GRAYBILL SENT BY BOB RICHARDSON.

WORKING A SHIP. PHOTO BY MIKE GRAYBILL, SENT BY BOB RICHARDSON.

HENRY SAUSE OUT BOUND WITH EMPTY FUEL BARGE, LOOK AT THE SWELL ON THE BEACH. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

SAUSE TUG ROUGHNECK OUT BOUND WITH FUEL BARGE BOB GETS THESE PHOTOS OFF HIS FRONT PORCH. THANKS BOB.

OUR MAN ON THE CENTRAL OREGON COAST (AKA DEPOE BAY, NEWPORT AND SILETZ RIVER)  GRANT SNYDER.

GRANT IS HAVING WAY TOO MUCH FUN.

THEA KNUTSON WORKING A BARGE. GRANT SNYDER PHOTO.

GRANT WORKING ON THE NEW NOAA DOCKS AT NEWPORT. GRANT SNYDER PHOTO.

DEPOE BAY JOB WITH TUG LOWELL HELPING TO PUT THE DOCKS BACK TOGETHER THAT GOT BROKEN IN TWO BY THE TSUNAMI. PHOTO BY GRANT SNYDER.

TRUCKABLE TUG LOWELL AND BARGES. GRANT SNYDER PHOTO. THANKS GRANT.

OUR OTHER MAN IN AGATE PASS, BEN SIAS, SENT A PICTURE OF THE BLUEBERRY ON THE PICK. THANKS BEN; BUT NEXT TIME STOP IN FOR COFFEE… AND BY THE WAY SEND ME A PHOTO OF YOU.

BLUEBERRY IN SOME SECLUDED HARBOR. BEN SIAS PHOTO.

OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND (GREENBANK), STAN WILLHIGHT, SENDS MORE PICTURES AND TEXT; AND I QUOTE “THE ALLIANCE, ALYESKA, ANTARES, AMERICUS AND ALTAIR WERE BUILT BY DAKOTA CREEK SHIPYARD IN ANACORTES. THE ANTARES BURNED AND SUNK IN 3-82 WITH LOSS OF LIFE. THE AMERICUS AND ALTAIR WERE LOST 2-14-83 WITH SEVEN CREW MEMBERS ON EACH BOAT LOST. THE BOOK  ”LOST AT SEA” WAS WRITTEN ABOUT THE A-BOATS. I PRINTED THE PHOTOS AS A SORT OF PERSONAL REMEMBRANCE, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE BEEN PRINTED.” SIGNED  STAN.      THANKS STAN AND SEND ME A PICTURE OF YOU.

AMERICUS AT ANACORTES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

ALLIANCE AT ANACORTES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

ALYESKA ON LEFT ALTAIR IN CENTER. STAN WILHIGHT PHOTO.

ALYESKA AT ANACORTES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

ANTARES AT ANACORTES. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT, THANKS STAN.

SCOTT SCHOCH. OUR MAN IN OLYMPIA AND LACONNER, SENDS MORE PICTURES OF HIS TRAVELS IN ALASKA ON A DUNLAP TUG. HE HAS US IN DUTCH HARBOR, AS FAR AS I CAN TELL,  AT THE OLD GUN EMPLACEMENTS.   SCOTT SEND ME A CURRENT PHOTO OF YOU.

THE SIGN SAYS RESTORATION OF BATTERY 402 ON UNALASKA ISLAND, ULAKTA HEAD PROTECTING THE ENTRANCE TO DUTCH HARBOR. IT WAS IN OPERATION IN LATE 1943. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

OBSERVATION POST. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

A ROOM WITH A VIEW. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

GUN FOUNDATION. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH, THANKS SCOTT.

OUR ROVING REPORTER, BEN FLODQUIST.

BEN IN YELLOW ON THE BRAtt..WAYNE MARTIN PHOTO.

QUAIL (on the right) IN ANACORTES. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO.

FOSS TUGS LANDING A SHIP. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO.

SEASPAN FERRY. PHOTO BY BEN FLODQUIST.

BRATT AND FERRY. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO, THANKS BEN.

HERE ARE MORE PHOTOS FROM OUR MAN IN NANIMO, DON MEDFORTH. THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM HIS DAD, GORDON’S, COLLECTION. WE DON’T KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER; PART OF THEM COULD BE FROM JOE WILLIAMSON OR RAY KRANTZ.      DON, SEND ME A CURRENT PHOTO OF YOU.

ELAINE FOSS; SHE WAS BUILT AS THE LIGHT HOUSE TENDER LARCH AND WAS NOT AS HEAVILY BUILT AS A REGULAR TUG. FOSS BOUGHT HER AND REBUILT HER INSATALLING A 250 HP ENTERPRISE. I PICKED UP A LOG SPILL THAT SHE HAD OFF 4 MILE ROCK AND I GOT TO RIDE ON HER GOING BACK INTO THE LAKE. WHAT A THRILL THAT WAS FOR A YOUNG KID. IT WAS BLOWING FRESH NW AND WE WENT AROUND WEST POINT JUST AS EASY AS IT COULD BE. I WOULD NEVER HAVE GOTTEN HOME IN MY 36 FOOT TUG JERKMORE. GORDEN MEDFORTH PHOTO COLLECTION.

ELLEN FOSS; ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY. BUILT FOR THE U.S. ARMY TRANSPORT SERVICE AS THE L. T. 57 WITH A 1225 HP FAIRBANKS MORSE ENGINE. FOSS PUT A 36OO HP EMD AND DID THAT KICK THE TIDE OUT FROM UNDER HER. GORDON MEDFORTH PHOTO COLLECTION.

CANADIAN FLEET OF TUGS. IT MUST HAVE BEEN BAD WEATHER TO GET SO MANY BIG TUGS TIED UP - MUST BE ALL LOG TOWERS. FIRST THE KINGCOME AND THEN THREE MIKI'S: THE J.S. FOLEY, THE LLOYD B. GORE AND THE ISLAND NAVIGATOR. GORDON MEDFORTH PHOTO COLLECTION.

CANADIAN MIKI-MIKI FLORENCE FILLBERG. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

FOSS NO. 16 WAS BUILT AS THE STEAM TUG OLYMPIAN AND I CAN REMEMBER HER GOING BY STEADY TOWING LOGS IN AND OUT OF THE LAKE WITH HER 200 HP FAIRBANKS AND LATER A 200 HP ENTERPRISE. GORDON MEDFORTH PHOTO COLLECTION MANY THANKS TO HIS SON DON FOR SENDING ME THE PICTURES.

RON BURCHETT OUR MAN IN NORTH VANCOUVER.

RON TYING UP THE BRAtt AT FREMONT BOAT IN SEATTLE.

NANUQ HANDLING A SHIP IN ENGLAND. RAY MALONE PHOTO, SENT IN BY RON BURCHETT.

NANUQ IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HARBOUR IN ENGLAND. RAY MALONE PHOTO, SENT IN BY RON BURCHETT.

TUG FREEWINDS TOWING SHIP SAN GEORGE IN ENGLAND. RAY MALONE PHOTO, SENT IN BY RON BURCHETT. THANKS RAY AND RON. RAY SENT IN ANOTHER SET OF PHOTOS WHICH I WILL SHOW ON THE NEXT BLOG, HE HAS BUILT RON BURCHETT AND GARY KING MODELS.

ART ANDERSON, OUR MAN IN SECHELT B.C.,  SENDS ON THESE PHOTOS.       ART SEND ME YOUR PICTURE FOR THIS COLUMN.

MODEL OF THE CANADIAN TUG BANDERA. PHOTO SENT IN BY ART ANDERSON.

FORWARD DECK OF BANDERA; NICE WORK. PHOTO SENT IN BY ART ANDERSON.

BOB HINKLE WROTE THIS AND I QUOTE " THIS IS WHAT THE MASTER LOOKED LIKE WHEN I WAS INVOLVED IN LOOKING AFTER IT IN THE SEVENTIES. THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN IN 1970. I WAS SKIPPER THAT DAY AND WE DOCKED IN COAL HARBOUR THAT YEAR. THE MASTER RECEIVED A FACE LIFT SO THAT SHE COULD BE EXHIBITED IN THE WORLD'S FAIR EXPO. WE KEPT IT IN REPAIR THROUGH THE 70's. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. SIGNED BOB". ART ANDERSON SENT ME THE TEXT AND THE TWO PHOTOS OF THE MASTER AND THE CREW. THANKS ART FOR HELPING ME SHARE THE HISTORY AND SEND ME YOUR PICTURE.

CREW OF TUG MASTER. PHOTO BY BOB HINKLE, SENT IN BY ART ANDERSON. THANKS ART.

OUR MAN IN MOSES LAKE, CARL WEBER, SENDS ON A FEW MORE PHOTOS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL TUG MEET AT SEATTLE.

TUG CHALLENGE IN FOREGROUND 125 HP LORIMER HEAVY DUTY DIESEL. IN THE BACKGROUND IS THE WOOD FS YELLOWFIN WITH A PAIR OF 320 HP ATLAS IMPERIAL DIESELS. KEN DENIKE OWNED THE CHALLENGE AND PETE WHITTIER OWNED THE YELLOWFIN. PHOTO BY CARL WEBER.

RON BURCHETT AND HIS WATERTANK AND A SELF DUMPING LOG BARGE. CARL WEBER PHOTO.

TUG SALVAGE CHIEFZ; SHE WAS BUILT OUT OF A LSM LANDING CRAFT AND WAS ALWAYS A SUCCESS. SHE COULD BACK RIGHT INTO THE SURF WITH THREE ANCHORS OUT AND RUN HER TOW WIRES ASHORE TO THE BEACHED VESSEL. CARL WEBER PHOTO. THANKS CARL SEND ME YOUR PICTURE.

LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST CAPT. ERIK HAD A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY TO GET A PICTURE OF DON LINDBLAD AT FISHING VESSEL OWNERS MARINE WAYS. LOOKS LIKE HE'S GOT A LOT OF IRONS IN THE FIRE.

THANK YOU TO EVERY ONE WHO SENT ME PHOTOS AND SCOOP SO THAT I CAN SHARE A LITTLE MARINE AND TUGBOAT HISTORY ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. IF YOU WISH TO EMAIL ME SEND IT TO mark@fremonttugboat.com THAT WAY I WILL SEE IT AND YOU WILL GET A REPLY OTHERWISE IT CAN GET LOST .

                GET THE SLACK OUT OF THE HEAD WIRE (TUGBOAT TALK).

                                  YOUR MAN AND GAL IN SEATTLE.

                                            HAWKEYE MARK AND MARGIE

WE NEED A LITTLE CONTEST HERE: WHO IS THE FARTHEST AWAY FROM SEATTLE THAT READS THE RUDDERLESS? SO FAR I WOULD THINK THAT IT WAS OUR MAN IN IRAQ AND I CAN’T EVEN FIGURE OUT HOW FAR THAT IS…

                                                             HAWKEYE

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Capt. Mark Freeman’s “RUDDERLESS” for April 10, 2011.

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUSIN AL.

MY GOOFS:  I published a photo of Chris Johnson and I had him working at Pacific Fishermen. Well I should know better, Chris works for Stabbert Yacht and Ship and he used to work at Pacific Fishermen. Sorry Chris.

MOORAGE STUFF: We still have some moorage spaces available for boats under 25 feet. Nice low floating docks, easy on and off your boat and our moorage office for Fremont Boat Co. is here at the docks and we have been in business since 1916. Call Margie at 206 632 0152. Remember that DUCK DODGE  is coming for all you sailboaters! Also, we have a small 2 bedroom house for rent in the Greenwood area.

LADDERS:   We are still installing them at the ends of each of the docks. Jake and Christian must have built a dozen of them, hope you never have to use them. It’s not that the two Iowa boys are slow but we keep finding other work for them to do first. 

WEATHER REPORT: Rain, rain go away and come again some other day… and I mean it. It has been cold - 40 degrees with rain and wind – markes for one lousy spring. The kids, Tom and Erik, removed part of the aft deck on the DIXIE and it has rained every day on them – makes for tough welding.

EARTHQUAKE:  Japan really got hammered and it’s like a bad dream that never stops. We watched the videos of the destruction from the tusnami and I could not believe the total destruction and those beautiful fishing vessels being swept under the bridge and over the sea wall. Thanks to Art Anderson for all the videos that he forwarded to us. Then you mix in atomic plant melt-downs and some people will never get to go home, it will be just like Chernoble in Russia. Our Oregon and California Coasts took a shellacking. The Cresent City and other moorages got carried away as well as Brookings, Depoe Bay and Coos Bay the pictures were very vivid and frightning. The Alaska quake of 1964 just about wiped out Cresent City. I remember being on the shore on the docks at Crescent City with Lewis Nasmyth and I could not touch the arrow that showed how high the water came up on the buildings – something like 8 feet high.  I remember being in the Coast Guard at Grays Harbor and living thru several tsunami warnings it seemed like I was always on bar patrol when the warnings came in and we had to warn all the sport fisherman to get off the shallow bar. Each time I was always in a bad spot when the big wave was supposed to get there. My timing was perfect but it never happened or I would not be writing this blog. Grant Snyder, our man on the Central Oregon Coast, sent in a photo of what one dock looked like in Depoe Bay actually there are now two docks where, before the wave hit, there was one dock.

SECRET BOX: I waited till my birthday party to open Stan Willhight’s present. As he hinted it was a model of the tug CHERYL ANN but you could have fooled me. I had to get thru all the camoflage and styrofoam pellets until I could just peek in the end and there sticking out of the white sea was the name CHERYL ANN.  Thanks Stan! These are so hard to find and it’s much appreciated. In case you didn’t know, they are from the TV series Waterfront from the middle 1950′s. I have the whole set of videos - thanks to Randy & Linda Flodquist and they are worth watching. I have the articles in my scrap books when she was built as the MILTON  S  PATRICK for Willmington Transportation. Capt. Jack Russel found me  the last one he had played with it as a kid and was still in his attic.

TUG REPAIRS:  Tom, Erik and Keegan, Jake and Christian took the tow winch and the push winch and the crane off the DIXIE so they could remove and replace the steel deck plate that was wasted. Joe the welder and one of Mike Sherlock’s welders helped and Marshall supervised the job. It rained hard every day of the job.  The GRACE works quite well keeping our customers happy when the DIXIE is laid up. DIXIE should be back on Monday, but we’re not saying which week….(Tom !).

SECRET BAY FIVE:  Well we finally got to use our boat the BLUEBERRY.  We have been paying close attention to business during this continuing recession and have not had a day off on the boat in two years. We finally said enough and got three days away. Of course on the shakedown cruise we had several incidents - we always call them voyage repairs. We blew out one stove with fresh NW winds, the new wood stove smoked,  the house bank of batteries will just barely hold a charge over night and we blew a hydraulic hose pulling the anchor; so, we have some work for Adair our Chief Engineer. The best thing about the short trip is that we took our 20 lb. cat Indy – aka Braveheart - with  us and he is a great boat cat you never know until you try a cat out but he was right at home and such fun to have along.

NEED ANSWERS COLUMN:   We have had an inquiry for info on the whereabouts of the tug SEA OTTER (ex-BAER, ex-BEATRICE BEAR).   Where did the American Tugboat Company tug CHICKALOON go?   What were the colors on the Canadian tug QUALICUM.    Has any one seen any Columbia River Bow Pickers for sale?  And, last but not least, a modeler is looking for MIKI plans or plans for WWII tugs like the ST that had 240 H.P. Fairbanks like the PACIFIC FOAM or the CRANE. Reply to my email mark@fremonttugboat.com and we’ll have fun with the answers.

TWO CHERYL ANN MODELS. IN THE CENTER IS THE LITTLE TUG 'BIG AL'.

GENERAL LEE WITH ONE OF DIVERS INSTITUTE'S BARGES ON THEIR MOVE TO LAKE UNION WITH THEIR SCHOOL.

DIXIE WITH SEA BIRD JUST CLEARING FREMONT. SEA BIRD WAS THE BOAT THAT MR. ROBERTS WAS FILMED ON. DOUG LOGAN BOUGHT IT SURPLUS AND CAPT. ERIK TOWED IT HOME FROM KEYPORT WITH THE SOVEREIGN.

MARGIE AND MARK AT THE BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY.

MY PATRIOTIC BIRTHDAY CAKE LONG MAY IT WAVE.

IT DIDN'T TAKE ME VERY LONG TO STEAL THE FLAG OFF THE CAKE (no, it wasn't edible).

WYLIE'S LIFEBOAT RIGHT OFF THE LUSITANIA.

STAN'S SECRET PACKAGE.

WHATS THIS?

IT'S THE CHERYL ANN, NOW ALL SHE NEEDS IS SOME FREEMAN BUFF PAINT, THANKS STAN.

NOW I CAN GO GET A JOB WITH THE AX MEN. LOVE THAT SHOW AND I KNOW EVERY ONE OF THOSE LOGGER-TYPES.

JAKE HELPING ME OPEN PRESENTS. THIS IS THE NEW TOOL BOX FOR THE ON-TIME.

BLUEBERRY AT ANCHOR IN SECRET BAY FIVE.

OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS CAME OUT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.

BRAVEHEART WAS RIGHT AT HOME ON THE BOAT.

MARGIE GOT SOME GOOD SHOTS AT THE NORTH ENTRANCE TO AGATE PASS OF THE NAVY TUG POKAGON AND EVERY BODY WAVED.

MARGIE CAUGHT THE WESTERN RANGER JUST EXITING THE CHANNEL AT SHILSHOLE HEADED FOR THE FRASER RIVER. THEY ALL GAVE A BIG WAVE TOO, WE EVEN FLASH THE DECK LIGHTS AT NIGHT OLD TIME TUG BOAT STUFF.

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE WESTERN RANGER. BOB AND RIC BOUGHT HER IN THE ISLANDS, RAN HER HOME ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND THEN REBUILT HER.

 

HERE WE ARE WITH A SECTION OF THE DIXIE'S DECK CUT AWAY. CAPT. TOM HAS GOT EVERYBODY FULL AHEAD. WE HAD REPLACED THE AFT SECTION OF THE DECK A FEW YEARS AGO SO WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME.

MARGIE BROUGHT DONUTS SO SHE GOT A BIG HUG FROM CAPT. ERIK AND CAPT. TOM.

I WOULD SURE NOT WANT TO MEET THOSE TWO IN A BACK ALLEY IF THEY WERE LOOKING FOR ME.

OUR IOWA BOYS, JAKE AND CHRISTIAN, ARE GOOD WORKERS.

WE MUST NOT BE WORKING THEM TOO HARD IF THEY CAN SMILE LIKE THAT.

EL LOBO GRANDE II TIED UP AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD A K-SEA TUG.

OUR GRACE TOWING UP THE LAST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT FOR THE DIVERS INSTITUTE MOVE INTO LAKE UNION.

OUR GRACE GRINDING ALONG TOWARD THE FREMONT BRIDGE. SHE HAS A 60 INCH, 5- BLADE PROPELLER.

CHRISTIAN AND CAPT. ERIK HAVING A LAUGH ON OUR GRACE.

NEW CRANE AT KVICHAK - GREAT ADVERTISING. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA TUG PACIFIC CHALLENGER. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

OUR GRACE SHIFTING K-SEA TUG TIGER FROM NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. PHOTO BY CAPT. TOM BULSON.

OUR GRACE IN THE EARLY MORNING. PHOTO BY CAPT. TOM BULSON.

CHRISTIAN (aka Easy) GETTING READY TO HAVE HIS BIRTHDAY CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.

JOE THE WELDER AND CAPT ERIK.

CAPT. ERIK AND MARSHALL.

CAPT. TOM AND JOE THE WELDER WITH THE NEW DECK ON THE DIXIE AND PUTTING BACK THE WINCHES.

GENERAL LEE PUSHING IN K-SEA TUG NATHANE STEWART. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

GENERAL LEE PUSHING ON K-SEA TUG PACIFIC FREEDOM. IN BACKGROUND IS PACIFIC CHALLENGER AND THE SEA HAWK. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN

GRANT SNYDER, OUR MAN ON THE CENTRAL OREGON COAST, REPORTS THAT ALL HIS TUGS WERE OK. HE MOVED THEM BEHIND BIG DOCKS BEFORE THE SURGE HIT THE OREGON COAST EXCEPT FOR ONE OF HIS BOOM BOATS THAT GOT HUNG UP ON RISING WATER AND TURNED OVER.

DEPOE BAY DOCK THAT THE TIDAL WAVE SURGE BROKE IN HALF. GRANT SNYDER PHOTO.

GRANT TOWING BARGES ON THE SILETZ RIVER. PHOTO BY GRANT SNYDER.

THE LOWELL - ONE OF GRANTS TUGS ON THE SILETZ RIVER. PHOTO BY GRANT SNYDER.

THE LOGGER IN THE MIDDLE OF A JACKPOT. GRANT SNYDER PHOTO.

SUNK WHEN SHE HUNG UP ON AN UNDERWATER LOG WHEN THE TIDE CAME IN. PHOTO BY GRANT SNYDER.

DON MEDFORTH, OUR MAN IN NANIMO, JUST SENT IN PICTURES OF A BRAND NEW MODEL OF THE CANADIAN STEAM TUG MASTER. A FRIEND OF HIS BUILT IT FROM A RAFT OF PICTURES THAT DON SENT HIM PLUS ONE TRIP TO THE MASTER. WOW !  ! ! ! ! !.       I AM NOT SURE WHO TOOK THE PHOTOS BUT IT SAYS BYRON IN FRONT OF EACH PICTURE – SO THANK YOU BYRON.

STEAM TUG MASTER. PHOTO BY BYRON?

FORWARD DECK OF MASTER. PHOTO BY BYRON?

HERE ARE SOME MORE PHOTOS THAT DON SENT ON FROM HIS DAD, GORDON MEDFORTH’S COLLECTION. WE DON’T KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER.

CANADIAN TUG BERING STRAITS. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CANADIAN TUG COYLE NO. 1. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

CRAIG FOSS SHE WAS LOST IN COOK INLET LAYING PIPE LINES. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION FROM HIS SON DON.

CANADIAN TUG DOLPHIN STRAITS. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION

SCOTT SCHOCH, OUR MAN IN OLYMPIA AND LACONNER, SENT US A WHOLE BUNCH OF PICTURES AND WE SHARE A FEW EACH  MONTH WITH YOU. HE GETS ALL OVER THE PLACE ON THE DUNLAP TUGS. THANKS SCOTT.

HERE THE IMPALA IS HANGING ON TO THE BARGE NAKNEK TRADER. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

CHURCH IN ALASKA. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH. AN ARCTIC FOX?? IN THE RIPRAP. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

NORTHLAND SERVICES IN THE ICE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

STAN WILLHIGHT, OUR MAN IN WHIDBEY ISLAND, SENDS MORE OF HIS COLLECTION. THANKS STAN.

PETE WOECK BUILT HER IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY FOR SAMSON TO TOW BARGES IN THE ALUETIANS. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT 12-27-1977.

12-22-1977 JOHN R. HAYDEN WAS A SANTA FE RAILROAD TUG IN SAN FRANCISCO. MARINE POWER AND EQUIPMENT REBUILT HER INTO ONE OF THEIR TUGS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

1977 MARGARET FOSS CAME OUT OF THE GULF. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

1977 BOYER TOWING'S NORMA H ON LAUNCH DAY AT FREELAND, WA. PHOTO BY STAN WHILLHIGHT.

12-22-1977 FAMOUS LOG TOWER OF POPE & TALBOT MILL CO. - THE P&T PIONEER. FRANK PROTHERO BUILT HER AND SHE HAD A 260 HP WASHINGTON DIESEL. GREAT BOAT BUT STANDING AT THE STEERING WHEEL YOU COULD NOT SEE THE BOW OR STERN. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

MORE PHOTOS FROM BEN FLODQUIST, OUR ROVING REPORTER. THESE ARE FROM WHEN HE WAS HELPING RON AND ALAN BURCHETT BRING THE BRAtt HOME FROM BEING IN THE STATES.

BRATT HEADED FOR HOME. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO.

BIG SHIP COMING OUT OF THE RIVER BEING LED BY A SEASPAN TUG. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO.

ELMORE IN PORT TOWNSEND GETTING A NEW STEM. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO.

TWO SEASPAN TRACTORS HANDLING THE ATAGOSAN MARU. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO.

THE MIKI REALLY LOOKS GOOD IN THE SUNLIGHT I THINK THAT IT IS THE LLOYD B. GORE. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO.

GARY KING, OUR MAN IN NEW WESTMINSTER, SENDS ALONG THESE PHOTOS THAT ULRICH TOOK AT THE BURNABY ASSOCIATION OF MARINE MODELERS. MARG & KIM HAD THEIR NAME ATTACHED ALSO.

THEY CALLED THIS ONE A HAZARD TO NAVIGATION AND IF YOU LOOK CLOSE IT'S A TURTLE. PHOTO BY ULRICH, I THINK.

LLOYD B GORE AND TOW. ULRICH PHOTO, I THINK. THANKS FOR SENDING THESE ON I JUST LOVE THE MODELS.

CARL WEBBER, OUR MAN IN MOSES LAKE, SENT IN 3 PACKS OF PICTURES. THE ONE THAT I CHOSE TO USE SHOWS OUR RESCUE TUG ESCORT PULLING TWO WATER SKIERS AT THE BIG TOWBOAT MEET ON THE WATERFRONT.

OUR ESCORT PASSING THE DOMINION. PHOTO BY CARL WEBBER.

MIKE WRIGHT, OUR MAN IN VICTORIA, WHO HAS THE BEST VIEW IN TOWN SENT IN PHOTOS OF BOATS WE KNOW NOW IN NEW COLORS.  THANKS MIKE.

STORM SPRAY WAS EVCO SPRAY AND SHE USED TO HAVE A YELLOW HOUSE. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

NORTH ARM FURIOUS. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

JACQUES CARTIER BC. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

I KNEW HER AS THE RIVTOW CAPTAIN BOB, NOW SHE IS IN SEASPAN COLORS. WE WERE ABOARD HER WHEN SHE WAS ANCHORED UP WITH HER BARGE BEHIND KETCHIKAN LOADING LOGS IN 1995. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

ARCTIC HOOPER. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

BOB RICHARDSON, OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, SENDS ALONG A GREAT COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM THAT HILLY ( BIG WAVES ) COUNTRY. BOB HAS BEEN RIDING THE BOATS AND WE EVEN HAVE A PICTURE OF OUR COOS BAY MAN RUNNING THE TUG COOS BAY. BOB IS A REAL SALTY GUY; HE HAS BEEN AROUND TUGS AND THE LOGGING INDUSTRY HERE AS WELL IN ALASKA. MAYBE WE SHOULD SHOW A PICTURE OF EACH PERSON THAT SENDS IN PHOTOS. HERE GOES, STARTING WITH BOB AT THE CONTROLS. DO YOU KNOW THE REASON FOR THOSE THICK PORT HOLES?

BOB RICHARDSON, OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, ON THE TUG COOS BAY. PHOTO FROM BOB RICHARDSON.

LINE BOAT BLANCO; HARVEY TEAGARDEN CAPTAIN AND SHIP SURVEYOR IN WHITE HARD HAT. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

COAST GUARD CUTTER ORCAS HEADED OUT AND INTO THE UNKNOWN. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

A K-SEA TUG ADRIATIC SEA WITH HER OIL BARGE. ERIK & TOM SHIFT THEIR TUGS AT THEIR BASE INSIDE THE LOCKS. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

BOB REPORTED THAT THE CAPTAIN OF THE ADRIATIC SEA PASSED THRU THE RAILROAD BRIDGE DEAD CENTER. WORK BOAT MAGAZINE INDICATED THAT KIRBY HAD JUST BOUGHT K-SEA. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

K-SEA TUG ADRIATIC SWINGING BARGE AWAY FROM PIER. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

TECLUTSA PUSHING FULL AHEAD ON A SHIP. MIKE G PHOTO FROM BOB RICHARDSON.

NORTH BEND HEADED OUT INTO HARMS WAY. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

TECLUTSA HEADED UP THE BAY AFTER A JOB WELL DONE. NOW THIS IS A GREAT LOOKING TUGBOAT. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SENT ME PHOTOS SO THAT I CAN SHARE A LITTLE MARINE AND TUGBOAT HISTORY WITH YOU ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. IF YOU WISH TO EMAIL ME SEND IT TO mark@fremonttugboat.com THAT WAY I WILL SEE IT AND YOU WILL GET A REPLY OTHERWISE THEY GET LOST.

                                                  GET THE SLACK OUT OF THE HEAD LINE!

                                                     FAIRTIDE MARK AND MARGIE.

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Capt.Mark Freeman’s “RUDDERLESS” for March 8th 2011.

MOORAGE STUFF:  We have some boat moorage spaces for boats under 30 feet. Low floating docks easy on and off your boat and unlike most marinas our office at Fremont Boat Co. is right here on the dock so most of the time you can get instant answers… and we have been in business since 1916 think of that! Call Margie at 206 632 0152. Or, if you need office space call Margie to get on our wating list for our over water office building. We also have a 2 bedroom house for rent in the Greenwood area. [Just a little busy around the edges.]

WEATHER REPORT: One word about sums it up: cold. Of course along with that it has been wet and windy and between 25 and 44 degrees. Of course Capt. Tom (Deep Sea) Bulson and Capt Erik (Towline) Freeman are still reporting lots of wind in their tugboat operation. Think about this - they routinely handle 200 foot boats no matter what the wind is doing, time and tide and wind wait for no one. Still haven’t heard from Capt. Ric as to what he thinks a big tow is - of course they have 5000 horsepower tugs and that sheds a different light on things.

NO SWIMMING THIS MONTH:  Jake stayed upright and he and Christian have been installing ladders on the ends of all the docks. I got them a pile of boards and all of a sudden I have a dozen nice ladders wating to be installed. Them IOWA boys are OK in my book.

SOCIAL NETWORKING:  My face book account is working quite nicely.  Jake, Christian and Capt.Keegan have all been helping me. Last month I tried to find pictures to go with all the places and companies where I worked and that was a fun idea – I have a few to go yet. I may not be able to pull a picture of Arden and Alan White of Shaw Island Logging and Wil Ritchie who was logging on Blakely Island when I was booming logs for him in 1952 or ’53. The blog is a part of the social network but somhow it always screws up on me, last time it lost 2 pictures when I published it and if it wasn’t for Margie and her smarts I don’t think I could ever get one out. People sent me so many photos of tugboats last month  that it will take me a while to get them all published so I will be putting in some from each person; last month I think I had 58 photos and captions but I do believe in sharing with you one photo at a time to get the history out there otherwise the pictures are no good to anyone laying in some file hidden  from view. I try and get the credits right but sometimes I just flat don’t know.

CROSSING THE BAR: We lost another tugboat fellow as Captain Alan Anderson of Edmonds died.  He worked for both Foss and Crowley and was always nice to me sending me photos of the giant Crowley Tugs that he ran.

We also lost Canadian modeler Doug Allen. Glen Newmeyer sent down a video of Doug’s models which I tried to put on the blog but I couldn’t make it work.  He built great models.

FRIENDS:  I received a nice phone call from my old friend and mentor Albert E.( Nasty)  Morris. Albert was a First Class Boatswains Mate and later Chief at Grays Harbor Lifeboat Station. Albert was on the Buoy Tender CGC BALSAM when it went to the rescue of the crew of the tug NEPTUNE which had a big slice taken from her when the bow of the ship HERALD OF THE MORNING  hit her. NEPTUNE was trying to connect a tow wire. They were working  west of the mouth of the Columbia River. Albert and another Coast Guardsman  Edward Phelps got the crew out of water and onboard the BALSAM. For this he received the Silver Lifesaving Medal and the American Legions Medal of Valour. 

 I was always in Albert’s duty section at Grays Harbor, so I got to do a lot of towing and rescue work for him and he always gave me good advice and lots of encouragement. He was and is a wonderful friend and shipmate. The Boatswain Mates slept on the 2nd deck of the lifeboat station and Morris slept downstairs. Morris only came up stairs for one reason: some body was in trouble. I could be sound asleep and by the time Morris walked up the stairs I would be sitting on the edge of my bed and I would say “Hi Chief, where am I going tonight?” It was always a great adventure if you liked the hours.

CHIEF BOATSWAINS MATE ALBERT E. MORRIS MY FRIEND AND MENTOR. CAPTAIN MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CHIEF ALBERT E. MORRIS ON BOARD COAST GUARD BUOY TENDER FIR AT BASE SEATTLE. CAPT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE TUG 'NEPTUNE'. SHE WAS A WWI SHIPPING BOARD STEAM TUG. THE PHOTO. I THINK, WAS BY JOE WILLIAMSON.

FREMON TUGBOAT HAS BEEN BUSY AS I WILL SHOW YOU IN THE NEXT SET OF PICTURES.

AL AND I SEALING A DEAL WITH THE CUSTOMARY HAND SHAKE. SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE IT'S ABOUT YOUR WORD BEING GOOD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE GRINDING AWAY ON THE BOATS AFLOAT SHOW FLOATS. SHE HAS 6-71 DETROIT WITH A TURBO THAT GIVES HER ABOUT 310 HORSEPOWER. PHOTO BY CAPT MARK FREEMAN.

RANDY & LINDA FLODQUIST THEY BROUGHT RON DOWN SO HE COULD PICK UP HIS TRUCK. THEY NOW LIVE IN ANACORTES. CAPT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

LINDA MADE FRIENDS WITH BATMAN. CAPT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GENERAL LEE TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE SULTAN GOING STERN FIRST; TOM'S GOT HER HOOKED ON. CAPT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

BATMAN ATTACKING CHAIR LEG. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN

TEXADA FIR WITH A TOW IN LAKE UNION LAST MONTH. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN

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ONE YEARS PRODUCTION IN MY MODEL SHOP I SURE HAVE FUN PUTTING TOGETHER THE MODEL TUGS. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

RORY FROM STABBERT YACHT & SHIP PAID US A VISIT. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

PAINTING OF SEASPAN SOVEREIGN IN MY OFFICE. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN

MODEL TUGS: MIKE SHERLOCK BUILT THE ONE ON THE RIGHT. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

CAUGHT CAPT. BOB AND THE HORNET GOING BY. I THINK SHE WAS THE OMER FOSS - ONE OF THE FOSS HARBOR BOATS. WE HAVE THE GRACE; WATERFRONT HAS THE LELA; GRANT SNYDER HAS THE PEGGY AND THE JOE WAS LOST OFF TILLAMOOK. THE SEAPRINCE, WHILE NOT ONE OF THAT CLASS, DID THE SAME WORK BELONGS TO DAVE WELLS JR. THE SAM FOSS WAS SENT SOUTH TO CALIFORNIA AND I HEAR THAT SHE IS LAID UP NOW. I WILL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THE REST OF THEM ARE I KNOW ONE IS IN KETCHIKAN. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

THE BOYS ARE JUST THRU THE FREMONT BRIDGE WITH PACIFIC STAR. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

CAPT.ERIK AND GENERAL LEE ALONGSIDE PACIFIC STAR. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

MAN LOOK AT THAT WHEEL WASH FROM OUR DIXIE - CAPT.TOM HAS HER HOOKED ON. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

BRAVE HEART (aka INDY) OUR HOUSEBOAT CAT LOVES A BIG SOFT BED. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

LCVP LANDING BARGE UNLOADING TROOPS. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

LOVE THE HARBOR POLICE BOAT AND ITS BIG FIRE NOZZEL. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN.

ROME'S ROWING CLUB AT SEA FOR DRYDOCKING AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. PHOTO CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

OUR AX MAN CAPT. TOM (DEEP SEA) BULSON ON THE JEEP. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE GETTING READY TO MAKE UP TO 'WASSILIE B' . PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

SNOW IS ON THE OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS LOOKS LIKE AN AWARD WINNING PHOTO. THANKS TO CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN'S ASTUTE EYE.

DIXIE AND CAPT TOM AND HOUSE BARGE OUT OF SOUTH PARK. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

HOUSE BARGE JUST PASSING BALLARD BRIDGE. PHOTO BY CAPT ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE WITH LANDING CRAFT 'KELLEY MAE. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE SHIFTING VIRGINIA V TO PACIFIC FISHERMAN FOR DRYDOCKING. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE WITH OCEAN PIONEER. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE WITH ANOTHER BIG ONE THE PACIFIC STAR. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN

CAPT TOM TRYING TO STAY OUT OF THE HAIL. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

CHRIS JOHNSON AT PACIFIC FISHERMAN. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE AND GENERAL LEE WITH STEAM CRANE FOSS 300. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN

FOSS 300 LIFTING WINCHES AND CONTAINERS ONTO PACIFIC STAR. PHOTO BY CAPT. ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE GETTING READY TO SHIFT K-SEA TUG SEA HAWK. PHOTO CAPTAIN ERIK FREEMAN.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA TUG PACIFIC RAVEN ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY. PHOTO BY CAPT ERIK FREEMAN.

GENERAL LEE PULLING OUT A K-SEA TUG.PHOTO BY CAPT.TOM BULSON.

GENERAL LEE YARDING ON FOSS 300. PHOTO BY CAPT. TOM (DEEP SEA) BULSON.

IOWA BOYS JAKE AND CHRISTIAN. BOTH ARE LOOKING FOR PERMANENT JOBS - BOTH HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE - AND BOTH COME WITH A GREAT RECOMENDATION FROM US. PHOTO BY CAPT. TOM BULSON.

HERE IS A PICTURE OF SEASPANS NEW TUG FROM TURKEY THE SEASPAN RAVEN TESTING OUT ITS FIRE FIGHTING GEAR. PHOTO BY MITCH PATTERSON SENT IN BY ART ANDERSON THANK YOU!

OUR MAN IN IDAHO KINDA GOT HIS SELF MOVED TO THE OIL FIELDS; BOY DOES THAT LOOK COLD. PAUL BAILEY PHOTO.

HERE IS THE FISHING VESSEL THAT MADE THE BIG STINK IN LAKE UNION. I HEARD THAT THERE WAS FISH IN THIS ONE HOLD WITH A SEALED HATCH...FOR TWO YEARS. BOY WHAT A SURPRISE WHEN THEY OPENED IT. PHOTO BY CAPT. MARK FREEMAN

NOW WE CAN GET INTO PICTURES THAT ARE SENT IN TO ME. FIRST OFF A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO SEND ME PHOTOS. I RECEIVED SO MANY PHOTOS IN THE LAST MONTH THAT I HAVE TO DOLE THEM OUT A FEW AT A TIME. BEAR WITH ME AND I WILL GET THEM ALL OUT. LIKE I SAID, WE ARE SHARING THE HISTORY  ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. I WILL START WITH BEN FLODQUIST’S PHOTOS. BEN CREWED ON THIS VERY SALTY ABLE SAIL BOAT THAT MADE A WINTER VOYAGE TO WRANGELL, ALASKA.

ANCHORED UP IN A FROZEN INLET ON BEN'S WAY NORTH. BEN FLODQUIST PHOTO

NASTY WEATHER. PHOTO BY BEN FLODQUIST.

TUG STIMPSON. DAD BOUGHT AND SOLD HER IN ABOUT 1944 AT THAT TIME SHE HAD A 110 HP ATLAS. MY SISTER, MERRY, AND I GOT THE JOB OF WASHING THE INSIDE OF THE BOAT - WHAT A JOB THAT WAS. I REMEMBER WHEN PAT, MY BROTHER-IN-LAW, HAD THE WESTERN STAR, THE OWNERS OF THE STIMPSON SAID WE CAN PULL YOU AND YOUR JIMMY DIESEL. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW FAST THAT STIMPSON WAS GOING ASTERN WHEN PAT HOOKED HER ON BUT IT WAS NOT PRETTY. PHOTO BY BEN FLODQUIST.

MY OLD TUG A-1 IN KETCHIKAN. I BOUGHT HER FROM CHUCK HANSEN AND REBUILT HER. I PUT A 6-71 ON A 3:1 GEAR IN HER AND TOOK OUT THE OLD D13000 CAT. SHE WAS FAST AND PULLED REAL GOOD. MARGIE AND I GOT SOME REAL NICE TRIPS ON HER. I SOLD HER TO DENNIS DIAMOND. PHOTO BY BEN FLODQUIST.

TUG BEE IN SE ALASKA. SHE HAS A NICE 6 CYLINDER ATLAS THAT KEITH STERNBERG INSTALLED IN HER WHEN HE WAS TOWING LOGS WITH HER. THERE WERE 2 ATLAS ENGINES THAT CAME OUT OF THIS POWER SCOW; ONE WENT IN THE BEE AND THE OTHER WENT INTO THE LORNA FOSS. I THINK THAT THEY WERE 120 HP. PHOTO BY BEN FLODQUIST.

DON MEDFORTH, OUR MAN IN NANIMO, SENT IN 41 PHOTOS OF U.S. AND CANADIAN TUGS. THEY ARE FROM HIS DAD, GORDON MEDFORTH’S COLLECTION, WHO WAS A CANADIAN TUGBOAT CAPTAIN. SOME ARE JOE WILLIAMSON AND RAY KRANTZ PRINTS BUT I AM NOT SURE WHO TOOK THEM SO I WILL JUST SHARE THEM WITH YOU. DON HAS HIS OWN WEB SITE UNDER WEST COAST TUGS WHICH HAS AN IMMENSE FILE ON TUGS. LOOK IT UP - YOU WILL EVEN FIND FREMONT TUGS IN IT.

ANDREW FOSS STARTED HER LIFE AS THE LT. GEORGE M. HARRIS. HER LAST ENGINE WAS A 450 HP WESTERN ENTERPRISE. SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A COLLISION IN GRENVILLE CHANNEL WITH A MIKI THE MACLOUFAY THAT SANK HER IN 1951. PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

 

 

ANDREW FOSS. MY BROTHER-IN-LAW, PAT STOPPELMAN, SERVED ON HER AS THE U.S.ARMY LT. COL ALBERT H BARKLEY. SHE HAD A 1440 ALCO-SULTZER DIESEL. EVERY ONE FELT THAT SHE WAS TOP HEAVY. OSCAR LIND'S DAD WAS ENGINEER ON HER AND ONE DAY IN SOME HEAVY GOING SHE ROLLED HER STACK IN THE WATER. A LOT OF THOSE BOATS WERE BUILT WITH BIG HEAVY STEEL STACKS. MAYBE THAT'S WHY THEY PUT THE TOW WINCH UNDER DECK. PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

ANNA FOSS STARTED HER LIFE AS THE STEAM TUG VIGILANT. MY FRIEND EVERETT ATKINSON WAS CHIEF ENGINEER ON HER AND WE ALWAYS CALLED HIM SANITARY ATKINS, DON'T ASK WHY. HE BOUGHT HER WHEN FOSS RETIRED HER AND SHE SANK IN COLVOS PASSAGE IN FRONT OF EVERETT'S HOUSE. PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

ARTHUR FOSS, FOSS BUILT UP 2 OF THESE HUGE TUGS FROM SURPLUS 149 FOOT EX-U. S. ARMY STEAM TUGS. SHE HAD A SISTER THE HENRY FOSS; BOTH HAD TWO 2500 HP NORDBERGS. PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

CARL FOSS STARTED HER LIFE AS THE SOUND. GILKEY BROTHERS OPERATED HER FOR A LONG TIME BEFORE SELLING HER TO FOSS. MY FRIEND ROB PATERSON OWNED HER FOR QUITE A WHILE. I HEARD THAT SHE WAS LOST RECENTLY WHEN BEING TOWED OUT TOWARD PORT ANGELES. PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENT A NICE COLLECTION OF BOW PICKERS AND TUGS AND BIG FISH BOATS AND A TRIP ON THE OREGON COAST HERE IS A SMALL SELECTION FROM THEM, MORE NEXT ISSUE. HEY STAN THANKS FOR THE SECRET BOX I WON’T OPEN IT TILL THE 15th!!=====MARK

MY 15 FOOT TUG BARF, DON'T ASK WHERE THE NAME CAME FROM. AL GLASER BUILT HER IN 1966 AND I OWNED HER FOR 33 YEARS. WE FINALLY PUT HER IN THE DUMPSTER AFTER SEVERAL HULL REBUILDS. I PUT A BIG 22 HP PALMER GAS ENGINE IN HER. RON FOSSUM IS DRIVING IN THIS 1978 PHOTO. THE TROLLER BEHIND HER IS THE ST. JAMES I TOWED IN FROM DISCOVERY BAY. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

HERE IS THE BARBARA S LAYING ALONGSIDE THE CROWLEY TUG COMET. AMERICAN TUG IN EVERETT BUILT HER TO REPLACE THE PETER AND SHE HAS A PAIR OF 16-V71 SERIES DETROITS. SHE IS OWNED BY DUNLAP AND LAST I SAW OF HER SHE WAS IN DUTCH HARBOR AND NOW CARRIES THE NAME OF SARATOGA. CROWLEY GOT HER FOR A WHILE WHEN THEY BOUGHT AMERICAN IN EVERETT. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT

A ROOM WITH A VIEW - INSIDE THE PILOT HOUSE OF THE MARY D HUME. FRANK MILLER RAN HER FOR YEARS. SHE HAD A BIG WASHINGTON AND SHE REALLY SOUNDED GOOD IF YOU WERE UP ON A HILL ABOVE HER WHEN SHE WENT BY. SHE MADE A MILLION LOG TOWS OUT OF SOUTH BAY. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

THIS IS THE MARY D HUME TODAY SUNK AT GOLD BEACH, OREGON. SAD ENDING FOR A FINE OLD BOAT. CROWLEY SOLD HER AND THE NEW OWNERS TRIED TO LIFT HER OUT OF WATER WHEN SOMETHING BROKE AND THAT WAS THAT. I LIKE TO REMEMBER THEM AS THEY WERE. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

1977 PICTURE OF WHAT'S CALLED A COLUMBIA RIVER BOW PICKER. THEY ARE A GILLNETER AND PULL THE NET AND THE SALMON OVER THE BOW - MAKES THEM MORE SEAWORTHY, AS IT IS VERY ROUGH ON THE COLUMBIA. OUR ON-TIME WAS ONE OF THEM AND THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF THEM. THEY WERE FAST AND HAD GREAT RACES AT ASTORIA. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

HERE ARE PICTURES FROM OUR MAN IN OLYMPIA & LA CONNER, SCOTT SCHOCH. THANKS SCOTT!

AMERICAN NO. 1 AND ANOTHER VESSEL NEXT TO A BIG MOUNTAIN. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

POLAR WIND WITH TANDEM NORTHLAND SERVICES BARGES. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

SOMEBODY HAD BAD LUCK AND WENT ASHORE, PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

WELCOME TO ST PAUL WOW. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH

  GLEN NEWMEYER SENDS PICTURES FROM THE WESTSHORE MALL IN VICTORIA THAT HE TOOK IN FEB. 2011 OF MODEL TUGS . THANKS GLEN.

THE SEA LANE BY AL MASON. PHOTO BY GLEN NEWMEYER

MIKI TUG LLOYD B. GORE BY AL MASON. PHOTO BY GLEN NEWMEYER.

NORTHERN DAWN BY AL MASON. PHOTO BY GLEN NEWMEYER.

NAVY TUG BY JIM ANDREWS. PHOTO BY GLEN NEWMEYER.

GILLNETTER BY AL MASON. PHOTO BY GLEN MEYER.

OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, SENDS ANOTHER NICE SELECTION  OF PEOPLE PICTURES. THANKS BOB & VI.

JEFF PALMER HEADED FOR HOME AFTER DOCKING THE CRIMSON SATURN. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON

CHARLIE YATES PILOT WAITING FOR THE NEXT SHIP. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

NORTH BEND CAPT. GUS BEAUDRY HEADED FOR THE CHARLESTON DOCK. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

GEORGE WALES & CHARLIE YATES PILOTS BEFORE BOARDING THE NEXT SHIP. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

CAPT. CHRIS COMMONS WITH TUG COOS BAY COMING IN ALONGSIDE A SHIP. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

CHUCK FOWLER WAS JUST MADE MARITIME PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR 2011 BY THE OLYMPIA WOODEN BOAT ASSOCIATION. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS AND FINE AWARD AND HE IS IN  REALLY GOOD COMPANY WITH OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE WON THIS AWARD SUCH AS GORDON NEWELL, BILL SOMERS, ROBIN PATERSON, FRANZ SCHLOTTMANN AND OTHERS. CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER. BRAVO ZULU CHUCK.   CHUCK AND I AUTHORED THE BOOK TUGBOATS ON PUGET SOUND SO HE IS REALLY IN GOOD COMPANY WITH GORDON NEWELL WHO WROTE THE OTHER TUGBOAT BOOK PACIFIC TUGBOATS WITH JOE WILLAMSON. I SCANNED THE NEWSFLASH  AND HERE IT IS FOR ALL TO ENJOY.

CHUCK FOWLER MARITIME PERSON OF THE YEAR IN OLYMPIA.

                                                                             KEEP THE SLACK OUT OF THE HEAD WIRE.

                                                                                 FAIRTIDE MARK & MARGIE

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR SENDING ME YOUR NEAT PHOTOS SO THAT I CAN SHARE THEM WITH THE INTERNET WORLD.  WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO SHARE OUR HISTORY —–ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. SEE YOU ON FACEBOOK. CHECK OUT TOM BULSON AND FREMONT TUG ON FACE BOOK AS WELL.

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Capt. Mark Freeman’s RUDDERLESS for February 12, 2011.

Dear Customers and Friends,

 MOORAGE STUFF: We have some boat moorage spaces for  boats under 30 feet. Nice wooden, low floating docks and our office is on the dock at our marina at Fremont Boat Co. Call Margie at 206 632 0152. If you need some office space, you can get on the list by calling Margie.

 WEATHER REPORT: It has been a great winter so far for us; some freezing, but most of the time it has been bright shiny, gray with rain. We did have one fierce easterly right off the Cascade Mountains. Tom Farren, our resident keeper for the east side of Dock 1, reported gusts to 58 and that’s a lot of wind; the cats stayed inside that night. No damage as we always put extra lines on for the winter winds. Our kids, Capt. Deep Sea Tom and Capt. Towline Erik, report that it blows every time that they want to shift a big boat; of course a big boat to them is 200 feet long so you need a little perspective when you are judging the winds. Ask Capt Ric what he thinks a big boat is.

SWIMMING ON THE JOB:  One “casualty” we had this month: one of our Iowa boys, Jake, made the bay so the rule is (and this comes from my log booming days) if the bottom of your pants pockets get wet you have to buy a bottle for the crew. Well, needless to say, his hat floated off. We haven’t decided what brand he has to buy but will let you know and yes he had his lifejacket on - I am a crank about that. No harm done, except to his wallet….and perhaps his cell phone.

IOWA JAKE THERE IS GOING TO BE A PICTURE ON HIS PAYCHECK OF A SWIMMER.

BRAtt GOES HOME: Capt. Ron Burchett finally got a weather break and took the BRAtt home to Vancouver, Canada. Of course he and Ben Flodquist - his deck/engineer  – stopped at Anacortes for a big salmon feed at Ben’s folks house. I hear Ben did the cooking. Capt. Ron reports that it was log towing weather all the way.Ron’s BRAtt almost made the front page of the very prestigous publication TugWorld Review 2010. It also mentioned that two more BRAtts had been contracted for. Nice going.

SOCIAL NETWORKING:   I joined Facebook - believe it or not.  Capt. Tom said it was good for business so I have been slowly learning about how to use it, at my age everything is slow. It’s becoming more apparent all the time that my mother was right I was behind the door when the brains were passed out. Maybe we should take a vote on that one.  

ON-TIME UPDATE:  Adair James,  A J Marine Diesel,  our chief engineer is gathering parts for the On-Time. The fuel tanks are here and he ordered old- time looking gauges and he is looking for an old Gray Marine panel to put them in. We are planning on starting to install the engine in about 2 weeks. What fun!

FRIENDS:  Claude Barrow dropped by - always glad to see Claude. We go back to 1960 when he was working at Rowe Machine Works which was next door to Pacific Fishermen. My dad “Doc” was drydocking surplus Mine Sweepers and other boats there. When Rowe sold to Pacific Fishermen he continued to work there. Claude had  41 years in before he retired. He has brought me some very nice models for my tugboat museum and a drydocking book for Rowe that is so old it has moss on it.

CLAUDE BARROW, OLD, OLD FRIEND.

 BOAT SHOW: The Kids have finished up with the Floating Boat Show at South Lake Union that is quite an undertaking putting that together. I understand that sales were better than last year – so that’s a success story.

PUTTING AWAY THE BOAT SHOW FLOATS AFTER THE SHOW.

RIGHT COAST NEWS: Bill Page in Maine is building this beautiful West Coast troller yacht and he sent me a picture of his Gardner gauge Package. Of course it hooks up to a John Deere but Bill is thinking right. Oh, to have a boat with a 6LW Gardner.  Nice job, Bill.

BILL PAGE'S FANCY DASH BOARD. BILL SAYS THE LEVER IN THE MIDDLE IS NOT THE BOW THRUSTER. BUT DO WE BELIEVE HIM? PHOTO BY BILL PAGE.

WAY UP COAST NEWS:  Doug Leen, our man in Petersburg, sends along a photo of the Coast Guard buoy tender ELDEBERRY - boy it looks cold with the “Devil’s Thumb” peeking out.. She is the next generation looking very much like our BLUEBERRY here in Seattle.

THE SUN IS SETTING AND BOY IS IT GOING TO BE COLD. PHOTO BY DOUG LEEN.

A BIT DOWN COAST:   Kyle Stubs is looking for information on the old tug Polar Merchant so any info or pictures that you may have send them to me. She was a 125 foot Coast Guard Cutter.

A SAD POLAR MERCHANT. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT SHE WAS STILL AROUND, I THOUGHT DAVE UPDIKE CUT HER UP. PHOTO BY KYLE STUBS.

FOREIGN UP COAST NEWS:  Mike Wright, Our Man in Victoria, BC, sends along several great tugboat photos. He also had a couple of videos of tugs and tug models at work. He has an ideal spot at the commercial docks in the channel to get pictures of everything that moves in Victoria.

PEGGY MCKENZIE. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

STORM WAVE IN VICTORIA. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

SEASPAN COMMANDER. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

HOUSE AFT TUG. MIKE SENT THIS AND THE NEXT PHOTO FROM THE BURNABY MODEL CLUB MEET. PHOTO BY MARG & KIM. I ALSO RECEIVED THIS & OTHER PHOTOS FROM THEM, THANKS TO ALL.

GILLFOAM AN RC MODEL AT BURNABY MODEL CLUB MEET. A MARG & KIM PHOTO (I THINK). THANKS MIKE.

GREAT OLD PHOTOS:  Stan Willhight, Our Man on Whidbey Island, sends along 16 pictures of old friends and old boats I used to own and Companies that I towed for making them a vertible gold mine of old photos.

MY GRACE WHEN SHE WAS THE GRACE FOSS TENDING A SHIP LOADING LOGS IN EVERETT. 2-4-1982 PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

CANADIAN STEAM TUG PRESITGE LYING IN LACONNER. 3-19-1982 PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

MARINE EXPLORER IN THE LOCKS 3-18-1982. A MARINE LOGISTICS TUG OWNED BY PETE WOECK. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

DUNLAP'S WHIDBEY IN FOREGROUND. FOSS BOATS ON THE LEFT IS THE JOSIE, A "J" BOAT AND ON THE FAR RIGHT IS THE DELORES A "D" BOAT AND OF THE THREE SMALL TUGS THE ONE ON THE LEFT IS THE SEA PRIDE AND ALONGSIDE HER IS THE SEA BELLE AND I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF THE OTHER BOAT BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE SEA DUKE. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

SAME LINEUP AS BEFORE BUT I THINK THE SEA PRINCE SNUCK IN ON THE RIGHT. SHE HAD A LITTLE DIFFERENT HOUSE THAN A REGULAR FOSS HARBOR BOAT. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

SALLY B OUT OF WATER. MY FRIEND BOB BURNS OWNED HER; SHE HAD A 6-71. 2-11 1982, PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

MANKE LOG TOWER DANIELLE OFF MUKILTEO ON A CALM DAY 11-15-1982. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

ANOTHER MARINE LOGISTICS TUG. THIS ONE IS THE HERMAN W IN THE SHIP CANAL. THEY BOUGHT SURPLUS TUGS AND REBUILT THEM AT THEIR SHIPYARD, MARINE POWER AND EQUIPMENT, ON LAKE UNION. 3-4-1982. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

MIKI TUG ODIN WITH THE BACK OF HER HOUSE CUT OFF. 2-25-1982. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

SEASPAN VOYAGER OFF KEYSTONE IN ADMIRALTY INLET. IT SURE IS CALM FOR THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AT THAT LOCATION. 11-27-1981 PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT

SEASPAN VOYAGER WITH 2 DUSTYS (CHIPPERS) IN TOW. 11-27-81. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

TUG PALOMAR IS STILL GOING. THE LAST I HEARD SHE WAS FOR SALE. SHE HAS A 320 HP ATLAS AND I USED TO DIG OUT LOG TOWS FOR HER IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS WHEN SHE WAS OWNED BY BELLINGHAM TUG. STAN DID NOT KNOW WHERE THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN AS IT CAME OFF A POST CARD. HE THOUGHT THAT IT WAS IN CALIFORNIA WHERE SHE USED TO WORK. I CAN SEE WHAT LOOKS LIKE A CG CUTTER ON THE LEFT, DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE THIS IS? PHOTO FROM STAN WILLHIGHT.

FOSS EVERETT'S SEA DUKE NAMED FOR PACIFIC TOWBOATS OLD SEA DUKE. ONE OF THE NEW CLASS OF HARBOR BOATS THAT FOSS BUILT. 2-4-1982. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

 

THE PORT GARDNER WORKING A RAFT IN EVERETT. 4-9-81. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

MY 22 FOOT TUG CROSSCUT. SHE WAS A POWER HOUSE WITH A 6-71 ON A 3:1 GEAR. IN THE BACK GROUND IS MY STANDFAST. 7-8-81. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

DOCK 2 AT FREMONT BOAT CO. THE LITTLE SAILING SHIP WAS BUILT OUT OF A SMALL BURCHCRAFT BOAT AND THAT'S FRANK WRASPIR'S BOAT BEHIND IT. 7-8-1981. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT. THANKS STAN FOR SHARING ALL YOUR PHOTOS WITH ME AND I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT READ THE BLOG THAT APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO.

A BIT SOUTH LEFT COAST NEWS:  Bob Richardson,Our Man in Coos Bay, sends along more photos from that hilly country.

PAUL BUNYAN HEADED NORTH WITH A FULL LOAD OF LOGS, GREAT NAME. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON. DOWN HOME NEWS: The kids, Capt. Tom and Capt. Erik, are moving a lot of floating stuff around, it seems I have to get an appointment just to say hello; and Margie keeps running off to Olympia to testify before the Senate and House about Department of Natural Resource Bills. Our social cat, Batman, visits everyone. It's reported that he has his own chair across the street at the bar (Fremont Dock Restaurant). The latest call this morning was he was visiting Northlake Shipyard and may have been onboard the ROYAL ENTERPRISE as the watchman called us worried about him. We also got a call from J.J. Jefferson, which is in the same area. That cat has more fun exploring - we see him all over the neighborhood. But we holler for him and he comes a running (never missing a meal) and when you walk out a dock he will walk every foot of the way with you. We had a nice visit with Jim Gilmour I finally got to meet him. Well here is a slug of photos with appropriate captions. Photos by me - CAPT MARK - along with MARGIE, CAPT. ERIK , CAPT TOM & CAPT. KEEGAN. 11 FOOT FRIGATE MODEL IN MY OFFICE.

PACIFIC PRIDE HEADED FOR SEA.

JIM GILMOUR CAME BY TO SAY HELLO.

OCEAN PIONEER IN TOW BY DIXIE & GENERAL LEE IN FREMONT CUT.

GENERAL LEE GETTING ORGANIZED FOR THE DAYS TOWING.

K-SEA'S TUG BISMARCK SEA. A HUGE, GOOD LOOKING BOAT, JUST GOING BY OUR FRONT PORCH.

BISMARCK SEA NOW THAT'S A TALL TUG.

TUG FISH HAWK LAYING AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD.

TUG FISH HAWK AND HER BARGE WAITING FOR THE FREMONT BRIDGE.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM MARGIE. TWO 36 FT LCVP LANDING BARGES MODELS BY KING & COUNTRY.

DIXIE SHIFTING SPIRIT OF YORKTOWN.

DIXIE SHIFTING F/V INTREPID.

DIXIE WITH REBECCA IRENE ALONGSIDE JUST PASSED THE BALLARD BRIDGE.

DIXIE SHIFTING OCEAN PIONEER.

DIXIE SHIFTING ALLIANCE AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN.

DIXIE SHIFTING EX-USCG CACTUS AT STABBERT'S.

DIXIE PUSHING K-SEA'S ATB NATHAN E STEWART.

CAPT. TOM AND HIS WHITE PILOT HOUSE SHOES.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA'S SEA HAWK.

DIXIE WITH K-SEA'S SEA HAWK ALONGSIDE.

DIXIE SHIFTING TUG ENTERPRISE AT STABBERT'S.

DIXIE SHIFTING EX-USCG CACTUS IN THE BRIGHT SUNLIGHT.

DIXIE WITH MARGARET LYNN ALONGSIDE. STILL SUNNY!

SCOTT SCHOCH, Our Man in Olympia (and La Conner) sent us the OLYMPIA  newspaper article about the 2 small tugs from Olympia that Robin Paterson sent in and we included more of his Alaska shots.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON THE 2 OLYMPIA TUGS FROM THE LAST BLOG. THANKS SCOTT SCHOCH.

CROWLEY ATB OFF THE ANACORTES REFINERY. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

FOSS MARITIME'S ROBERT ALLAN DESIGN TRACTOR TUG BUILT BY MARTINAC . PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

DUNLAP'S HERCULES WORKING CRANE BARGES. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

LUMPY OUT WITH GREAT SHOT OF THE MOUNTAINS. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

ANOTHER SPECTACULAR PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

SMALL FREIGHTER AND A BIG HILL. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

DUNLAP'S POLAR WIND. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH. THANKS FOR ALL THE PICTURES SCOTT.

A few more photos for you .

JIM HUCKINS AND HIS TUG LOUIE OVER AT PACIFIC BOAT.

JIM HUCKINS AND HIS TUG LOUIE AT FREMONT BOAT.

BLUEBERRY & VIGOROUS ANCHORED IN DRURY INLET IN 1982. PHOTO BY DOUG & ANNE DEAN.

Keep the slack out of the head line.

                                   Fairtide Mark & Margie.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR SENDING ME YOUR NEAT PHOTOS SO THAT I CAN SHARE THEM WITH THE INTERNET WORLD - WHAT A WONDERFUL  WAY TO SHARE OUR HISTORY – ONE PICTURE AT A TIME. I HOPE YOU LIKE THE NEW RUDDERLESS.

LOOKING FOR THE PLASTIC MODEL OF THE CHERYL ANN AND A BLACK & WHITE PHOTO OF THE CHERYL ANN.

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THE START OF A VERY GOOD NEW YEAR 2011.

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You know the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story? One starts in once upon a time and the other starts in now this is no shit, well this is a sea story.  Margie and I are headed home with our 15 foot tug the JEEP - of course it’ s way after dark. We always have two sets of eyes looking for boats and rowing shells and assorted craft with no running lights. We are half way across the channel and out of the darkness looms this 36 foot sloop, under power, running full speed at least 6 knots but not a running light showing.  I miss him but a minute sooner and there would have been a loud thump. I ran back to him and hollered at him where the hell are your running lights, we almost had a collision.  He says well I just bought the boat and the lights would not work and I had to move the boat. Not even a flash light and absolutely not a brain in his head. Usually I tell them: what you just said is what we put on your tombstone if we can find a body, as the old saying goes a collision at sea will ruin your day. I wish the Harbor Police would get a policy going about running lights and tickets. I see a steady stream of boats going by our front door with no lights or so weak that they hardly show.

We had a wonderful Christmas, Margie got me two LCVP landing barges and men from King & Country for my collection of WW II soliders. I have one of them in the office so come by and have a look see.

The boys, Deep Sea Tom, Towline Erik and Fix it All Keegan have been pushing the dragger fleet out of town; the season begins January 20th in Alaska.   In between shift jobs, Capt. Erik and Keegan ran a load of gravel on their scow 4519 to the south end of Lake Washington - lucky he brought our super shallow draft tug the GENERAL LEE;  boy it was flat in there. They towed the steam crane FOSS 300 down to Le Clercq Marine Construction and lifted a new seiner hull into the water then lifted the engine into it and finally lifted the house on to it. They did a bunch of other shifts some of which I have included here but the ones that happen at o’dark thirty never get recorded.

OUR GRACE ON A COLD CLEAR DAY.

PACIFIC GAVE US A BIG WAVE AS SHE WENT BY.

A BOYER BOAT GOING BY THE FRONT WINDOW.

SEA BIRD WITH A NEW COAT OF PAINT. DIXIE IS SHIFTING HER BACK TO BALLARD.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA'S PACIFIC WOLF.

DIXIE SHIFTING JENNIFER A.

DEBBY SUE AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD.

DAWN IN THE SHIP CANAL.

DIXIE MOVING FOSS RED DOG MINE BARGE NOATAK.

DIXIE SHIFTING STEAM CRANE FOSS 300.

FOSS 300 LIFTING SEINER HULL INTO SHIP CANAL.

GENERAL LEE PUSHING HER GRAVEL BARGE IN LAKE WASHINGTON.

UNLOADING THE GRAVEL THE OLD WAY.

EVERYTHING WAS AGROUND BUT WE GOT HER CLOSE ENOUGH TO UNLOAD.

Raina Clark Managing Editor for Marine Link which publishes Marine News wrote a nice editorial on Ron Burchett and the BRAtt and me and our Fremont  Tugboat Company and my Marine Museum.  Thanks, Raina. You can read it in the December 2010 issue. Raina can be reached at rainaclark@marine link.com.

 In the last Work Boat Magazine there was a big discussion about how the licensing program that the Coast Guard runs is completely screwed up. It takes 11,500 hours to obtain a Master of Towing License and only 1,500 hours of experience and training to fly a jumbo jet across the ocean. Now that is criminal. Here is a Karnac Predicts just like Johhnny Carson used to do on the Tonight Show: soon we won’t have any boats running because  there will be no one to drive them. With that kind of time involved my advice to you is get a College Degree and stay away from the boats. Like  the Work Boat Magazine reported it’s time to sit down with a blank piece of paper and start writing about what it takes to drive a boat. Everyone connected with boats  should be hollering and screaming and throwing a fit banding together to get rid of this kind of govermental overload. This is not rocket science, it’s running a boat or tug or what have you. If you want a rude awakeing find out what it costs to go the schools that the Coast Guard requires for licensing.

 Got a copy of the obituary on Bob Waterman for my scrap book;  I’ve reprinted it here from the Tacoma News Tribune.

“Robert Gene Waterman” 7 -11-1927 to 3-14-2010. Born in San Diego, California and graduated from Bremerton High School. Survived by his loving wife Marilyn; one brother, Richard; two sons, Dayle (Rosie) Orr; Gene (Michell) Orr; one daugthter, Shelly (Mike) Gable; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A Merchant Marine, pilot, cropdusting, airshow participant. He was owner,  operator of  Waterman Tug & Barge Company. Maintained an active lifestyle, working on small engines and motorcycles. He will be missed by his familyand celebration of his life will be held at a later date for family and donations can be sent to Group Health Hospice.” I made a mistake last blog when I spelled the name of one of  his tugs with an ‘e’ instead of an ‘a’.  The correct spelling is MARILYN; after the tug had been sold to Gary Duff it was spelled MERILYN for Garys wife.

BOB WATERMAN AND HIS TUG TILLICUM IN DRYDOCK.

Robin Paterson our Man in Gig Harbor sends along a couple of pictures of the RUFUS & the PARTHIA.

PARTHIA ASHORE; RUFUS STANDING BY. PHOTO FROM ROB PATERSON.

RUFUS WITH LINE ASHORE LLOYD CONINE ON BOW 8-5 1968 AT DOFFLEMEYER PT. PHOTO FROM ROB PATERSON.

Scott Schoch our Man in Olympia who sails with Dunlap sent me 299 pictures and each month I will share some with you.

CROWLEYS' TIOGA HANDLING A SHIP. PHOTO SCOTT SCHOCH.

DUNLAP'S SWINNOMISH WITH LOG RAFTS. PHOTO SCOTT SCHOCH.

ANOTHER ONE OF THE SWINOMISH. PHOTO SCOTT SCHOCH.

SWINOMISH WITH TOW MADE UP. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

YOU CAN JUST FIGURE THAT EVERY LOG IN THAT TOW WANTS TO ESCAPE. PHOTO SCOTT SCHOCH.

Gary King our Man in New Westminster shares pictures of a fast alumiunum Fraser River tug .  Gary builds some of the most beautiful tow winches for RC model tugs. The steam tow winch for the MASTER belongs in a museum.

NELLIE IRENE AT SPEED JUST GREAT FOR BUCKING THE CURRENT ON THE FRASER RIVER. PHOTO BY GARY KING.

NELLIE IRENE OUT OF WATER; SHE IS ALL ALUMINUM. PHOTO BY GARY KING.

NELLIE IRENE, A MIKE FORREST TUG, ON THE HARD. PHOTO BY GARY KING.

Ben Sias one of our Men in Agate Pass sends on pictures of the Star Marine fleet and the NOREEN.

STAR MARINE FLEET. PHOTO BY BEN SIAS.

NOREEN AFTER REBUILD. PHOTO BEN SIAS.

Thor our Man on the end of Dock 4 brings pictures of our cat Batman homesteading his sailboat.

BATMAN RIGHT AT HOME ON THOR & CARRIE'S SAILBOAT. PHOTO BY THOR & CARRIE.

Chuck Fowler our man in west Olympia sent me one of the best photos that I have seen of my old home, the Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat INVINCIBLE. Thanks to the Coast Guard Museum North West. It might have been a Harry Webb photo - it looks like his kind of work,  clear as a bell.

MOTOR LIFEBOAT INVINCIBLE. THANKS TO CHUCK FOWLER AND THE COAST GUARD MUSEUM NW.

Art Anderson our Man in Sechelt sends a photo of the JACK BRUSCO ashore with her barge the PAUL BUNYAN at her stern. Ron Burchett thought it was taken in the central coast of Canada near Butedale.  Ron says that there is a long straight stretch there and in the last couple of years there have been maybe 9 tugs ashore there.

JACK BRUSCO ASHORE. DON'T KNOW THE DATE PHOTO FROM ART ANDERSON.

Ron Burchett one of our Men in Ladysmith sends along many photos. included here are big Ed’s STERLING; the Statue of Liberty and Ron on the Staten Island Ferry;  several pictures of the new SEASPAN tug arriving from Turkey and the new names for the 4 new tractors. The new tug that just arrived will be called the SEASPAN RAVEN, others will be the SEASPAN EAGLE, KESTREL  and OSPREY.  Ron said that on Thursday (1/6/11)  night there was a big fire at Ladysmith  and I believe that four boat sheds burned along with several boats and one boater died of a heart attack while trying to move his boat. Remember here at Fremont Boat no unattended electric heaters!

BIG ED'S STERLING. SHE WAS A SALMON PACKER FOR BRINDLE ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY. PHOTO RON OR GARY - who had the camera?

RON ON THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN THE BACKGROUND. PHOTO FROM RON BURCHETT.

STATUE OF LIBERTY. PHOTO BY RON BURCHETT.

SEASPAN RAVEN ARRIVING AFTER A LONG SEA VOYAGE. PHOTO FROM RON BURCHETT.

SEASPAN RAVEN UNDER LIONS GATE BRIDGE. PHOTO FROM RON BURCHETT.

SEASPAN RAVEN. PHOTO FROM RON BURCHETT.

Mike Wright our Man in Victoria sends along a Twitter photo of two Foss Boats, and the great tugboat docking game. I am not much on simulators (hawse pipe guy) and I sank her first off, then ran over a buoy; I finally got to the fuel dock and topped her off and just made it to the repair dock with 7 % left in operational ability. What fun – no repair bills!  I sent that one all over the country and Hugh Ware said that he blanketed the right coast with it.

PACIFIC STAR & LINDSEY FOSS. PHOTO FROM MIKE WRIGHT VIA TWITTER.

Roland E. Miller, Jr. our Man in La Conner sends pictures from Ladysmith of Mike Wright’s beautiful tug LESLIE ANN and a ex-U.S. Navy tug - either a YTM or a YTB, I don’t have a nane for her yet.

EX-U.S.NAVY TUG IN LADYSMITH. PHOTO ROLAND E. MILLER, JR.

MIKE WRIGHT'S LOVELY TUG LESLIE ANN IN LADYSMITH. PHOTO ROLAND E. MILLER JR.

Bob Beegle of Marcon our Man in Coopeville sent several pictures of the BRAtt in Canada.

BRAtt BEING REALLY PUSHY. PHOTO FROM BOB BEEGLE.

Bob Richardson our Man in Coos Bay sends us thrilling pictures of the  hilly country called Coos Bay. Boy is it rough out there and for the  boats trying to get in and out Coos Bay. You can see the surf breaking just out side of the tugs as they go past Bob & Vi’s home.

DUNLAP'S MANFRED NYSTROM HEADED OUT WITH CHIP BARGE. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

GUS BEAUDRY HEADS OUT ON NORTH BEND. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

MANFRED NYSTROM LOOKING FOR MORE CHIPS. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

BLANCO RUNNING LINES IN TIGHT QUARTERS WITH THE WIND BLOWING AND THE TIDE RUNNING, HENRY TEAGARDEN BARKING ORDERS. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

SAUSE BROS. TUG HENRY SR. BUILT IN 1968 AS SINGLE SCREW REBUILT IN 2003 AS TWIN SCREW TOTAL 4000 HP. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

DUNLAP'S TAURUS HEADED NORTH WITH CHIP BARGE. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

AMERICAN BUCKET DREDGE PATRIOT; H BRUSCO TOWING ASSISTED BY CAPT. LOUIE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

HEIDI L. BRUSCO OUTBOUND WITH EMPTY LOG BARGE. LOOK AT THE WAVES BREAKING IN THE SHALLOWS, IT'S HILLY COUNTRY. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

SALISHAN OUT BOUND WITH EMPTY FUEL BARGE. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

WE HAVE BOAT MOORAGE AVAILABLE FOR 25′ OR UNDER.  WANTED:  PLASTIC MODEL OF THE TUG CHERYL ANN.  WE TOW ANY WHERE ON PUGET SOUND AND HAVE BEEN DOING SO SINCE 1915. WE ARE THE MINI-TUG SERVICE. TUGS AVAILABLE FROM 15 FEET TO 5O FEET.  Send us your tug boat photos old or new.

KEEP THE SLACK OUT OF THE HEAD LINE.                FAIRTIDE MARK & MARGIE

P.S.: believe it or not, I finally joined Facebook … Capt. Tom made me do it.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Season is sure busy and fun too. Margie and Erik both have birthdays in December; Erik turned the  big 40 and Margie looks like she is way younger than her real age.  Margie and I celebrated our 26th anniversary at the end of November, so we get a running start at the Christmas Season.  We love the lights, music and nonsense that goes along with it all.

We have lost a few people: Bob Waterman died last March and I just found out about it. Dorothy Mackenzie, the Queen of  Pitt River, passed away in Canada in November. I can’t really believe this but my dad, Doc, passed away when he was 60 and  has been gone since December 1963 – 47 years ago.

TILLICUM, ONE OF BOB WATERMAN'S TUGS.

MERILYN IN FRONT AND TILLICUM IN BACK - MORE OF BOB'S TUGS.

PLUMAS - ANOTHER ONE OF BOB'S TUGS. I BOUGHT HER FROM HIM IN 1984 AND CALLED HER SOVEREIGN.

OUR FAMILY IN 1938 MY MOTHER MAY, MY SISTER MERRY, ME AND MY DAD "DOC".

Adair James, AJ Marine Diesel, will assemble all the parts for the engine of the ON-TIME in January We have  a 109 Gray marine gas engine (L- head so it’s quiet)   Adair found the adapter plate assembly so we can use our 2:1 Borg Warner gear. We bought the green paint for the Gray and with chrome acorn nuts and a little brass piping it should be spectacular. It should swing around a 20 x 15″ propeller.

ADAIR JAMES ATTACKING THE BIG CHINESE LUNCH AT LOUIE'S AND CHRISTIAN IS TOASTING IN THE BACKGROUND.

We took Captain Erik and the crew out to a big feed at Louie’s in Ballard for his birthday lunch;  only Capt. Erik, Tom and Keegan had a tow – so we brought the food back to the office for them to chow down on.   He did manage to stay put for the birthday cake. We had Margie’s lunch (9 of us) at the round table in our office and Erik brought the huge sheet cake so we were all nicely comatose afterwards.

ERIK AND MARK AT THE ROUND TABLE. EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GOOD TIME.

MORE FUN AT ERIK'S BIRTHDAY PARTY JAKE, CHRISTIAN, ADAIR & BIG AL.

MARGIE AND MARK AT HER PARTY.

BATMAN WAS INVITED BUT HE DECIDED PLAYING WAS MORE IMPORTANT.

We had a lot of visitors to Ron’s BRAtt including Raina Clark and friends from the Marine News Magazine. Ron was kept busy taking folks out for trips on her. Everyone was quite impressed and the Corvus lithium battery bank was sure a success.  I made a new friend: Mike Forrest of Forrest Marine LTD on the Fraser River. I didn’t make it to the WorkBoat Show in the south end of town - didn’t feel that good and was scared of picking up something worse from the crowds. Ron Burchett and his son, Alan, drove his big truck to the WorkBoat show in New Orleans loaded with radio controlled models.

BRAtt MOVING YOKOHOMA FENDERS.

MIKE FORREST ON THE LEFT AND FRIEND.

I had Christmas trees with lights put up on the ON-TIME & JEEP & the BLUEBERRY: you have to have that Christmas spirit

ON-TIME WITH HER OWN LIGHTED CHRISTMAS TREE.

Captains Tom and Erik have been keeping busy shifting and finishing up the GENERAL LEE. They moved a shed that was bigger than our barge - that was interesting.

DIXIE SHIFTING ALLIANCE AT FISHERMAN'S TERMINAL.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA'S TUG PACIFIC PRIDE.

DIXIE SHIFTING K-SEA'S TUG TIGER.

DIXIE SHIFTING OCEAN PIONEER INTO BIG BOAT SHED AT STABBERT'S.

BIG SHED BEING LOWERED ON TO OUR BARGE 4519, GENERAL LEE STANDING BY.

GENERAL LEE PUSHING OUR BARGE.

DIXIE WITH SPIRIT OF ALASKA AT THE FUEL DOCK.

Mike Wright has a new job as Wharfinger at the commercial docks in Victoria and sends on great pictures of tugs going and coming out of the Harbour. Mike also sent us a picture of the new SeaSpan tug underway from Turkey.

JOSE NARVAEZ. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

RUSTLER II AT VICTORIA. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

SEASPAN FOAM. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

SEASPAN ROCKETT. PHOTO BY MIKE WRIGHT.

SEASPAN TUG TERMINAL III ENROUTE FROM TURKEY. PHOTO SENT BY MIKE WRIGHT.

Randy and Linda Flodquist, our people in Anacortes, sent pictures from Port Townsend with the ELMORE out of water and the CARLISLE II getting some new bottom paint.

ELMORE OUT OF WATER. PHOTO BY RANDY FLODQUIST.

CARLISLE II UP FOR BOTTOM PAINT. PHOTO BY LINDA FLODQUIST.

RANDY ALSO GOT A PHOTO OF THE NEW FERRY CHETZAMOKA LANDING AT PORT TOWNSEND.

Bob Richardson, our man in Coos Bay, got a lot of great shots of boats coming and going at the entrance to Coos Bay - I believe he takes most of them out his front window.

SALISHAN RUNNING LIGHT. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

JOSEPH SAUSE WITH EMPTY FUEL BARGE. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

SAUSE TUG NAVAJO WITH LUMBER BARGE. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

TRITON WITH BARGE PAUL BUNYAN. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

JERRY WHITE'S TRITON. CAPT. CHRIS COMMON HAPPY TO BE INSIDE. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

DUNLAP'S MANFRED NYSTROM WITH TOW. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON

NORTH BEND WITH CHIP-SHIP. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

COOS BAY TOWING DISABLED STERN TRAWLER FROM OFF PORT ORFORD WITH NORTH BEND TAILING. IT TOOK ALMOST A WEEK TO GET THE NET OUT OF THE WHEEL. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

AMERICAN DYNASTY IN TOW SHE IS SAFE NOW UP IN SIDE. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

CLOSE UP PICTURE OF AMERICAN DYNASTY. SHE IS HUGE: 275 FEET. PHOTO BY ROB RICHARDSON.

Stan Wilhight, our man on Whidbey, got on the new ferry CHETZEMOKA and shares his pictures with us I liked the U.S.Navy band best and a photo of Rozemas newest tug for Kuwait.

CHETZAMOKA AT KEYSTONE. BRAND NEW WA. STATE FERRY FOR THE PORT TOWNSEND RUN. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

FIRST RUN OF THE CHETZAMOKA TO PORT TOWNSEND. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

SPONSORS POSTER ON THE THIRD LEVEL PASSENGER LOUNGE. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

JALBOOT, NEW ROZEMA TUG FOR KUWIAT, IN ANACORTES. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

U.S.NAVY BAND PROVIDED THE MUSIC FOR THE CHETZAMOKA’S FIRST TRIP. PHOTO STAN WILLHIGHT.

Keith Sternberg, our man on Lopez Island, sent along a picture of him painting the bottom of his tug BEE at Gile’s place in Olympia. You can tell by looking at the hull why she was always a good puller. Keith always was towing big log rafts with his little Atlas.

BEE UP FOR BOTTOM PAINTING, STARTED HER LIFE AS A FISH BOAT. PHOTO KEITH STERNBERG.

Sam Simone of Crowley sends along North Slope pictures of dragging a big barge out of the salt chuck before the ice sets in

THREE BIG CATS PROVIDED THE PULLING POWER. PHOTO SAM SIMONE.

LOOK AT THE HUGE ROLLERS AT THE FRONT OF THE BARGE. PHOTO SAM SIMONE

LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE BARGES. PHOTO SAM SIMONE.

IT'S TOO COLD ALREADY. PHOTO SAM SIMONE.

THIS IS AS CLOSE AS I WANT TO GET TO PRUDHOE BAY. PHOTO SAM SIMONE.

Paul Bailey, our man in Idaho, sends along a picture of the tug JACK sunk in Hayden Lake. Looks cold to me and Paul says more snow in November than all of last year… must be that global warming.

SUNKEN TUG AND IT'S WAY TOO COLD. PHOTO BY PAUL BAILEY.

Doug Leen of Petersburg who owns the tug KATAHDIN sends along a wonderful winter photo of a Northland Barge entering the Harbor. He is looking for moorage in the Seattle area this spring.

WINTER IN PETERSBURG. PHOTO BY DOUG LEEN

Art Anderson of BC sends dramatic photos of a ship ramming and sinking a big tuna boat.

GRAND RODOSE HITS THE APOLLO S AT PORT LINCOLN AND CRUSHES HER. PHOTO FROM ART ANDERSON

MESSY ISN'T IT? PHOTO FROM ART ANDERSON

YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SAFE IF TIED UP TO A DOCK INSTEAD YOU BECOME A TARGET. PHOTO FROM ART ANDERSON.

Jim Huckins, our man in Lake Stevens, gave us a picture of him standing in front of a Lorimer  heavy duty diesel being  picked up from a truck  for  his tug LOUIE.  Jim lived on her for years at Fremont Boat. She was a Columbia River tug and I think she operated out of Westport, Oregon. Jim is still going strong at 82 - hang in there,  Jim, so  we get to have a lot more fun.

JIM HUCKINS AND HIS LORIMER.

Gary King, our man in New Westminster (Canada) sent us photos of the funeral for Dorothy Mackenzie. He wrote    “Today at 11 am was the reflection of the life of the Queen of the Pitt River. Dorothy Mackenzie  April 22, 1922 – November 1, 2010.  With the sound of bagpipes,  her favorite melody played and the story of her life began. The crowd of over 1,200 – all the faces of friends and loved ones listened on. In the middle of the Pitt River a quarter mile away was her favorite VIKING KING with her horn blowing in mid ceremony for all to hear. On this day November 15, 2010  not a tug is working on the river, everybody is here.”  Signed Gary King.

TUG NAMED FOR DOROTHY MACKENZIE. PHOTO BY ROD TOMPKINS

DOROTHY MACKENZIE FUNERAL. PHOTO BY GARY KING.

TUG VIKING KING SALUTING DURING DOROTHY'S FUNERAL. PHOTO BY GARY KING.

Wanted: Model of the Cheryl Ann.  And, of course, your photos.

For Sale: Book: Tugboats on Puget Sound ($20).

We have some moorage available and also a couple of small offices for rent - no sign of any let up in the recession. I can remember my folks talking about how tough things were in the Great Depression - they were married in 1929 and then the bottom fell out of everything and I can sure see a lot of the same things happening now.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all.

A 1958 CHRISTMAS CARD THAT I MADE SHOWING THE MOTOR LIFEBOAT INVINCIBLE. THE RULE BOOK SAID YOU HAD TO GO OUT.

Fairtide Mark & Margie, Tom & Erik and Batman, Raz and Indy (aka: Brave Heart) our 3 cats.

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