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CAPTAIN MARK FREEMAN’S “RUDDERLESS” FOR FEBRUARY 22, 2012

BOAT MOORAGE AND OFFICES FOR RENT PLUS ONE BOAT FOR SALE.

 

ANOTHER SHOT OF OUR OLD HOME, OFFICE AND SHOP - THE PUGET SOUND FERRY "AIRLINE".

 
We have some moorage space available for year-around boats, easy on and off your boat on nice low docks with lots of cleats. Our moorage office is on the dock and we are here most of the time. This is a hands-on, old time family business and there arepeople around all the time between us and the liveaboards and the tug company crews that comes and goes at all hours. We commute to our floating home via small tug, so this is not one of those lonely places; the coffee pot is always on. We also have free sewage pump-outs for non-liveaboard customers through a wonderful service called PumpMeOut. We have been in business since 1916. See all the pictures on our Facebook site for Fremont Boat Co. We also have on Facebook: Captain Mark Freeman, Fremont Tugboat Co. and Captain Tom Bulson (Erik’s partner in the Fremont Tugboat Company.)
 
We have a few small offices coming available in our on-site office building (called the O. H. Doc Freeman building). Call Margie at 206-632-0152 or her cell is 206-786-2897 – she’s in charge.
 
WEATHER REPORT FROM OUR ON SCENE REPORTER, CAPT. MARK:
AS USUAL, WE GOT FOOLED IN THE FIRST PART OF FEBRUARY, IT WAS REALLY NICE – THE SUN WAS OUT AND WARMED US ALL UP, BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT IT RAINS AND BLOWS THRU THE FORTH OF JULY. IT’S BEEN RAINING AND BLOWING SINCE THE SUN WENT AWAY.
 
FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY:
THEY HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY THIS MONTH PUTTING THE BOAT SHOW TO BED AND GETTING ALL THOSE FLOATS OUT OF WATER AND TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH OUR REGULAR TOWING, BUT THAT’S WHY THEY ARE ALL YOUNG. WE HAD THE “DIXIE” WATCHING A REASEARCH BOAT DO TRIALS ALL WEEK IN SALT WATER. WE EVEN TIED UP AT SHILSHOLE OVERNIGHT. READ ON  ABOUT THE WILD GOOSE CHASE.  THE NEW MANIFOLD ARRIVED - THOSE GUYS ON THE RIGHT COAST ARE ALRIGHT IN MY BOOK AS LONG AS IT’S NOT FOGGY.

 

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE: A YOUNG CAPTAIN MARK
 

CIRCA 1948 TAKEN AT MILLERS BAY. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT PAUL YITTERDAHL, MERRY FREEMAN, PAT STOPPELMAN, BOB SHREWSBURY AND A YOUNG MARK

 
OBITUARY FOR AL HERMAN
 
I was saddened when I found out about the death of my Cousin Al. We had been friends since we were little kids. He lived just on the other side of the Fremont Bridge and we played together and had a great time until he moved to the country upon the remarriage of his mother, Mary, who was my dad’s sister. Sadly we did not get to see each other so much but I know that everything changes and it is lucky that I have such fond memories. I will never forget the ride that I had in his XK-120 Jag down Interlaken Blvd. at 100 mph - he wasn’t scared of anything. I can remember the crows all flying away whenever we entered the woods at the West Valley Highway to hunt them with our loaded 22 cal. rifles – they were way smarter than we were.
We told lots of tugboat stories between us after all those years he put in with Crowley as Chief Engineer. I think we had the most fun on the big lifeboat delivery trip. My dad, Doc, had bought a 24 foot wood lifeboat from the Government and it was on a ship at Todd’s in the West Waterway. It had a mast and boom, sails, oars and bailers and the plan was to put it into the water so we could row across to Magnolia and dad would send Ray Stickler out with the tug VAMOOSE to pick us up and tow her back to Fremont Boat. Well the boat leaked and one of us bailed and one rowed and the tide was against us and there was no wind to sail. So we rowed and bailed and finally hours later the VAMOOSE shows on the horizoin, our sandwiches were gone and we were tired of sinking. Seems like Ray had clutch troubles on the 50 hp Atlas and it took him several hours to fix it. Al  and I always thought dad was just getting us ready for bigger and better challenges. The lifeboat was sunk to the rails when we got back to the yard. I just want you to know how much I will miss him, he was 78 - a year older than me so of course he always knew more than I did… typical kids. I have included several photos for you to see.
 

AL HERMAN IN FRONT OF HIS DAD, BILL HERMAN'S, BOAT THE "FRIENDSHIP II". MY DAD, DOC, HAD BUILT HER SO TAKING HER TO MILLERS BAY WHERE THE TIDE IS ALWAYS LOW WAS NO PROBLEM.

COUSIN AL SENT ME THIS PHOTO WITH HIS CAPTIONS.

MY DAD, DOC, AND COUSIN AL WITH CAT.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT DAD, MARK, AL IN HEAD LOCK, MY SISTER MERRY, AL'S STEP DAD, JAKE, AND MARY, HIS MOTHER, AT THE LOCKS.

1947 MILLERS BAY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT COUSIN AL WITH AXE MY MOTHER, MAY, DAD AND ME.

 
 

1984 COUSIN AL TOOK MOTHER FOR A RIDE.

AL HERMAN CHIEF ENGINEER ON CROWLEY'S "MERCURY".

COUSIN AL AND COUSIN MARK

TWO COUSINS HOLDING UP THE FENCE 1993.

COUSIN AL AT THE FOSS CUP.

AL HERMAN APRIL 12, 1933 - JANUARY 23, 2012 . HE WILL BE MISSED. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE BELLE AND CHILDREN.

AND ONWARD THROUGH THE FOG: 

"SYDNEY FOSS" ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 
 

TUGBOAT MODELS IN MY MUSEUM. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MORE TUGBOAT MODELS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

CAPT. ERIK TOWING IN DISABLED SAIL BOAT WITH LINE IN WHEEL. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

JEEP & GENERAL LEE SHIFTING "KELLY MAE" TO PACIFIC FISHERMEN.

GENERAL LEE & CAPT. ERIK ASSISTING "BALLYHOO" OUT OF DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

WE SHIFTED THE "WILDERNESS EXPLORER" UP THE SLOT INTO FISHING VESSEL OWNERS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

WE SHIFTED THIS BEAUTIFUL GREEN SAIL BOAT FROM THUNDERBIRD MARINA TO BAKKETUN & THOMAS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO

MORE BOATS AFLOAT SHOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MORE YACHTS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 BILL FOUNTAIN, OUR MAN IN BALLARD, SENT IN THESE PHOTOS.

"GENERAL LEE" AT STERN OF "CAPE GREIG". BILL FOUNTAIN PHOTO.

"DIXIE " BACKING "WILDERNESS EXPLORER" INTO SLOT AT FISHING VESSEL OWNERS. BILL FOUNTAIN PHOTO.

"GENERAL LEE" WITH "KELLY MAE" ALONGSIDE. BILL FOUNTAIN PHOTO.

"KELLY MAE" IS A LONG DRINK OF SOUP TO 26 FOOT TUG "GENERAL LEE". BILL FOOUNTAIN PHOTO.

CAPTAIN TOM BULSON SENT IN THIS PHOTO OF A MINESWEEPER SUNK IN BEHIND EVERETT.
 

SUNKEN YMS.- (YARD MINESWEEPER) IN EVERETT. TOM BULSON PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" SHIFTING "DUWAMISH" OUT OF WAY TO MAKE ROOM FOR "FOSS 300" ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"DUWAMISH" HEADED FOR A TEMPORARY SLIP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 
 

"DIXIE" SHIFTING "FOSS 300" INTO POSITION TO LIFT PERISCOPE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

STEAM CRANE "FOSS 300" LIFTING PERISCOPE INTO POSITION ON EX-NAVY RESERVE BUILDING. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

ERIK EVEN GOT THE SPACE NEEDLE IN THIS SHOT.

PERISCOPE IN PLACE STANDING ON ITS OWN TWO FEET. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" SHIFTING "DUWAMISH" BACK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"DIXIE" AND "GENERAL LEE" SHIFTING "FOSS 300" BACK TO THE FOSS TERMINAL. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

JOHN TARIBOCHIA CRANE OPERATOR WAVING AS WE GO BY THE "ON-TIME". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

MAKING THE FREMONT BRIDGE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"FOSS 300" LIFTING HUGE LOADER ON TO RED DOG MINE BARGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

LAST MONTH WE SHOWED A PHOTO OF THE "TRIO" THIS IS WHAT SHE LOOKED LIKE AS A STEAM TUG. THATS ABNER SUND SITTING ON THE SAIL BAGS THAT THEY WERE TAKING OUT TO A SAILING SHIP. JOE WILLIAMSON PHOTO FROM MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION

"TRIO" WITH A NEW NAME "COMMANDO" AND A NEW HOUSE AND A NEW 500 HP 8-268A GM AND A NEW OWNER PIONEER TOWING. PHOTO FROM MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION

DON HOGUE BROUGHT BY THIS PHOTO OF MY BOAT THE "HMS". THE BUILDING BEHIND IS "DOC FREEMANS" MARINE STORE AND OUR OFFICES AT FREMONT BOAT. SHE WAS A 30 FOOT NAVY MOTOR LAUNCH WITH A 6 CYLINDER CONTINENTAL GAS ENGINE.

THIS IS A WILD GOOSE CHASE.
YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SEA STORY AND A FAIRY TALE IS ONE STARTS IN AT “ONCE UPON A TIME” AND THE OTHER STARTS IN NOW THIS IS NO “S*%#X”.
SO ERIK GETS THIS PHONE CALL ON TUESDAY AND ITS SPENCER O’GRADY, MANAGER OF THE FOSS TERMINAL. SPENCE SAYS “ERIK WE HAVE A CANADIAN HONKER STUCK INSIDE ONE OF THE HUGE STEEL PILING ON THE WEST END AND HE CAN’T GET OUT”. SO ERIK AND TOM TAKE THE “JEEP” AND RUN DOWN THERE ON GOOSE PATROL. THERE ARE TWO LARGE 3″ HOLES  CUT IN THE PILING JUST ABOVE WATER LEVEL – PERFECT FOR THE GOOSE TO STICK OUT HIS BEAK AND HONK.  SO, THEY PLUG ONE WITH A DC PLUG AND START UP THE SCOW PUMP AND STICK THE DISCHARGE END IN THE OTHER HOLE AND CAULK IT UP WITH A RAG. THE PUMP RUNS FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES AND MR. GOOSE FLOATS TO THE TOP OF THE PILING AND FLYS AWAY – TO THE HOUSEBARGE ROOF NEXT DOOR. END OF STORY, MISSION COMPLETE, EVERY THING IS JUST DUCKY (GOOSEY?).  SO NOW, HOW IS THAT FOR A SEA STORY?
 
 

FILLING THE STEEL PILING WITH WATER. TOM BULSON PHOTO.

 

THE GOOSE IS FREE. TOM BULSON PHOTO.

  
 

THE GOOSE IS ESCAPING, HE CAN FLY. SPENCER O'GRADY PHOTO.

 
 
 

THE GOOSE HAS HIS FREEDOM AND IS NOW CAMPED OUT ON A HOUSE BARGE. SPENCER O'GRADY PHOTO.

 
 

ANOTHER EX-COAST GUARD 125 FT CUTTER. KYLE STUBBS ALERTED ME ABOUT HER. MY FRIEND CHUCK BROUGHT HER AROUND FROM THE EAST COAST BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HER NAME WAS IN THE C.G.; WHO OWNS HER NOW AND ANY HISTORY ANYONE HAS ON HER. HER NAME NOW IS "SEA TREK" AND SHE LAYS AT FISHERMEN'S TERMINAL. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 
 

STACK EMBLEM ON THE "SEA TREK" MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

LAST TIME WE HAD A PHOTO OF THE "NORSEMAN". MARGIE AND I FOUND TWO OF THEM TIED TOGETHER. DOES ANYONE KNOW THEIR STORY TODAY? IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT THE ORIGINAL "NORSEMAN" WAS SUNK AND THEN RAISED? MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

  

HERE IS ANOTHER 125 EX-CG CUTTER LAYING AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. HER NAME NOW IS PACIFIC HUNTER. DOES ANYONE HAVE THE SCOOP ON HER? MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

JIM FRANCIS OF LAKE UNION DRY DOCK SAYS THE TUG IN DRYDOCK IS THE "MUZON". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 TOM STEVENS, OUR MAN FROM SMOKEY POINT, SENT THESE PHOTOS OF HIM WINNING A $100. DOLLAR FIRST PRIZE AT THE MONROE MODEL SHOW FOR HIS CRANE BARGE. NICE JOB, TOM!

TOM STEVENS GETTING HIS CHECK FOR FIRST PRIZE.

 

HERE IS TOM'S CRANE BARGE. THAT WOULD LOOK GOOD IN MY MUSEUM. TOM STEVENS PHOTO.

 

TOM'S WORK SKIFF - NOTICE THE SWEDGES ON THE CABLES AND THE RUST ON THE MUFFLER. ATTENTION TO DETAIL! TOM STEVENS PHOTO.

 

CREW WORKING ON TOM'S CRANE BARGE. TOM STEVENS PHOTO.

 

HOW ABOUT THIS TOOL ROOM? YOU CAN TELL THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY FUN BUILDING THIS. TOM STEVENS PHOTO.

 

WORKING ON THE FORK LIFT. TOM STEVENS PHOTO.

 

TOM AT HIS WORK BENCH. I BET SANDY TOOK THE PHOTO.

 
BILL PAGE, OUR MAN IN CUSHING, MAINE, SENT ON THESE PICTURES.
 

CAPTAIN DAN PEASE OF PROCK MARINE CAME INTO BILL PAGES FRONT YARD AT CUSHING, MAINE AND PUT THE SPUDS DOWN FOR THE NIGHT AS THE WEATHER OUTSIDE WAS GETTING TO BE TOO MUCH; SO BILL SNAPPED A PHOTO.

 

DETAILS OF BILL'S NEW BOAT, IT IS SO WELL DONE THAT IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM TO SHOW HOW WOOD BOATS ARE BUILT. LAST COUNT BILL HAD 17 DIFFERENT KINDS OF WOOD IN HER. BILL PAGE PHOTO

CHESAPEAKE BAY OYSTER BOAT "LOUIS R" AND TROLLER "SHAR JOAN". BILL PAGE PHOTO.

 
MIKE WRIGHT, OUR MAN IN VICTORIA, BC SENDS ON THESE PHOTOS.
 

THIS IS WHAT MIKE WRIGHT DOES IN HIS SPARE TIME. THE PACIFIC FORCE. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO

 

LOG SHIP "DRY BEAM" CAME OUT OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER AND TOOK A HUGE WAVE OFF VANCOUVER ISLAND AND LIMPED INTO VICTORIA TO BE PUT BACK TOGETHER. THE WAVE BENT STEEL STANCHIONS AND TOSSED LOGS OVER THE SIDE. "CATES #4 AND SEASPAN QUEEN" ARE ASSISTING HER INTO OGDEN POINT. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

 

NEAT LOOKING CANADIAN NAVY TUG YTM 555. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

 

SEASPAN CHINOOK. SHE WAS A WW II STEAM TUG ATR CLASS. MIKE WRIGHT SENT THESE IN BUT I THINK THEY ARE FROM PHOTOSHIP UK

 

ANOTHER OLDIE OF THE SEASPAN CHINOOK THAT MIKE SENT IN.

 

SEASPAN ROUGE LOOKS LIKE A CROWLEY 7200 HP. ANY BODY KNOW THE STORY ON HER? THANKS MIKE.

 
OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, SENDS MANY PICTURES - COOS BAY IS A BUSY PLACE.
 

CAPTAIN CHRIS COMMONS HAS REALLY HAD SOME ADVENTURING AND I MAY NOT HAVE THIS ALL CORRECT. HE LEFT COOS BAY WITH JERRY WHITE'S "ROUGHNECK" A SISTER TO THE "CRAIG FOSS" AN EX-US ARMY LT AND HEADED FOR CALIFORNIA ON THE 27TH OF DEC. ENCOUTERING BAD HEAD SEAS TO PICK UP A NAVY AKA-12 SHIP THE 564 FT."TULARE". HE DELIVERED HER TO BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS FOR SCRAPPING. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE DUTCH NEWLETTER THAT I GET.THEN HE GOES TO ALABAMA TO PICK UP ANOTHER TOW AND HEAD BACK THIS WAY WITH HER. IN THE MEAN TIME GEORGE WALES IS FLYING TO MOBILE, AL. TO PICK COOS BAY TOWING'S NEW TO THEM 7000 HP TUG AND IT WILL HEAD THIS WAY. SOMEWHERE OFF MEXICO THEY WILL EXCHANGE TOWS WITH THE MARINE RETERIEVER AND FROM THERE ON I AM IN THE DARK BUT BY NEXT ISSUE I SHOULD HAVE PICTURES OF THE NEW TUG AND MORE STORIES. THANKS BOB.

JERRY WHITE'S "ROUGHNECK". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

JERRY WHITE'S "OCEAN RETREIVER". I THINK THAT I HAVE THE RIGHT ONE, BUT EVERONE WILL TELL ME IF I GOT IT WRONG. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

THE "COOS BAY" I WONDER WHAT THE PURPOSE IS OF THOSE THICK PORTHOLES ARE? BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

SAUSE BROTHERS "GOGETTER". DAD BOUGHT HER SURPLUS WHEN SHE HAD TWO 100 HP CO-FAIRBANKS-MORSE ENGINES. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

"COOS BAY" LOOK AT HER SHIP HANDLING WINCH ON THE BOW. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

"NORTH BEND" HEADED OUT TO TAKE PILOT GEORGE WALES OFF A SHIP. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

"JUSTINE FOSS" A MIKI IN COOS BAY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

CHARLIE YATES IS THE PILOT ON THE BRIDGE OF THE CANADIAN TUG "OCEAN WRESTLER". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

"NORTH BEND" AND PARTIALLY LOADED CHIP SHIP "STELLAR STREAM II". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

ANOTHER OLD PHOTO OF SAUSE BROTHERS "CHAHUNTA" ENTERING GOLD BEACH. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

CROWLEY'S DARING CLASS "SEA RACER". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

TUG "BLANCO". HARVEY TEAGARDEN AND LONGSHOREMEN TYING UP CHIP SHIP AT ROSEBURG LUMBER CO. CHIP DOCK. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 
BOB REPORTED THAT THE COAST GUARD CLOSED THE BARS AT COLUMBIA RIVER, QUILLAYUTE RIVER, TILLAMOOK BAY, DEPOE BAY, YAQUINA BAY, COOS BAY AND THE SIUSLAW AND UMPQUA RIVER BARS ON JANUARY 26 2012. I HEARD THAT THE DRINKING HAD BEEN GETTING OUT OF HAND?
 
OUR MAN FROM WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENDS ON MORE GREAT OLD PHOTOS OF TUGBOATS !!!!
 

E.B.MacNAUGHTON 2-21-1985 AT TACOMA. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

 

"SEASPAN MONARCH" OFF PORT TOWNSEND 8-29-2011. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

"SEASPAN MONARCH" STILL OFF PORT TOWNSEND. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

"GOODNEWS BAY" WITH BARGE IN WEST SEATTLE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

"ZP-CHANDON" EARLY TRACTOR TUGS THAT TRIED TO BREAK INTO SHIP HANDLING IN SEATTLE. SHE IS NOW WORKING IN ROTTERDAM. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

 

HER SISTER ZP-MONTELENA - I THINK THEY CALLED THE COMPANY FAUS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

"PERSUADER" AT NANAIMO 9-7-1984 GREAT LITTLE CANADIAN TUG I THINK SHE HAD A PAIR OF 8-V71 DETROITS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

TUG "CREOSOTE" COMING ACROSS SEATTLE HARBOR WITH TWO DECK BARGES IN TOW. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

WHAT LOOKS LIKE THE "LELA FOSS" TOWING AN OIL BARGE AT EVERETT. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 
OUR MAN IN GRAYS HARBOR, SCOTT SCHOCH ,WHO IS A SKIPPER FOR  DUNLAP REALLY GETS AROUND THE COUNTRY. HE SENT ME IN A NEW DISC WITH  A LOT OF GREAT PHOTOS WHICH I WILL SHARE WITH YOU.
 

DUNLAP TUGS "ROSARIO" AND "PORT GARDNER" ON THE WAY TO PICK UP A LOG TOW AND BRING IT THRU LA CONNER. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

"PORT GARDNER" PULLING EASY ALONGSIDE TOW. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

NICE DAY TO BE TOWING LOGS NOT NORMAL. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

GOOD BOW SHOT OF THE "PORT GARDNER" NOW HE IS PULLING HARDER. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

"ROSARIO" HAS THE HEAD END AND CALLS THE SHOTS. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

"ROSARIO" WAS AN ALMAN HUBBLE BOAT FROM GRAYS HARBOR. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 
PLEASE KEEP UP YOUR PRAYERS,OUR OLD FRIEND IS QUITE SICK AND NEEDS ALL THE HELP THAT HE CAN GET.
IT WORKED THE LAST TIME AND IT WILL AGAIN!
 
THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT IN PHOTOS AND TALL TALES AND INFO SO THAT I CAN SHARE THE HISTORY WITH EVERYONE, ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. YOU CAN CLICK ON THE BLOG PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM AND THE BLOG ARCHIVES ITSELF SO YOU CAN GO A LONG WAY BACK .
 
IF YOU  HAVE ANSWERS, QUESITONS OR MORE STORIES FOR ME, PLEASE EMAIL ME: mark@fremonttugboat.com
 
FAIRTIDE MARK, MARGIE, ERIK, TOM, AL, JAKE, JARED, TRACEY AND THE THREE CATS: BRAVEHEART, RAZ AND BATMAN.
 
PS:  SMILE AND WAVE AS THE PHOTO BOAT “ON-TIME” GOES BY.
 
RON BURCHETT SENT IN THIS YouTube VIDEO ON “MISS STACY” IN TROUBLE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWCP2tGLGTU
 
 
 
 
 
 

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CAPTAIN MARK FREEMAN’S “RUDDERLESS FOR JANUARY 2012.

 

BOAT MOORAGES AND OFFICES FOR RENT.

OUR NEW LOGO THANKS BILL.

 
 

OUR OLD HOME AND OFFICES ON THE FERRY "AIRLINE".

 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 and we are here most of the time. This is a hands-on, old time family business  and there are people around all the time between us and the liveboards and the tug company crew that goes and comes at all hours. We commute to our floating home via small tug, so this is not one of thoses lonely places.  The coffee pot is always on. We also have free sewage pump-outs for non-live aboard customers through a wonderful service called PumpMeOut. We have been in business since 1916. See all the pictures on our Facebook site for Fremont Boat Co. We also have on Facebook: Captain Mark Freeman, Fremont Tugboat Co. and Captain Tom Bulson (Erik’s partner in the Tugboat  Company.)

We have a few small offices coming available in our on site office building (called the O.H.”DOC” Freeman Building). Call Margie at 206-632-0152 or her cell is 206-786-2897 – She’s in charge.

 

WEATHER REPORT FROM OUR ON SCENE REPORTER.

I was right about losing our good weather, wow!  It snowed and blew and rained and ice came down from the sky and froze and flooded and the sun came out too. More tomorrow.

Chuck Fowler and Dan Withers had a power point show at the Museum of History and Industry on Montlake. Margie and I went, of course, and at least another 100 people showed up to hear about the new book PATROL AND RESCUE BOATS ON PUGET SOUND and find out where all those interesting photos came from. Chuck and Dan did a really great job putting the book together. My favorite photo was the PT Boat and the “KALAKALA”. Chuck was introduced by Admiral John Lockwood who is a new Board member of PSMHS.

FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY.

Captain Tom and Captain Erik have really been earning their keep as you will see them putting together the Boats Afloat Show floats in a blizzard. Those guys have got what it takes and that includes Al and Jake and Jared everybody really pitched in to get the show going on time. They have been very busy with the fishing fleet as most of the fish boats leave in January after completing their winter voyage repairs.  Bravo Zulu to the Towboat Company!

We have been talking to our friend, Bill Page, in Maine. I guess they have been suffering a normal Maine winter – colder than all get out. He is supposed to complete his new boat that he is building this year. When Margie and I were back east 5 years ago we got to see it. What a thrill that was; it should never be used and should go directly to the museum and forever be a wonderful example of wooden boat building.  Bill has been helping us look for a spare manifold for the ON-TIME and we think he may have one spotted… more info later.

Last issue I asked the question about where the “WALLACE FOSS”  was  going as she had been loaded aboard a big ship. I heard back from Don Medforth of Nanaimo and Mike Scalley of Foss, they both said she was going back east for the new owners in New Hampshire and that her new home port was Newport, Rhode Island. Foss bought Constellation Maritime of Boston and has since renamed the company Foss Maritime and the tugs sent back east were: the ”DAVID FOSS, CATHERINE FOSS, LESLIE FOSS, AND AMERICA.” Foss also owns two local Boston tugs, the “LEO” and the “TUCANA”, so the “WALLACE FOSS” should feel right at home. Don and Mike: thank you for the new info.

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE, CAPTAIN MARK, INSPECTING THE TUG GRACE FOSS JUST AFTER HE PURCHASED HER FROM FOSS MARITIME. SHE IS NOW OUR TUG “GRACE”.

 

CAPTAIN MARK AND HIS "GRACE". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"STARFISH" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"WESTWARD 1" AND OUR "DIXIE" ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

OUR "DIXIE" MAKING UP TO "CAPE GREIG" TO SHIFT HER TO EMERALD LANDING. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"ON-TIME" AND CAPTAIN MARK SNEAKING BY. THE ON-TIME GOT A NEW BELL FROM JIM HUCKINS ON IT IS INSCRIBED "TITANIC 1912 " THANKS JIM! ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 We got a nice write-up about the Seattle Boat Show by King5.com “Your News”, here’s the link to see it and a few other photos taken by other brave souls in the snow:http://www.king5.com/your-news/137598268.html

THE DREADED "B" WORD: BLIZZARD. OUR "DIXIE" ALMOST OUT OF SIGHT IN A SNOW STORM. JUST STARTING TO ASSEMBLE 60 FLOATS FOR THE BOAT SHOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

GRIM STUFF BUT EVERYBODY PITCHED IN EXCEPT FOR ME - I WAS BACK IN A WARM OFFICE WRITING A BLOG. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

GOOD BOAT SHOW SET-UP DAY. IT WILL TURN NICE FOR THE SHOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

IT ONLY TAKES FOUR MEN TO GET A LINE OUT. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPTAIN TOM HAD TO GET OUT OF HIS WARM PILOT HOUSE, EVERYONE WAS GLAD TO SEE HIM. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

NOW WHAT DO WE DO THE LINE IS FROZEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPTAIN TOM HAD TO GET BACK IN THE WARM PILOT HOUSE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

IT EVEN SNOWED ON WESTERN'S "HORNET" SISTER TO THE "GRACE". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"ANITA J" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN IN THE SUNLIGHT. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPTAIN FRED DAHL BOUGHT THE EMMA FOSS FROM FOSS MARITIME. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

 
 

BATMAN IS A TUGBOAT CAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

  

CHUCK FOWLER AND DAN WITHERS SIGNING COPIES OF THEIR NEW BOOK FOR ME. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
 

CHUCK FOWLER, MARK FREEMAN, DAN WITHERS AND JOHN HOUGH. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

DAN WITHERS AND CHUCK FOWLER BROUGHT BY FOR MY INSPECTION THE FIRST COPY OF THEIR NEW BOOK. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

OUR "GRACE" AND "DIXIE" TOW THE "LEGACY" OUT OF THE STABBERT DRYDOCK ENROUTE TO PIER 91. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPTAIN ERIK AND OUR "GRACE" ON THE HEAD END. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

MAKING THE CORNER TO LINE UP FOR THE LOCKS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

HEADED INTO LARGE LOCKS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

OUR "GRACE" IN SALT WATER. TOM BULSON PHOTO.

CAPTAIN TOM WAS ALMOST LATE FOR HIS MEETING. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

ROGER OTTENBACH PRESIDENT OF THE PUGET SOUND MARITIME HISTORICAL SOCIETY GIVES THE OPENING REMARKS AT THE MUSEUM FOR CHUCK AND DAN'S POWER POINT PRESENTATION FOR THEIR NEW BOOK: 'PATROL AND RESCUE BOATS ON PUGET SOUND' . MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

ADMIRAL JOHN LOCKWOOD INTRODUCING CHUCK. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

CHUCK FOWLER AT HIS BEST. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

ROBIN PATERSON, MARK FREEMAN, KAE PATERSON AND KARLA FOWLER. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

MARK GILKEY AND MARK FREEMAN. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO OF COURSE YOU KNOW WHO ALWAYS GETS LEFT OUT OF THE PICTURES - THE PHOTOGRAPHER.

 

SAMSON MARINER IN FOR DRYDOCKING AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

K-SEA'S "NOKEA" LAYING AT END OF I-90. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

PUMPMEOUT'S NEW SEWAGE PUMP OUT BOAT IT'S A DANDY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

FOSS TUGS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

"HENRY BRUSCO" LAYING AT THE FOSS TERMINAL. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

F/V "LAST FRONTIER" MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

F/V "GLADIATOR". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

F/V "STORM PETREL". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

F/V "NOTORIOUS". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

"SARINA": HER CAPTAIN IS BILL FOUNTAIN AND THEY DELIVER LUBE OIL TO SHIPS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

"GENERAL LEE" AND CAPTAIN ERIK DIGGING OUT FLOATS FOR THE BOAT SHOW THE DAY BEFORE IT STARTED SNOWING. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

CAPTAIN ERIK RUNNING "GRACE" COMPLETE WITH CHRISTMAS TREE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

F/V "GOLDEN FLEECE". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

MARGIE AND THE ON-TIME OUT IN THE SNOW. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"ON-TIME" TRIMMED IN WHITE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

IOWA JAKE KNOWS WHAT TO DO IN THIS WEATHER-GO BACK INSIDE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

TELL BATMAN TO GET OUT OF THE TUGBOAT MODELS! MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

BATMAN IS A REAL DRINKER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

 
OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENDS MORE GREAT TUGBOAT PICTURES - THEY EVEN LOOK LIKE TUGS.

12-13-1984 "TRIO" STARTED HER LIFE AS A STEAM TUG. THERE IS A FAMOUS PICTURE OF HER WITH ABNER SUND ON DECK. THIS PHOTO IS AFTER PIONEER TOWING OWNED HER. THEY PUT IN A 500 HP GM 8268A AND ONIE SHAW RAN HER FOR YEARS AND TOWED MOSTLY LOGS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

12-6-1984 "BILL CLARK" WHEN KNAPPTON OWNED HER . WASHINGTON TUG AND BARGE RAN HER FOR YEARS. SHE WAS U.S. ARMY SURPLUS AND WAS CALLED A (TP). STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

3-7-1985 "GRACE FOSS" IN EVERETT. THAT CLASS OF FOSS HARBOR TUG WITH A 343 CAT SWUNG A 60 INCH PROPELLER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

3-7-1985 "PORT SUSAN" DUNLAP HARBOR TUG WORKING LOGS IN EVERETT. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

4-11-1985 "NORTON BAY" ONE OF THREE TUGS BROUGHT IN ON A BARGE FROM THE GULF FOR MARINE LEASING ONE OF PETE WOECK'S COMPANIES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

HERE ARE THE THREE TUGS COMING IN ON A BARGE WITH THE MARINE PUSHER PUSHING. MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM.

9-10-1984 "MUTUAL" CANNERY TENDER AT ANACORTES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

11-15-1984 "LINDA KAY" OUT OF WATER IN EVERETT. SHE WAS THE "FOSS NO. 17" AND BEFORE THAT SHE WAS THE HAROLD C". STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

"FOSS NO. 17" SERVED FOSS FROM 1926 TO 1964. MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM.

4-11-1985 "CRESOTE" TOWING ACROSS SEATTLE HARBOR. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

3-14-1984 "SEASPAN RUSTLER" AT VANCOUVER, B.C. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

2-5-1981 "CINDY M" IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY SHE WAS BUILT FOR SHEPARD TOWING ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER AND HAD A NINE FOOT PROP AND A 15:1 REDUCTION GEAR ON A PAIR OF 6-110 GM'S. SHE WAS BUILT AS A SUPER LOG TOWER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 
OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, SENDS MORE PHOTOS. I AM PUTTING THE LAST OF HIS ALASKA PICTURES IN AND NOW WE WILL GO BACK TO THE OREGON COAST. THAT SURE MUST HAVE BEEN A FUN TRIP THRU ALASKA.

"GREGORY H" IN SKAGWAY. SHE WAS PIONEER TOWINGS' JAMES B. RUSS TRASK ALSO OWNED HER FOR QUITE A WHILE. JOHNNY MAGNUSEN WORKED ON HER FOR RUSS. SHE HAD A 300 WASHINGTON AND I THINK TRASK PUT IN A 500 HP CAT. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

"ARDIE", SISTER TO THE "BANNER", BOTH BUILT IN COOS BAY BY MID-COAST MARINE. PHOTO IS IN SKAGWAY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

"JUNIOR" ON AN URGENT MISSION - LAST OF THE ALASKA PICTURES. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 
BACK IN COOS BAY.
 

SHE IS BREAKING CLEAR ACROSS THE ENTRANCE TO COOS BAY, HUGE SWELLS. REMINDS ME OF WHAT I USED TO DO FOR $176 A MONTH. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

"TECLUTSA" ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

"PORT PHILLIP". SHE BROKE DOWN NEAR ALCATRAZ IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AND AFTER REPAIRS, THE CG TOLD THEM TO STAY 25 MILES OFF THE COAST ON THE WAY TO COOS BAY. IT TOOK 3 TUGS TO GET HER IN AND TURNED AROUND. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

JEFF PALMER EASING "TECLUSTA" IN TO GRAB A LINE OFF HER STERN. HE WAS GOING TO BE THE BRAKES. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

CAPTAIN GEORGE WALES COMING DOWN PILOT LADDER FROM OUT BOUND SHIP. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

CAPTAIN CHARLIE YATES AND THE BACK OF CHRIS COMMON ON THE OUTBOUND TUG "COOS BAY". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

 
THE SEARCH FOR THE “POLAR MERCHANT” (EX-”TIGER”; EX-USCG “TIGER WSC 152″ ACTIVE CLASS 125 FOOT CUTTER.)
KYLE STUBBS STARTED THIS BY SENDING ME AN EMAIL ASKING FOR INFO ON THE “POLAR MERCHANT” AND I CHECKED MY FILES AND DID NOT FIND ANYTHING ON THE FIRST LOOK, SO LAST ISSUE I SAID “HELP”!
 
TUG “TIGER” .   JOE WILLIAMSON PHOTO.

 I RECEIVED SEVERAL EMAILS FROM FRIENDS, A THANK YOU GOES OUT TO HUGH WARE, NICK OLSON, SKIP LAMPMAN, DAN STABBERT AND HOWARD GISKE FROM MOHAI WHO SENT ME A COUPLE OF COPIES OF PICTURES OF THE ‘POLAR MERCHANT’ WHICH SPARKED ME TO LOOK IN MY OLYMPIA  TUGBOAT RACE FILE FROM 1986 AND LO’ AND BEHOLD I HAD ABOUT 20 PHOTOS THAT MEL FREDEEN HAD TAKEN. IT’S HARD TO REMEMBER ALL THE PHOTOS I HAVE WHEN THEY ARE OVER 150,000 OF THEM.

HUGH WARE SENT IN A LOT OF INFO ABOUT THE “TIGER ” BEING STATIONED AT PEARL HARBOR ON DEC. 7, 1941. SHE WAS ON PATROL IN THE EARLY MORNING AND RECEIVED A WARNING CALL FROM THE NAVY DESTROYER “WARD” THAT SHE HAD JUST SUNK A SUBMARINE. AT AROUND 0800 THEY RECEIVED ENEMY FIRE FROM THE JAP PLANES AND WENT TO GENERAL QUARTERS BUT THE JAP PLANES WERE OUT OF RANGE FOR THEIR GUN. SHE RAN OVER TO THE ENTRANCE TO PEARL HARBOR AND TOOK OVER HER DESIGNATED PATROL AREA IN CASE OF WAR. SHE WAS THERE ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT AND WAS FIRED ON BY FRIENDLY US ARMY UNITS BUT LUCKILY NOT HIT.

NICK OLSEN SENT STATISTICS ON HER:

LAUNCHED 1927 AS TIGER WSC152

DECOMMISSIONED 1947 AND SOLD 14 JUNE 1948.

OWNERS: MAINLAND FISHERIES, INC  -  JUNEAU;   JACK ANDERSON,  - JUNEAU 1957 800 HP;     COOK INLET TUG & BARGE - JUNEAU 1957;   UPPER COLUMBIA RIVER TOWING CO. - PORTLAND, 1962 RENAMED “CHEROKEE”;   WW TOWING INC.;   TURNAGAIN INVESTMENTS, INC., - JUNEAU 1975 1800  HP RENAMED “POLAR MERCHANT”; 

IN 1956 JACK ANDERSON HAD A PAIR OF COOPER-BESSEMERS INSTALLED WHICH TOTALED 2,340 HORSEPOWER AND HER AVERAGE SPEED WAS 14 KNOTS. WEST SEATTLE SERVICE AND REPAIR DID THE ENGINE INSTALLATION.

“POLAR MERCHANT” IN OLYMPIA TUGBOAT RACE. MEL FREEDEN PHOTO.1986  MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.

 DAN STABBERT WROTE ME A LONG EMAIL. THANKS DAN. HE SAID THAT HE AND HIS BROTHER RICHARD BOUGHT HER AROUND 1980. SHE HAD A BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF 12-149′s GM’s WITH AN ABSOULETLY BEAUTIFUL ENGINE ROOM WITH A NEW HARRIS ELECTRIC BOARD. THE ONLY PROBLEM THEY HAD WAS A LEAKING RIVET IN ONE OF THE FUEL TANKS WHICH THEY FOUND AND REPAIRED. SINCE SHE HAD A GOOD SETTLING TANK AND  DAY TANK THEY HAD HER WORLD WIDE AND ONLY HAD A FEW MINOR PROBLEMS. SHE WAS A GREAT BOAT FOR THEM. DAN SOLD HER TO A BLACK COD FISHERMAN OUT OF PETERSBERG, AK IN THE 1990′s.

 

HERE AT THE 1986 OLYMPIA TOWBOAT RACE EVERY ONE IS HAVING A GOOD TIME. MEL FREEDEN PHOTO FROM MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.

 

THE ELMORE , THE POLAR MERCHANT AND THE MYSTERY LINE UP TO RACE. THE MERCHANT TURNED IN THE FASTEST TIME OF THE DAY AT 8.21 MINUTES AND AT THAT SPEED SHE WAS PLACED IN HER OWN SUPER CLASS AND THE MYSTERY WAS DECLARED WINNER ON THE FOURTH RACE AT THE TIME OF 10 MINUTES. MEL FREEDEN PHOTO.MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.

  

KYLE STUBBS SENT IN THIS PHOTO OF WHAT THE POLAR MERCHANT LOOKS LIKE TODAY IN TACOMA. A SAD END.

THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT IN INFORMATION. 
 
MIKE WRIGHT, OUR MAN IN VICTORIA, SENT IN SOME SPECTACULAR PHOTOS OF DRYDOCK ACTION AT OGDEN POINT. THANKS MIKE.
 

"SEASPAN FALCON" TAKING DRYDOCK OUT. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

TUGS TOWING SUBMARINE INTO DRYDOCK. MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

 

CANADIAN TUG "STORM FORCE". MIKE WRIGHT PHOTO.

 
TOM DAVIS, OUR MAN IN ANACORTES - YES THERE IS MORE THAN ONE SENDS ON PICTURES OF HIS FRIEND DOMINIC SMITH’S NEW TUG “RACHAEL” ON A DEAD SHIP IN THE CANAL. THEY ALSO HAVE ONE OF PETE WOECK’S TUGS THEY CALL IT THE “MISS LIS”. I THINK IT WAS THE “MARINE PIONEER” AND I AM PRINTING A PICTURE OF IT, IF I AM WRONG THE EMAIL MAY HEAT UP A LITTLE. THEIR COMPANY IS CALLED TRADEWIND TOWING.
 

"MARINE PIONEER" MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM PHOTO.

 

"MARINE PIONEER" JUST BEFORE SHE WAS LAUNCHED. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 
 
OUR MAN IN NANAIMO, DON MEDFORTH, SENDS ON A VERY INTERESTING PHOTO OF A GROUP OF CANADIAN TUGS BEING SENT TO CHINA FOR SCRAPPING - INCLUDING THE LOG BARGE “STRAITS LOGGER”. THE TUGS ARE: SEASPAN MASTER, BERING STRAITS, MERCER STRAITS, RIVTOW PRINCESS, TEXADA CROWN, STORM COASTER AND SEASPAN CHARGER. SORRY TO SEE THEM GO. THANKS DON.
 
 

SORRY TO SEE THEM GO. DON MEDFORTH PHOTO. THANKS DON.

 

ART ANDERSON SENDS US THIS BEAUTIFUL PHOTO OF THE "GLENDEVON " IN THE SUN. ART ANDERSON PHOTO.

 
 
PLEASE KEEP UP YOUR PRAYERS, OUR OLD FRIEND IS QUITE SICK AND NEEDS ALL THE HELP THAT HE CAN GET.
IT WORKED THE LAST TIME AND IT WILL AGAIN!
THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT IN PHOTOS AND TALL TALES AND INFO SO THAT I CAN SHARE THE HISTORY WITH EVERYONE, ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. YOU CAN CLICK ON THE BLOG PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM AND THE BLOG ARCHIVES ITSELF SO YOU CAN GO A LONG WAYS BACK.
 
 
FAIRTIDE MARK, MARGIE,  ERIK, TOM, AL, JAKE, JARED, TRACEY AND THE THREE CATS : BRAVEHEART, RAZ AND BATMAN.
PS:  SMILE & WAVE WHEN THE PHOTO BOAT GOES BY.
PPS:  THIS IS TWO BLOGS IN ONE MONTH AND THIS IS THE JANUARY EDITION! 
PPPS:  WE SCORED ON A NEW MANIFOLD FOR THE ON-TIME. BILL PAGE OF MAINE PUT US ONTO THE GRAY MARINE ENGINE COMPANY AND A BRAND NEW MANIFOLD IS ON ITS WAY. THANKS BILL,  I OWE YOU ONE…WHAT YOU MAY COLLECT OF COURSE IS ANOTHER STORY. 
BY THE WAY, DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE ARE THE BLOCKS FOR THE JOHN DEERE ENGINES MADE??

 

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CAPTAIN MARK FREEMAN’S “RUDDERLESS” FOR DECEMBER, 2011

 

BOAT  MOORAGE AND OFFICES FOR RENT 

OUR NEW LOGO

 

OUR OLD HOME AND OFFICES THE FERRY AIRLINE.

We have some moorage space avaliable 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 and we are here most of the time. This is a hands-on , old-time family business and there are people around all the time-between us and the liveboards and the tug company crews that goes and comes at all hours. We commute to our floating home via small tug, so this is not one of those lonely places.  The coffee pot is always on. We also have free sewage pump-outs for non-live aboard customers through a wonderful service called PumpMeOut. We have been in business since 1916. See all the pictures on our Facebook site for Fremont Boat Co.  We also have on facebook: Mark Freeman, Fremont Tugboat Co. and Tom Bulson (Erik’s partner in the Tugboat Co.. We have a few offices coming available in our on site office building (called the O.H. ‘DOC’ Freeman Building). Call Margie at 206 632 0152 or her cell is 206 786 2897 – She’s in charge.

WEATHER REPORT FROM OUR ON SCENE REPORTER.

   This has to be one of the nicest winters that we have ever seen. We are not in our usual south east pattern although in the last few days it seems to be changing. Good log towing weather in November and December, very little wind.

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

Their new book has been published by Arcadia and can be seen and purchased at our office and other stores along with Chuck’s other two books “TALL SHIPS ON PUGET SOUND” and the one that I co-authored with Chuck “TUGBOATS ON PUGET SOUND”.

FOR SALE:  Our nephew, Scott, has a boat trailer for sale that held a 26′ motor whaleboat.  Price is $1,850.00. Call Mark at 206-396-1151 and I’ll give you his contact info.

FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY

Captain Tom and Captain Erik have just been loving this winter - with its light winds it makes their job of towing big fishing vessels just that much eaiser. Last month they had just put the “ON-TIME” back in the water and were running her home when the exhaust manifold cracked. We were all disappointed needless to say. Tom got right on the problem and was able to buy a manifold from the Gray Marine factory. I don’t know where they found it but here comes a 70 pound package in the mail – what a great Christmas present. Tom and Jake installed it and she runs beautifuly. Margie and I got to take her out on her first photo run the day before Christmas. Tom, Erik amd Jake towed a big fishing vessel the “LEGACY” out of Stabbert’s to Pier 91 and we took  the first photos for our blog; plus Margie and I really had a great time.

ON-TIME IN ACTION. TOM BULSON PHOTO.

 

I am looking for information on the tug “POLAR MERCHANT” She was an ex-USCG 125 foot Cutter. I don’t know which Coast Guard cutter that she was. I need names of owners, etc. and I can’t find anything in the ‘Bible’ on her. I believe Dave Updike scrapped her and I towed her to the north end of Lake Washington once; I also have pictures of her in the tug races but I am at a loss for more info.

It has been a very busy Christmas Season with mailing out 1000 calendars and Christmas cards and just enjoying the season. My blog is extremely late and I don’t know whether to call it the December issue or the January issue we will let Margie decide that.

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE (MARK) AS A CIVILIAN SELLING BOATS. MAY FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" MAKING UP TO K-SEA TUG "JOHN BRIX". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

LOCKS CONTRACTOR, REDSIDE CONSTRUCTION TUG. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

 

"DIXIE" WITH STABBERTT'S "MARY ANN" CRANE BARGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" RUNNING LIGHT IN BALLARD ON A CALM DAY. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

WESTERN'S NEW TUG JUST GOING INTO THE DRYDOCK. PHOTO ERIK FREEMAN

 

"SEA WOLF" IN FOSS DRYDOCK "GENERAL LEE" ASSISTING. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" SHIFTING "WASSILIE B". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

BRAND NEW HOUSE BOAT FLOAT BEING TOWED TO WESTERN TO LOAD HOUSE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

MODULAR HOUSE LOADED ON NEW CONCRETE FLOAT. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

“DIXIE” MAKING UP TO “PRO SURVEYOR”.   ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
 

"DIXIE" GETTING READY TO SHIFT AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

CAPTAIN TOM GETTING THE SLACK OUT OF THE STERN LINE ON THE "DIXIE". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" HURRYING TO HER NEXT JOB - OR LUNCH - SOME DAYS IT'S HARD TO TELL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"GENERAL LEE" ASSISTING THE "BERING ROSE" INTO FOSS DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"NEW VENTURE" INTO DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

FALL SUN AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" WITH "NAKOLO" ALONGSIDE HEADED FOR NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" WITH "VIKING "ALONGSIDE AT STABBERT'S. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" WITH "ANITA J" IN TOW. ISN'T SHE A PRETTY BOAT? ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

WE PUT "AMERICAN NO. 1" IN A FOSS DRYDOCK AFTER TOWING HER UP FROM PIER 91. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" MAKING UP TO ARMY CORP BARGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"BLUE STAR" HAS BEEN SOLD FOREIGN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" SHIFTING "OCEAN ALASKA" ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" WITH "ALASKA ENDEAVOR" ALONGSIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"FOSS 300" WORKING AT LOCKS ON GATE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

TOWING FLOATING LOCK GATE OVER TO "FOSS 300" SO SHE COULD LIFT AND HANG GATE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"FOSS 300" INSIDE LOCKS READY TO LIFT GATE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"RED BLUFF" A MAGNUSON TUG, (EX-FOSS D BOAT). ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"FOSS 300" LIFTING ON LOCK GATE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"FOSS 300" MAKING STEAM LIFTING ON GATE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" SHIFTING K-SEA TUG "PARAGON". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO

 

EARLY MORNING SUN JUST BREAKING THRU THE FOG IN BALLARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" WITH K-SEA TUG "PACIFIC RAVEN" UNDERWAY FOR NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" AND K-SEA TUG "NOKEA" HEADED FOR NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"KOOS NO. 6" WITH HER NEW PILOT HOUSE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

ERIK AND HIS DAUGHTER, MARINA MAY, HAVING FUN AT HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

MARGIE AT HER BIRTHDAY PARTY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

THE IN AND OUT BASKETS ARE FULL OF CATS RAZ ON THE LEFT BATMAN ON THE RIGHT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

MARGIE AND THE 2 CATS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" WITH K-SEA TUG "PARAGON" JUST PASSSING UNDER AURORA BRIDGE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.

 OUR MAN IN BALLARD, BILL FOUNTAIN, SENT US THESE PHOTOS OF THREADING THE NEEDLE,  HE IS CAPTAIN OF THE “SARINA” AND A TUGBOAT MAN.

"DIXIE" AND "GENERAL LEE" SHIFTING "AMERICAN NO. 1 THRU BALLARD BRIDGE TO FOSS. BILL FOUNTAIN PHOTO.

 

THEY ARE WORKING ON THE BALLARD BRIDGE SO YOU ONLY GET ONE LEAF PART OF THE TIME. BILL FOUNTAIN PHOTO.

 

YOU WOULD THINK THAT THEY COULD WORK ON THE BRIDGE WHEN THE LOCKS WERE CLOSED. BILL FOUNTAIN PHOTO.

 

THRU THE BRIDGE. BILL FOUNTAIN PHOTO.

 

GILES SYDNOR SENT THIS PHOTO IN OF THE "DIXIE" AND THE "GENERAL LEE" SHIFTING THE "STARR DAVID JORDAN".

 

 

KJELL FJORTOFT''S "F/V NORSEMAN" AT HER CHRISTENING IN THE EARLY 1970's. HIS DAUGHTER, MICHELLE DOING THE HONORS.

 

OUR MAN IN IDAHO PAUL BAILEY SENT US A PICTURE OF THE POWER SCOW "WHALE" THAT HE WAS CHIEF ENGINEER ON. THE PHOTO WAS TAKEN IN 1988 AT THE RED SALMON FREEZER PLANT AT NAKNEK. SHE WAS A WARD'S COVE BOAT.

 

 

 OUR MAN IN LONDON, JACK GASTON, SENT US MORE PICTURES ABOUT THE ACCIDENT THAT WE SHOWED LAST MONTH THAT GARY KING SENT US. IT SEEMS THE TUG “CHIEFTON” HAD THE HEAD END OF THE CRANE SCOW RUNNING WITH THE CURRENT AND A BIGGER TUG ON THE BACK PUSHING WITH 3 PILOTS ON BOARD. THE BACK TUG NEVER GOT THE MESSAGE THAT THEY HAD TO CHANGE  COURSE TO MISS A BUOY. AND HE JUST KEPT THE HAMMER DOWN AND THE FRONT TUG WENT INTO IRONS AND ROLLED OVER AND SANK. TWO WERE RESCUED BUT THE ENGINEER DROWNED. THE HEAD END IS ALWAYS A DANGEROUS PLACE. THANKS JACK

 

LIFTING AND PARBUCKELING AT THE SAME TIME. JACK GASTON PHOTO.

 

"CHIEFTON" UPRIGHT. JACK GASTON PHOTO. THANKS JACK

 
 
 OUR MAN AT CROWLEY, SAM SIMONE, SENT PHOTOS OF THE NEW TUG “OCEAN WAVE”
 

"OCEAN WAVE" UNDER CONSTRUCTION. SAM SIMONE PHOTO.

 

"OCEAN WAVE" WAITING TO HAVE HER RUDDERS HUNG. SHE WAS LAUNCHED A FEW DAYS LATER ON NOVEMBER 27, 2011. SAM SIMONE PHOTO. THANKS SAM.

 OUR MAN FROM CUSHING MAINE, BILL PAGE, SENDS ON MANY PHOTOS.

"CADET" BEFORE REBUILD. BILL PAGE PHOTO.

 

"CADET" REBUILT. JOHN FOSS ON LEFT - HE AND HIS WIFE, KATHY, REBUILT HER FROM A WRECK. BILL PAGE PHOTO.

 

TUG "DORTHY L" OWNED BY BROCK MARINE OF ROCKLAND, MAINE - A FOGGY PLACE. BILL PAGE PHOTO

 

TUG "TOWMASTER". SHE AND OTHERS WERE LAYING NEXT TO THE FERRY DOCK TO LONG ISLAND AT NEW LONDON, CT. BILL PAGE PHOTO.

 

TUG "PATRICIA ANN" SHE LOOKS LIKE A YTB. BILL PAGE PHOTO.

 

TUGS "JOHN PAUL" AND "THAMESHIP". PHOTO BY BILL PAGE.

 

"WALLACE FOSS" ON A BARGE - I THINK IN VICTORIA. MIKE CLAXTON AND A FEW OTHER PEOPLE SENT THIS TO ME. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE ITS GOING? PHOTO FROM BILL AND BEV ANDREWS.

 OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENDS MANY PICTURES AND FOR CHRISTMAS, HE SENT ME A MODEL OF A COLUMBIA RIVER SAILING GILNETTER THAT HE BUILT. COME BY AND SEE IT IT’S AN ART OBJECT.  THANKS STAN.

TUG "POLAR STAR" SHE WAS THE USCG "BONHAM". MY DAD "DOC" BOUGHT HER SURPLUS AND I TOWED HER HOME FROM USCG BASE SEATTLE IN 1959. I THEN SOLD HER FOR MY DAD TO BUD FIELDS AND NORTHLAND AND JIM HAGEN ENDED UP WITH HER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO 4-13-1984.

 

BOYER'S "SUSAN H" COMING OUT OF THE LOCKS WITH A LOG RAFT. PROTHERO BUILT HER AND HER FIRST ENGINE WAS A 240 HP WASHINGTON. I PICKED UP MY FIRST LOG SPILL FOR BOYER AFTER THE "SUSAN H" GOT CAUGHT OFF PILOT POINT. BOYER WAS THE NUMBER ONE LOG TOWER - HE GOT AWAY WITH STUFF THAT NO ONE WOULD EVEN TRY. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT. 3-1-1984

 

2-2-1984 TUG "STANDFAST". I BOUGHT HER IN PORTLAND AND RAN HER UP THE COAST TO HOME. SHE HAD A 6-110 GM WITH 220 HP AND SWUNG A 48" PROP. SHE WAS BUILT FOR THE U.S.ARMY AS A 45 FT ST.

 

"SEA PRINCE" MIKI AT SAN FRANCISCO 2-1973 SLIDE BY GEO. LAMUTH FROM STAN WILLHIGHT.

 

EARLY 1970's MIKI "SEA LARK". SLIDE BY GEO. LAMUTH PHOTO FROM STAN WILLHIGHT.

 

EARLY 1970's MIKI "SEA BREEZE" FROM A SLIDE BY GEO. LAMUTH PHOTO FROM STAN WILLHIGHT.

 

9-1983 VICTORY II AT PORT ALBERNI, BC. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

 

9-1983 'PACIFIC FORCE" AT PORT ALBERNI. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

9-1983 "VICTORY VII" AT TOFINO, BC. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

9-10-1983 "HALKETT" HORSESHOE BAY, BC. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

7-12-1984 'RETREIVER,VIGORUS,SEA QUEEN,SEA ROVER" AT CROWLEY DOCK IN SEATTLE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

 OUR MAN IN VICTORIA, BC, MIKE WRIGHT, SENDS MORE GREAT TUG PHOTOS. MIKE IS LOOKING FOR PHOTOS OF THE CANADIAN TUG “PACIFIC LIGHTNING”.

"COBA" (EX-"SEASPAN ROYAL") WORKING IN THE GULF. HER SISTER IS THE "SEASPAN REGENT". PHOTO FROM MIKE WRIGHT.

 

THE "SEASPAN QUEEN" AND "CATES #4" ASSISTING THE "KROUSSON" AT VICTORIA. MIKE WRIGHT SENT ME THE PHOTO AND THE PHOTO CREDIT GOES TO GVHA. THANK YOU.

 

 

"GIBRALTAR STRAITS". MIKE WRIGHT SENT US THIS PHOTO AND THE PHOTO CREDIT GOES TO CHRIS CRANTON, THANK YOU.

 

 

 OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, SENT US ANOTHER SET OF COOS BAY PHOTOS BUT I HAVE TO GET THRU HIS ALASKA PICTURES FIRST. THANKS BOB THAT WAS QUITE A PICTURE OF THE HUGE WAVES CRASHING CLEAR ACROSS THE CHANNEL. BUT HERE GOES MORE ON ALASKA.

 

"WATERS" (EX-"HOWKAN") IN HOMER, AK. SHE BELONGS TO GOUT FISHERIES OF JUNEAU. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

 

AT HOMER, AK THE  K-SEA TUG  “ROSS SEA”.  BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

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AT SITKA "SAMPSON MARINER". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

 

CROWLEY TUG HAULED OUT OF WATER AT NENANA ON THE TANANA RIVER. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

 

SAMPSON TUG "SAMPSON MARINER" AND TUG "JUNIOR" AT SEWARD, AK. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

ALASKA MARINE LINES TUG "KRYSTAL SEA" IN WHITTIER, AK. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

K-SEA TUG "BISMARK SEA" WITH OIL BARGE AT VALDEZ, AK. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

"BULLDOG" (EX-"DUPONT" YF) IN KETCHIKAN, AK. THE AIRPORT ON GRAVINA IS IN THE BACKGROUND. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

IN THE ALASKA SERIES BOB KNEW QUITE A FEW OF THE NAMES OF THE BOATS AND I KNEW SOME AND CAPTAIN RIC FROM WESTERN TOWBOAT FILLED IN THE BLANKS. THANKS FELLOWS.

 

OUR PRAYERS WORKED AND MY FRIEND IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND RECOVERING NICELY!  BUT  YETANOTHER FRIEND IS SUFFERING AND NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS BIG TIME.  I KNOW IT REALLY HELPS.  THANK YOU.

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 BLOG PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM AND THE BLOG ARCHIVES ITSELF SO YOU CAN GO BACK QUITE A WAYS.

YOUR GUYS AND GALS IN SEATTLE WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS  AND A GREAT AND PROSEPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR, NO MATTER WHEN WE GET THE BLOG OUT.

    FAIRTIDE MARK, MARGIE, ERIK, TOM, JAKE, TRACEY  AND THE 3 CATS: BRAVEHEART, RAZ AND BATMAN.

PS: SMILE WHEN THE PHOTO BOAT “ON-TIME” COMES BY.

PPS:  THIS IS THE DECEMBER BLOG AND THAT WAS A CORPORATE DECISION, AND WE MUST HAVE A NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTION IN THERE SOMEWHERE.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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CAPTAIN MARK FREEMAN’S “RUDDERLESS” FOR NOVEMBER 19, 2011

BOAT MOORAGE AND OFFICES FOR RENT AT FREMONT BOAT COMPANY.

OUR NEW LOGO THANKS TO BILL GARDEN & JOHN ADAMS.

 

OUR OLD FERRY BOAT "AIRLINE" OUR MOORAGE AND SALES OFFICE, 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 and we are here most of the time. This is a hands-on, old time family business and there are people around all the time – between us and the liveaboards and the tug company crew that goes and comes at all hours. We commute to our floating home by a small tug, so this is not one of those lonely places. The coffee pot is always on. We also have free sewage pump-outs for non-liveaboard customers through a wonderful service called PumpMeOut. We have been in business since 1916. See all the pictures on our Facebook site for Fremont Boat Co. We also have on facebook, Mark Freeman, Fremont Tugboat Co. and Tom Bulson (Erik’s partner in the Tugboat Co.)  We have a few offices coming available in our on-site office building (called the O.H. Doc Freeman  Building). Call Margie at 206 632 0152 or her cell is 206-786-2897 – she’s in charge.

WEATHER REPORT FOM YOUR ON SCENE REPORTER.

We had wonderful fall weather for October and half of November but looking out yesterday from my office window, downtown Seattle just disappeared in the rain thick skies. Oh well, get your oil skins out. Most mornings the cats greet us from inside the office and BATMAN has taken up permanent residency on Margie’s desk… in the in basket. Today the sun is out and it’s very bright –  wonderful thing about this country is that the weather changes every 12 hours.

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.

 

Chuck Fowler, who I worked with on the “Tugboats on Puget Sound” book, 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 War destroyer 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 operating in Puget Sound during World War II, production of the third largest number of WWII 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 War era of the 1960′s and 1970′s, and production and operation of Coast Guard fast response boats following the September 11, 2001 homeland terrorist 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 40-footer, sending both boats to the bottom of the lake and narrowly avoiding any deaths or injuries.
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 “Patrol 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 book stores after December 12th.

Mark Freeman

 

 

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

 

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

There is a very special, brand new Seattle business that just opened its doors on Canal Street. It is called the Fremont Mischief Distillery & Tasting Room. Mike & Patti Sherlock have installed all the equipment necessary for making liquor – really, really good, organic liquor. You have to go see it, even if you don’t drink! They have really creative, unusual things for sale and on display – it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Mike has made a special Soldier Commemorative bottle of which a dollar a bottle is donated to help support families of men and women serving in the United States armed services. The dog tag on the side of each bottle are from a fallen soldier.  On the side of the lantern box is printed and I quote:  “It is for us the living to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we carry increased devotion to that cause for which they so nobly gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom and that governments of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth  . Abraham Lincoln – Gettysburg 1863″

 

FREMONT MISCHIEF WEB SITE.

 
 
 

COAST GUARD VETERAN MARK FREEMAN SHOWS OFF THE SPECIAL SOLDIERS COMMERATIVE BOTTLE .

  
 

FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY

The boys - Captain Tom and Captain Erik and Mate Jake  – finished up voyage (highway) repairs to the General Lee after her trip to the Columbia River. Capt. Erik got the boat back just in time to take full advantage of her dry, heated pilot house. They had enough time to take the ON-TIME out of water at CSR. We had to re-pitch the wheel, fix the stern bearing, repaint the hull, change the boot stripe to white, put her name on the stern, the numbers on the bow, new zincs and refasten the shoe and the skeg. Tom took the stainless steel rudder up to the shop before it fell apart and rebuilt it. He put a wedge on the back and capture plates top and bottom and 2 bars thru the center for added stiffness. He did such a good job that I took a picture of it, it’s what we do to all rudders. Nice job fellows!!!!!!!! Bravo Zulu to you all.

So, just as we’re feeling pretty smug with all this wonderfulness, we started up the engine and the exhaust manifold cracked  ….since it’s a 1950 or so 109 Gray Marine engine, Tom is on the hunt.  A true boat project.

ON-TIME LOOKING BETTER.

 

MARGIE ADMIRING TOM'S RUDDER REBUILD.

 

 

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE ON HIS TUG "SEAL ROCK". YOUNG MARK IN 1948. HARRY KIRWIN PHOTO

 

BATMAN OFFICIAL GREETER . MARK FREEMAN PHOTO

 

ON-TIME SHIPYARD CREW FROM THE LEFT TOM BULSON, JAKE LINDSEY, ERIK FREEMAN AND MARK FREEMAN. PHOTO BY MARGIE FREEMAN

 

EX-AMERICAN TUGBOAT COMPANY TUG "IRENE" GOING BY BUT MARGIE WAS FLEET OF FOOT AND JUST CAUGHT HER IN TIME. PHOTO BY MARGIE FREEMAN.

 

STABBERT'S "MARY ANN" MAKING A PICK OFF THE "SAHARA". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"GENERAL LEE" OFF-CHARTER AT CSR. ALMOST READY TO GO BACK TO WORK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"GENERAL LEE" HEADED FOR THE BAY AT CSR. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

CRAIG TRANS (EX-CRAIG FOSS) IN DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD FOSS SOLD HER FOREIGN AND IN TALKING TO THE CREW SHE IS HEADED FOR MEXICO TO PICK UP A TOW TO CHINA. I HOPE SHE DOESN'T GET SCRAPPED, SHE IS SUCH A PRETTY MODEL. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"ALASKAN ENTERPRISE" OUTSIDE THE LOCKS WITH A TREE IN HER PROP. YOU CAN JUST SEE PART OF IT STICKING OUT OF WATER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

HERE WE ARE WITH "ALASKAN ENTERPRISE " IN TOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

HERE SHE IS IN DRY DOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD FOR TREE REMOVAL. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO

 

"R.M. THORSTENSON" TIED UP AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO

 

"DIXIE LAYING WITH K-SEA TUGS AT END OF I-90 AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE CRAIG TRANS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

RORY GETTING HIS MORNING CUP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO

 

"PRO SURVEYOR" IN DRYDOCK AT STABBERT YACHT & SHIP FOR CONVERSION TO ANOTHER FISHERY. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" GETTING READY TO SHIFT "ROYAL ATLANTIC" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

BEAUTIFUL FISH BOATS GLEAMING IN THE FALL SUN AT FISHERMEN'S TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.

SEA & SHORE CONSTRUCTION'S NEW TUG MADE OUT OF THE 36 FOOT TUG "PETER H". RICHARD HAD THE BOW CUT OFF TO GET HER UNDER 26 FEET AND BOB & RIC DONATED THE PILOTHOUSE OFF THE "HORNET" AND PRESTO WE HAVE A NEW TUG. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO

 Here are photos that we took of the launching of Western Towboat’s new 5000 H.P. tug the “ARCTIC TITAN”. These boats have been a real success with their huge Z-drives; they can control the landing of the big Lynden barges in bad weather even without an assist tug. They build them in their own land yard across from their office, a house mover rolls them into a waiting Foss drydock and then they tow the drydock into Lake Union where it is lowered and they tow the new boat back to their moorage to be completed.

FOUNDER OF WESTERN TOWBOAT, BOB SHREWSBURY SENIOR, AND MARGIE FREEMAN. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

ALL READY FOR THE TRIP TO THE WATER - BEAUTIFUL WORKMANSHIP. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

TUG “WASP” HOLDING FOSS DRYDOCK AGAINST BULKHEAD SO THE HOUSEMOVERS CAN ROLL THE NEW TUG INTO THE DRYDOCK. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"HORNET" AND THE "WASP" TOW THE FOSS DRYDOCK UP THE SHIP CANAL. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN.

FLOTILLA JUST CLEARING THE FREMONT BRIDGE. BEAUTIFUL FALL COLORS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"WASP" AND TOW JUST ENTERING LAKE UNION. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

THE TOW IS STOPPED IN LAKE UNION; NOW THE LOWERING OF THE DRYDOCK WILL COMMENCE. THE "HORNET" WAS A FOSS HARBOR TUG THE "OMER" - A SISTER TO OUR TUG "GRACE" - EXCEPT IT HAD A BOOM BOAT STYLE HOUSE. GREAT BOATS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

"FLYER" AND CAPTAIN RIC ARRIVE TO TOW ARCTIC TITAN ONCE SHE FLOATS CLEAR OF DRYDOCK. "FLYER" WAS THE "TEEKALET II". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DRYDOCK IS FLOODING DOWN AND BOTH TUGS HAVE SHIFTED THEIR TOWLINES TO THE UPPER DECK OF THE DRYDOCK. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DRYDOCK FLOODING FAST; PROPS JUST GETTING WET. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

DRYDOCK IS DOWN; EVERYONE STAND FAST WHILE THEY CHECK THE NEW TUG. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

"FLYER" AND CAPTAIN RIC GETTING READY TO MAKE UP TO ARCTIC TITAN. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 
 
 
 
 

CROSSING THE BAR.

Captain Eugene C. Stearns passed away last month at age 88. Born in Bandon, Oregon after graduating from Bandon High school in 1940, he immediatly joined the Navy. He served as Chief quartermaster and signal man on the heavy cruiser “ASTORIA” which was sunk in the battle of Savo Island. He was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart and left the Navy in 1944 to recover from his wounds. He was married in 1948 to Barbara Wright and they had 2 children. He had several very interesting jobs in his career. He was Master of the tug Port of Bandon for 2 years. He was production superintendent at Moore-Mill Lumber Co. for 5 years. He put in 13 years as Master on Ocean towing vessels coming ashore with Oregon Coast Towing in 1962. He was transferred to Puget Sound Tug & Barge and for 6 years was Manager of Operations.He joined Foss Maritime in 1968 and was vice president of marine services for Foss / Dillingham and retired from Foss in 1986. He was a licensed Master Oceans as well as a first class pilot. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Barbara and his 2 children Douglas and Kristine, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grand children.

  
 

 

OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND,  STAN WILLHIGHT SENDS ON THESE GREAT OLD TUG BOAT PICTURES.   THANKS STAN.

1982 "GRANT DIXON" LAYING IN ASTORIA. SHE BECAME OUR TUG "DIXIE". STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

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THE "JOHNNY JR". SHE WAS A LEROY WILLIE TUG AND TOWED LOGS IN OLYMPIA FOR YEARS. SHE WAS BUILT TO WORK ON ONE OF THE DAMS IN EASTERN WASHINGTON. HERE IN 1984 SHE MAY BELONG TO WATERFRONT CONSTRUCTION. I THINK SHE HAD A 200 CUMMINS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

4-28-1978 TUG “TRIUMPH” IN EVERETT. SHE WAS AN OREGON COAST STEAM  BAR TUG AND AT FIRST  SHE DID NOT EVEN HAVE A FORWARD PILOT HOUSE. ALL THE STEERING AND CONTOLS WERE ON TOP OF THE LOWER HOUSE – YOU COULD SEE BETTER IF YOU WERE OUT IN THE OPEN. WASHINGTON TUG AND BARGE HAD HER FOR A LONG TIME. BOB SHREWSBURY OWNED HER, SHE HAD A 300 HP WASHINGTON DIRECT REVERSIBLE IN HER AND WHEN THEY WORE OUT THE FORWARD PART OF EVERYTHING THEY CHANGED THE PROP AND PUT A LEFT HAND WHEEL ON HER AND USED THE PART OF THE ENGINE THAT HAD NOT BEEN WORN OUT. A DIRECT REVERSIBLE DOESN’T CARE WHICH WAY IT RUNS AS THERE IS NO CLUTCH. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

3-1-1984 "SAM FOSS" WITH LOG TOW OFF EVERETT. SHE WAS ONE OF THOSE GREAT LITTLE HARBOR TUGS THAT FOSS BUILT; IT SEEMED LIKE THEY ALL HAD A DIFFERENT HOUSE BUT THEY SURE PULLED GOOD. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

3-1-1985 HERE WE ARE OFF EVERETT AGAIN. THIS TIME YARDING ON A LOG RAFT ARE THE "GRACE" AND "LELA FOSS'. GREAT HARBOR BOATS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

3-1-1984 HERE WE ARE IN EVERETT HARBOR WITH 3 LOG BOATS YARDING RAFTS. DUNLAPS "CAMANO" WITH TWO CATS - ABOUT 800 HP; THE "LELA FOSS" WITH ONE D343 CAT OF 325 HP AND THE "GRACE FOSS" WITH ANOTHER 343 CAT OF 365 HP. THEY ARE HAVING A RACE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

1-19-1984 BACK IN SEATTLE THE MIKI'S "WESTERN SEA ONE" AND "POLAR SEA" ARE TIED UP WITH THE "HAIDA BRAVE". STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

DOUG LEEN, OUR MAN IN PETERSBURG, ALASKA, FORWARDS PHOTOS OF HIS TUG “KATAHDIN”;  ISN’T SHE A BEAUTY?  WHEN FOSS HAD HER THEY CALLED HER THE “CATHERINE FOSS” AND SHE HAD A 350 HP UNION DIESEL. NOW SHE HAS A 240 HP WASHINGTON HEAVY DUTY. DOUG DID A LOT OF WORK TO HER HAVING HER OUT OF WATER CAULKING AND PAINTING ETC.

KATAHDIN UP FOR BOTTOM WORK. DOUG LEEN PHOTO.

 

KATAHDIN WITH NEW COAT OF PAINT. DOUG LEEN PHOTO.

GARY KING, OUR MAN IN NEW WESTMINSTER,  SENDS ON PHOTOS THAT SOMEONE TOOK - I THINK IN EUROPE  – OF A GIANT SHEAR LEGS RAISING A TUG.

 

GIANT SHEAR LEGS SALVAGING A TUGBOAT. PHOTO SENT IN BY GARY KING.

 

SUNKEN TUG ON THE BEACH. PHOTO SENT IN FROM GARY KING.

 OUR MAN IN OLYMPIA, SCOTT SCHOCH, RUNS TUGS FOR DUNLAP SO WE NEVER KNOW WHERE HE IS WHEN TAKES  THESE PHOTOS. THANKS SCOTT.

UW RESEARCH VESSEL "CLIFFORD A. BARNES" SHE WAS A 65' COAST GUARD TUG. WE ALWAY LAUGH WHEN SHE GOES BY BECAUSE HER NAME SAKE WAS THE BAD GUY ON THE TV SHOW DALLAS. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

 

DUNLAP COUNTRY: THREE HARBOR TUGS AND THE "SAMISH", A LOG TOWER. SHE WAS A NAVY YTL THAT PACIFIC FISHERMEN CONVERTED INTO A CIVILIAN TUG AND BUILT A KORT NOZZEL INTO HER. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

87 FOOT COAST GUARD CUTTER OUTSIDE ANACORTES. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

DUNLAP'S "POLAR STORM" ENTERING EVERETT. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

"SEASPAN VALIANT" ON A WINDY DAY WITH A BIG BARGE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

SMALL COAST GUARD BUOY TENDER AT SPEED. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

"ISLAND CHIEF" PUSHING A LARGE GRAVEL BARGE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 OUR  MAN IN NANIAMO, DON MEDFORTH, SENDS ALONG MORE PHOTOS FROM HIS DAD’S  COLLECTION, GORDON MEDFORTH. WE DO NOT KNOW WHO TOOK THE PHOTOS AND MOST OF THEM ARE CANADIAN BUT THE USA PHOTOS COULD BE JOE WILLIAMSON OR RAY KRANTZ PICTURES. THANKS DON.

 

CANADIAN TUG "LA LUTTE". PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

 

CANADIAN TUG "LA MITE". PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

 

CANADIAN TUG "LA FILLE" . PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

 

"LORNA FOSS" WAS AN EX NAVY TUG HER ORIGINAL NAME WAS "SAKAWESTON" AND HER NUMBER WAS YTB-289. SHE HAD A PAIR OF ENTERPRISES ON ONE SHAFT 635 HP EACH. PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

 

CANADIAN TUG "GRYPHON". PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

THE “RANGER” STARTED HER LIFE AS THE “CROWLEY NO. 20″, THEN SHE WAS THE “LILLICO NO.20″.  AFTER THAT SHE WAS THE “ADOLF J” BECOMING THE “RANGER” FOR PIONEER TOWING. I THINK SHE HAD A 220 HP ATLAS AND WHEN SHE WOLULD GO BY TOWING GRAVEL BARGES SHE ALWAYS FIRED HARD ON ONE CYLINDER. PHOTO FROM DON MEDFORTH.

 

OUR COUPLE IN COOS BAY, OREGON – BOB & VIRGINIA RICHARDSON – SHARE THEIR ALASKA TRIP PHOTOS.

 

DUNLAPS "SNOHOMISH" PULLING HARD ON A NORTHLAND BARGE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

 

"SNOHOMISH" AND HER NORTHLAND BARGE IN SERGIUS NARROWS. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

 

"WESTERN TITAN" WITH ALASKA MARINE LINES BARGE AT HAINES. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

BOYER TUG "HALLE H" AND FRED DAHL'S "TRITON" IN BACKGROUND AT KETCHIKAN. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

FRED DAHL'S "TRITON" AT THE FERRY DOCK IN SITKA. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

"LA CHEVAL ROUGE" IN SKAGWAY CRUISE SHIP CENTRAL. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

COAST GUARD BUOY TENDER "HICKORY" IN HOMER. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

 

 RON BURCHETT SENT IN THESE PHOTOS TAKEN IN PEGGY’S COVE ON THE EAST COAST OF CANADA. THE LIGHTHOUSE IS 60 FEET HIGH AND THAT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW BIG THE WAVES ARE. THANKS RON.

 

 

TOUGH GOING. PHOTO FROM RON BURCHETT.

 

I NEVER DID WANT TO GO TO SEA. PHOTO FROM RON BURCHETT.

 THOR RADFORD OF RADFORD CREATIVE  – OUR IMAGE MAN IN THE MARINA – SHARES SOME SEATTLE PHOTOS WITH US.

THOR RADFORD - NOW HERE IS A MAN THAT KNOWS HOW TO HANDLE A CAMERA. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.

 

ROWING UNDER THE BRIDGE. THOR RADFORD PHOTO.

 

FOGGY TUGS. THOR RADFORD PHOTO.

 

MORNING OVER THE MARINA. THOR RADFORD PHOTO.

 

SEATTLE UNDER THE CLOUDS. THOR RADFORD PHOTO.

 OUR MAN AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN, DOUG DIXON, GOT SEVERAL SHOTS OF OUR TUGS WORKING AT HIS SHIPYARD WHICH I WILL SHARE WITH YOU.  THANKS DOUG.

 

ERIK AND THE "GENERAL LEE" PUSHING ON THE ANITA J. DOUG DIXON PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" MADE UP TO "ANITA J". DOUG DIXON PHOTO.

 

A SHIPYARD IS A BUSY PLACE AND SUPPLIES LOTS OF JOBS TO THE COMUNITY. DOUG DIXON PHOTO.

 

TOM GETTING OUT THE HEAD WIRE FROM THE "DIXIE". DOUG DIXON PHOTO.

 

 

"STARFISH" OUT IN THE STREAM. DOUG DIXON PHOTO.

 

"DIXIE" AND "GENERAL LEE" AWAITING NEXT SHIFT. DOUG DIXON PHOTO.

 WE ARE AGAIN SAYING PRAYERS FOR A VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF OURS WHO IS BACK 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 AND ALSO THE BLOG ARCHIVES ITSELF SO YOU CAN GO BACK QUITE A WAYS.

 YOUR GUYS AND GALS IN SEATTLE WISH YOU A VERY  HAPPY THANKSGIVING,

         FAIRTIDE MARK, MARGIE,  ERIK, TOM, TRACEY, JAKE  AND THE CATS.

AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS:

ANOTHER ARCADIA PUBLICATION – ‘TUGBOATS ON PUGET SOUND” BY RENOWNED AUTHORS CHUCK FOWLER AND MARK FREEMAN IS AVAILABLE IN OUR OFFICE ON LAKE UNION.

CONTACT INFO AND PEOPLE THAT WE DO BUSINESS WITH.

 

THOR RADFORD OUR "IN-HOUSE" IMAGE MAN.

 

DECEMBER 7th, 1941 PEARL HARBOR DAY LEST WE FORGET.

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CAPTAIN MARK FREEMAN’S “RUDDERLESS” FOR OCTOBER 15, 2011.

MOORAGE AT THE FREMONT BOAT COMPANY.

OUR NEW LOGO

 

OUR OLD FERRY "AIRLINE" OUR MOORAGE AND SALES OFFICE,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 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 and we are in the office most of the week. We have clean rest rooms, one with a great shower. We also have free sewage pump outs for non-live aboard customers through a wonderful service called PumpMeOut. We have been in business since 1916. See all the pictures on our facebook site for Fremont Boat Co. We also have on Facebook, Mark Freeman, Fremont Tugboat and Tom Bulson. We have a few individual offices 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. Everyone in the marina that had a sail boat and participated in the “DUCK DODGES” had a wonderful summer of races and good fellowship and of course no partying.  We had a lot of beautiful evenings. We had a small celebration for us on September 20, that was the day my dad “DOC” bought Fremont Boat Market from Cap Webster in 1928. I bought Fremont Boat Company from my folks on September 20, 1959 and Margie has worked for me since September 20, 1979. So the business has been in the family for 83 years and I have owned it for 52 years and Margie has worked for me for 32 years and we have been married for 28 years. Fremont Tug was started in 1915 and Fremont Boat was started in 1916. I sold Erik and Tom the Tug Company in 1995 so they have been at that for 16 years and I have been running tugboats since I was eleven years old; now you can guess how old I am.  That’s a hell of a record in these troubled times for a family business to prosper and survive. I have only one thing to say about the whole thing: nothing replaces hard work and I am talking 7 days a week… forever.

 

WEATHER REPORT FROM YOUR ON SCENE REPORTER.

Well it was nice for most of September but it immediatly starting raining the minute Margie’s sister, Ellen, showed up for a weeks vacation from New Jersey. So, it’s clear now: goodby Fall, hello Winter. Batman, our roamer cat, knows the weather better than anyone, he is out all spring and summer and we get calls from over on Westlake and up at 45th and Stone Way to ‘come get your cat’. At the first hint of rain he is in the office warm and fat and sassy and greets us from inside - not outside. Smart cat.

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.

Chuck Fowler, who I worked with on the “Tugboats on Puget Sound” book, 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 War destroyer 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 operating in Puget Sound during World War II, production of the third largest number of WWII 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 War era of the 1960′s and 1970′s, and production and operation of Coast Guard fast response boats following the September 11, 2001 homeland terrorist 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 40-footer, sending both boats to the bottom of the lake and narrowly avoiding any deaths or injuries.
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 “Patrol 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 book stores after December 12th.

Mark Freeman

 

 

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

FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY:

The boys - Captain Erik and Captain Tom  – get awful busy at this time of the year; along with their regular towing they put the Boats Afloat Show together so all work on the ON-TIME comes to a halt. They also finished the charter in Eastern Washington with the “GENERAL LEE” and she is back at CSR for voyage (highway) repairs. CSR took over the Seaview East site.

UNFORTUNATE HAPPENINGS:

Waterfront Construction was building a bulkhead in South Seattle on Puget Sound and lost one of its beach boats. The converted LCM-8 landing barge 73 feet long sank in the middle of the operation. The TV and the Seattle Times all had articles on the “JUSTIN” sinking. As of last nights’ news a 150 ton crane barge had picked her off the bottom and they were placing her on another barge. It reminded me of a no news night they made such a big deal out of it that you would have thought that the “TITANIC” went down. The “JUSTIN” was a real handy work platform. She had spuds on her, a gate that let down so you could drive on and off the beach with equipment, a crane, Detroit Power and a two story house aft. Hope her life continues.

The “HENRY BRUSCO” was towing the 322 foot barge “ST. ELIAS” in Rosario Strait and the barge ran aground on “BELLE ROCK”. Global Diving inspected the barge and found a 10 foot hole in her. One of the problems was that she had thousands of pounds of U.S.NAVY explosives onboard.  It was determined that she would not sink and the Foss tug “DELTA LINDSEY” took her alongside and towed her stern first over to Indian Island - a U.S.NAVY ammunition base across from Port Townsend – escorted by the “HENRY BRUSCO” and the 87 foot Coast Guard Cutter “SWORDFISH”. The barge is owned by Samson Tug & Barge of Sitka, Alaska. She, too, will live another day to earn her keep.

 

TUG "HENRY BRUSCO" IN COOS BAY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

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.

I lost another old time friend, Carl Weber. His son, Ed, called me from Eastern Washington and told us that Carl was gone. He had moved to Moses Lake after he had sold the house in Grays Harbor. Carl was a past President of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society having served as President in 1976 and also in 1991 and 1992. Carl and I and our wives used to party at King’s Row and at King Oscar’s in the old days and he was always fun. My son, Erik, and I drove to Aberdeen when Carl was selling some of his artifacts and I bought a lot of tugboat stuff and pictures. When he had his business on 85th NW, I also bought a nice model of Margie’s old tug the EXCALIBAR (ex-LE MARS). Carl was also sending me pictures for the blog. His son, Ed,  said he would send me the obit info and maybe a picture later and when that arrives I will share it with you.

Leonard T. Campell passed away away on September 20, 2011 in Seattle at the age of 89. Leonard was a long time member of the Alaska and Puget Sound maritime community. During World War II he joined the U.S. Army Transportation Corps serving in Juneau and the Aluetian  Islands.  After the war Leonard and his dad, Ernest, started Campbell Towing out of Wrangell. Some of the tugs that they had were the ALASCO IV, RAMBLER, KAREN, RICHARD, ROBERT, ERNEST, MOGUL AND L.T. CAMPBELL. In fact the name board off the L.T. CAMPBELL hangs in my office as a nice present from Leonard. He is survived by his wife, Lynne, of 42 years and seven children, fourteen grandchildern and six great grandchildren! Another stalwart member of the tugboat community is gone and will be greatly missed.

 

LEONARD T. CAMPBELL

 

L.T. CAMPBELL NAMEBOARD THAT HANGS IN MY OFFICE.

 

OUR MAN IN SEATTLE MARK ON TUG SKOOKUM IN 1942.

 

WE LOST TRACK OF WHO DID WHAT WITH THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS, BUT WE KNOW MARK, MARGIE, ERIK AND TOM HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH AT LEAST ONE OF THEM. ENJOY.

 

DIXIE MAKING UP TO "PACIFIC STAR" AT STABBERT'S

 

DIXIE WITH "PACIFIC STAR" IN TOW FOR ALASKA BOAT.

 

THE SHIP CANAL ISN'T VERY WIDE AT BEST. HERE WE ARE PASSING WESTERN TOWBOAT.

 

DIXIE AND "PACIFIC STAR" JUST MAKING THE FREMONT BRIDGE.

 

DIXIE JUST LANDING AT ALASKA BOAT, THE FREEWAY BRIDGE IS ABOVE.

 

DIXIE CHARGING ALONG IN NE LAKE UNION. LOOK AT THE NEW STACK EMBLEM.

 

YOU KNOW THAT THE FIRST SHIFT IS WAY TOO EARLY WHEN THE SUN IS IN THIS POSITION.

 

CAPTAIN TOM GETTING READY TO START THE BOAT SHOW.

 

DIXIE SHIFTING THE "PRO SURVEYOR" TO THE WEST WALL AT FISHERMANS TERMINAL.

 

"LADY WASHINGTON" IN THE LAKE.

 

A GRUMMAN "ALBATROSS" VISITED US FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. IT WAS FUN TO WATCH IT COME AND GO.

 

HERE SHE IS LANDING. SHE WAS HERE FOR TESTING PURPOSES.

 

DIXIE WITH "PRO SURVEYOR" ALONGSIDE.

 

"JUSTINE FOSS" AND "PACIFIC STAR" LAYING AT THE FOSS SHIPYARD.

 

DIXIE MADE UP TO "MARGARET LYN" AT THE TERMINAL.

 

KEEGAN AND TOM SETTING ANCHORS AT THE BOATS AFLOAT SHOW.

 

NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD WITH WESTERN TITAN UP.

 

ANOTHER SHOT OF NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD WITH K-SEA TUGS ON THE END OF I-90.

 

DIXIE WITH "PACIFIC MARINER" ALONGSIDE AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN.

 

"WASSILIE B" AND "OCEAN HARVESTER"TIED UP AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN.

 

"NORSEMAN LONGBOAT" OUT FOR A ROW.

 

DIXIE WORKING THE "OCEAN PIONEER" IN AT STABBERT YACHT AND SHIP.

 

MOVING FLOATS AT BOATS AFLOAT SHOW.

 

JAKE AND KEEGAN AT THE BOATS AFLOAT SHOW.

 

MORE SET-UP AT THE BOATS AFLOAT SHOW FOR CAPT. TOM.

 

BOAT SHOW IS OVER NOW IT'S TIME TO PUT AWAY THE ACRES OF FLOATS.

 

DIXIE HAS THE HEAD END OF THE FLOATS, LOOKS LIKE A DECPTION PASS LOG TOW.

 

DIXIE PUSHING "MARGARET LYN" INTO #2 DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD.

 

K-SEA "EL LOBO GRANDE II" WITH DIXIE GETTING READY TO MOVE HER.

 

AL'S 30th BIRTHDAY CAKE HE HAS WORKED WITH US FOR 15 YEARS.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AL !!!!!

 

OH MY GOODNESS, YOU ARE NOW OLD.

 

OUR MISS BLUE, TRACY CRAIG, AT THE BIRTHDAY PARTY.

 

MARK AND MARGIE - THEY KNOW WHAT'S IN THE PRESENTS!

 

OLD FRIEND, AL GNANN, CAME TO VISIT AND WE HAD A GRAND TIME

 

BOYER'S "BILLIE H" NAMED FOR HIS FIRST TUG. I CAUGHT HER WHILE MAKING 40 MPH OVER THE BALLARD BRIDGE WITH MY READY CAMERA. SHE CAME IN THE LAKE WITH A HUGE SPUD BARGE AT ABOUT 0330.

 

"BATMAN" OUR ROAMER CAT IN FOR THE WINTER?

 

WE TOOK MARGIE'S SISTER, ELLEN, TO THE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT AND SAW WONDERFUL THINGS. HERE IS A WWII BRITISH SPITFIRE THAT SAVED THE NATION FROM THE NAZI HORDES DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID IT ALL "The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen, who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of World War by their prowess and devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" 20 August 1940.

 

AS YOU WALK IN THE ENTRANCE TO THE GRAND WWII HALL SCREAMING DOWN AT YOU OUT OF THE CLOUDS IS A DREADED ME 109 MESSERSCHMIDT OF THE GERMAN AIRFORCE.

 

HERE IS A WWI LIBERTY GAS ENGINE OF 450 H.P. THEY PUT A LOT OF THEM IN BOATS. THE MUSEUM IS A GREAT PLACE TO GO, LOTS OF VERY PERSONAL STUFF. THEY HAD TWO FLIGHT SIMULATORS AND I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT MARGIE, ELLEN AND I ALL CRASHED OUR PLANES.

 

THE NEXT DAY WE WENT TO THE TACOMA SEAPORT MUSEUM AND THAT TOO WAS FUN. BEFORE WE WALKED IN THE DOOR I SHOT A PICTURE OF THE K-SEA TUG "PACIFIC EAGLE" AND HER OIL BARGE. WE GOT TO SEE BILL SOMERS COLLECTION THAT THEY BOUGHT AFTER HIS DEATH. A LOT OF REALLY NEAT STUFF - EVEN A NAME BOARD OFF THE FERRY "BEE LINE" WHO WORKED FOR THE SAME COMPANY AS OUR OLD FERRY THE "AIRLINE".

 

ON SATURDAY WE DROVE TO MY FAVORITE TOWN, ANACORTES. BACKWARDS IT SPELLS SETROCANA AND THERE WAS A TUG NAMED SETROCANA AND IT WAS REGISTERED IN... YOU GUESSED IT: ANACORTES. ONE OF THE STOPS WE ALWAYS MAKE IS THE MARINE HARDWARE STORE AT THE END OF THE MAIN DRAG. I FOUND A CAT IN A BOX THAT MARGIE JUST COAXED RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. WE MET STEVE COX WHO WORKS THERE. HE IS AN EX-COASTIE TOO - RETIRED COMMANDER - SO I SENT HIM UP A BUNCH OF STUFF INCLUDING A FEW PAGES FROM MY 'YET TO BE PUBLISHED' BOOK "LIFEBOAT STATION SAILOR". WE MADE ALL THE SHOPS AND THE FARMERS MARKET WAS JUST SHUTTING DOWN SO WE MADE THE CIRCUIT AROUND WASHINGTON PARK. IT WAS A SUNNY DAY AND ELLEN GOT TO SEE ALL THE MOUNTAIN RANGES.

 

AT DAKOTA CREEK SHIPYARD HERE IS A LEGACY CLASS 15000 H.P. ATB CROWLEY TUG.

 

HERE IS MARGIE AND I ON TOP OF CAP SANTE - EVEN MT. BAKER WAS OUT.

 

ELLEN AND MARGIE JUST ABOVE SKYLINE MARINA AND BURROWS PASS. JUST BEHIND MARGIE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT DARK FORESTED POINT WAS WHERE ALL THE LOG TUGS TIED UP WAITING FOR WEATHER AND TIDES TO MAKE DECEPTION PASS. THEY HAD BIG DOLPHINS MADE OF STEEL RAILS AND THE PLACE WAS CALLED ALICE BIGHT. I PAINTED THE "JERKMORE'S" NAME ON THE BLUFF WITH ALL THE OTHER TUG NAMES.

 

ELLEN AND THE GENERAL LEE OFF CHARTER IN AT CSR FOR HIGHWAY REPAIRS.

 

ERIK AND TOM ARE ALWAYS HAPPY WHEN THEY ARE FIXING BOATS.

 

GREAT MOORAGE CUSTOMER, RON ERNST, AND MARGIE AT CSR LOOKING AT HIS NEW COAT OF BLACK PAINT ON HIS SAILBOAT "IGNITOR". HE CHANGED IT FROM HIS TRADEMARK RED.

OUR OTHER MAN FROM AGATE PASS, BEN SIAS, JUST DELIVERED A BOAT FROM DOUGLAS, ALASKA TO EAGLE HARBOR AND HE TOOK A LOT OF PHOTOS  AND TEXT WHICH I WILL SHARE WITH YOU. THANKS BEN

 

HERE IS THE "SALISH EXPLORER", SHE IS 45 FT.x 15 FT. AND HAS 3 VOLVO KAD42 MAINS AND SHE IS WELDED ALUMINUM.

 

THE "MICHAEL C" WAS JUST LEAVING HER DOCK IN KETCHIKAN.

 

THE "ALASKA MARINER" WAS JUST PASSING HOLLY POINT IN GRENVILLE CHANNEL. SHE BELONGS TO WESTERN TOWBOAT AND MY NEPHEW SCOTT STOPPELMAN WAS ON HER MAIDEN VOYAGE TO WESTWARD 30 PLUS DAYS. THE CAPTAIN TOLD BEN ON THE RADIO THAT MILBANKE SOUND WAS VERY ROUGH AND SO HE WAS ABLE TO SKIRT SOME OF IT. BEN SAYS THANK YOU TO THE CAPTAIN.

 

THE "LELA JOY" HEADED NORTH THRU SEYMOUR NARROWS WITH HER FUEL BARGE JUST PAST SLACK.

 

THE GULF RIVAL WAS ON STANDBY FOR THE HURRICANE FORCE WINDS THAT WERE EXPECTED TO HIT BELLA BELLA / SHEARWATER... APPARENTLY IN THE LAST BLOW THE DOCKS AND BOATS STARTED GETTING AWAY. WE WERE LUCKY THEY LET US TIE UP AND HIDE THERE..

 

THE "INGENIKA" WAS STANDING OFF THE PRINCE RUPERT FUEL PIER. IT IS A GOOD LOOKING BOAT, AND IF YOU LOOK CLOSE, YOU CAN SEE THAT THE HOUSE IS ATTACHED TO THE HULL BY RUBBER AND STEEL FEET. I SPOKE TO THE DECKHAND AND HE SAID IT WAS A RECENT CHANGE AND WAS DONE TO REDUCE VIBRATION AND NOISE.

 

THE GREEN TUGS THE "DENNY II", "DRIVER" AND "SOOKE PRINCE" WERE HANGING OUT AS I LEFT THE FUEL PIER IN NANIAMO HEADED FOR THE GULF ISLANDS.

 

OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON AND HIS WIFE VI, TOOK A BIG CAR TRIP THRU ALASKA AND I WILL BE SHARING MANY OF THEIR PHOTOS WITH YOU. THANKS BOB.

JENNY B AND ETHAN B AT KETCHIKAN IN THE RAIN. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

"ETHAN B" IN KETCHIKAN FROM DINING ROOM OF THE "COLUMBIA" REFLECTION FROM THE OUTSIDE RAILINGS. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

 

FAMILIAR PUGET SOUND BOAT THE TUG "BEE" STARTED HER LIFE AS THE "NELLIE PEARSON". I HAD HER FOR SALE WHEN WASHINGTON TUG & BARGE OWNED HER WHEN SHE HAD THE SUPERIOR. BOB SHREWSBURY HAD HER FOR YEARS AND HE TOWED OUT OF THE PITT FOR SALMON BAY. KEITH STERNBERG PUT THE 6 CYLINDER ATLAS IN HER AND TOWED LOGS WITH HER. GARY DUFF OWNED HER AND BRUCE LIPPENCOTT HAD HER FOR A YACHT. ALWAYS WAS A PRETTY BOAT AND FAST. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

 

TUG "BEE" IN KETCHIKAN IT ALWAYS RAINS. PHOTO BY BOB RICHARDSON.

 

"ETHAN B" (EX-ANDY HEAD) ASSISTING THE "SNOHOMISH" AND HER NORTHLAND BARGE AT KETCHIKAN. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

NORTHLAND BARGE AND DUNLAP'S "SNOHOMISH" AND "ETHAN B" ASSISTING. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

"MICHAEL C" IN KETCHIKAN... IT NEVER DID STOP RAINING. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

 

OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WHILLHIGHT SENDS ON THESE GREAT OLD PHOTOS. THANKS STAN.

6-14-1984 "STORM QUEEN" AT VANCOUVER B.C. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.

 

7-12-1984 "HAIDA BRAVE" AT SEATTLE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

7-12-1984 CROWLEY'S "PUERTO NUEVO" AT SEATTLE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

5-1983 "JIM MCDONALD" AT HOQUIAM (ex-KNICK WIND). ALLMAN-HUBBLE BUILT HER UP TO TAKE BARGES UP RIVER TO THE NEW ATOMIC PLANT THAT NEVER HAPPENED. DUNLAP GOT HER AND NAMED HER THE "QUILCEDA" AND SHE WAS RECENTLY SOLD TO AN OUTFIT IN ANACORTES AND IS NOW PAINTED WITH A BLACK HULL AND WHITE HOUSE WITH BLUE TRIM. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

5-1983 "JAMES T QUIGG" ANOTHER ALLMAN - HUBBLE BOAT. DUNLAP ALSO GOT HER, RENAMED HER THE "ROSARIO" AND MADE HER INTO A TWIN-SCREW BOAT. BIG ABLE BOAT AND I SEE HER IN ANACORTES MOST OF THE TIME. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

5-1983 "LOUISE NO.2" OLD ELLIOT BAY MILL BOAT. SHE TOWED LOGS STEADY FOR THE MILL AND I THINK SHE HAD A 190 H.P. HENDY. SHE USED TO HAVE A DOUBLE HOUSE AND SHE ALWAYS HAD A BIG GOOD LUCK SHAMROCK PAINTED ON THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE. MARION GALIGAN WAS HER SKIPPER FOR YEARS. I THINK FRANK TINSLEY TOOK OFF THE PILOT HOUSE BUT SHE SURE LOOKS STRANGE WITHOUT IT. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

 

3-1-1984 "CAMANO" AT EVERETT. SHE WAS THE "STEPHEN B" A DUNLAP HARBOR BOAT WITH THE HOUSE AFT. THEY REBUILT HER AND PUT IN TWO CATS, 400 H.P. EACH - I THINK. SHE WAS THE HOTTEST THING IN TOWN. I WAS HELPING DUNLAP ONE NIGHT OUTSIDE THE LOCKS WITH A LOG SPILL AND SHE WAS WORKING ALONGSIDE US AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN A BOAT GET AROUND LIKE HER. SHE WOULD FOREVER SPOIL YOU. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

3-1-1984 WESTERN TOWBOAT'S NEXT NEW BUILD AFTER THE "WASP" THEY CALLED HER THE "ALASKA MARINER" GREAT BOAT TWIN SCREW AND A NICE WIDE STERN FOR BACKING ON BIG BARGES THAT THEY TOWED BACK AND FORTH TO ALASKA. I WAS AT THE CHRISTENING. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO - THANKS STAN.

 

OUR MAN IN NANIAMO, DOUG MEDFORTH, SENDS ALONG MORE PHOTOS FROM HIS DADS COLLECTION.  WE DO NOT KNOW WHO TOOK THE PHOTOS AND MOST OF THEM ARE CANADIAN BUT THE USA PHOTOS COULD BE JOE WILLAMSON OR RAY KRANTZ PICTURES. AFTER ALL THAT WE STILL LIKE TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU. THANKS DON.

HERE IS PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE'S NEPTUNE IN THE SHIP CANAL WITH A SHIP ALONGSIDE JUST BEFORE THE FREMONT BRIDGE. SHE WAS THE R.M. WOODWORD A GOVERNMENT VESSEL, THEY TOWED HER UP THE COAST IN THE LATE 1930's AND REBUILT HER INTO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TUG THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN. THEY INSTALLED A 1050 H.P. FAIRBANKS AND SHE WAS THE SPEED QUEEN OF THE SOUND. IF YOU LOOK AT THE SHORE BEHIND HER YOU WILL SEE THE COAL YARDS AND THE SIGN LADYSMITH WHERE THE COAL CAME FROM. TODAY YOU CAN STILL SEE THE INDENT IN THE SIDE OF THE SHIP CANAL WHERE THE BARGES WERE TIED UP FOR UNLOADING. IN FACT I HAVE A PHOTO OF THE "MASTER" WITH A COAL BARGE IN THE SHIP CANAL THAT I TOOK IN THE EARLY 1950's. PHOTO FROM THE GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

 

HERE IS A PHOTO OF THE STEAM TUG "WANDERER". SHE TOWED SAILING SHIPS IN FROM THE CAPE FOR YEARS. I CAN REMEMBER HER WELL OPERATING UNDER FOSS COLORS. IN FACT STAN MADE ME A MODEL OF HER AND IT LIVES IN MY OFFICE. SHE WENT ASHORE IN THE FOG AND THAT HURT HER SO BAD THAT SHE NEVER RECOVERED AND HER BONES ARE BLEACHING ON THE NISQUALLY FLATS. GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

 

CANADIAN TUG "STRATH" I SAW A GREAT MODEL OF HER IN THE MARINE MUSEUM IN VICTORIA AND SHE HAD THE BEST BUFF COLOR THAT I HAVE SEEN ON A TUG. PHOTO FROM THE GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

 

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CANADIAN TUG "SEASPAN VALIANT" PHOTO FROM GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

 

PROBABLY THE MOST FAMOUS OLD TIME CANADIAN TUG THE "LORNE". GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION.

 

MODEL OF THE RESTORED CANDIAN STEAM TUG "MASTER". THE REAL THING IS STILL RUNNING. I REMEMBER HER MAKING COAL BARGE TOWS INTO THE LAKE. I THINK BYRON BUILT THE MODEL AND THE PHOTO IS FROM DON MEDFORTH - BUT I DON'T KNOW FOR SURE.

 

UNITED STATES STEAM TUG "PROSPER" IN WINTER. SHE SUNK UP IN EVERETT AND AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION RAISED HER BUT THAT WAS THE END OF HER. I HAVE A GREAT PHOTO OF HER MAKING DECEPTION PASS WITH A LOG TOW AND IT MUST BE A 4 FT SQUARE PICTURE. I BOUGHT IT FROM THE GOOD WILL IN THE 1960's FOR $7.50. SHE TOWED FOR BELLINGHAM TUG & BARGE AND FOR FOSS. PHOTO FROM THE GORDON MEDFORTH COLLECTION

 

OUR MAN FROM OLYMPIA, SCOTT SCHOCH, THAT RUNS TUGS FOR DUNLAP SENDS US MORE PHOTOS. THANKS SCOTT AND DROP BY WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU.

TANKER "BRITISH LAUREL" ISN'T SHE A LONG DRINK OF SOUP. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO

 

DUNLAP TUG "ROSARIO" MAKING UP TOW FOR LINE HAUL BOAT. SHE WAS THE "JAMES T QUIGG". SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO

 

HERE IS THE "JAMES DUNLAP" IN TOW OF ONE OF THEIR SMALL POWERFUL HARBOR BOATS ON KIND OF A BLOWY DAY. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE THE RESPONSIBLITY OF GETTING THIS LOG TOW TO THE STORAGE? IT IS VERY HEAVY AND IT WILL ONLY MOVE AT A MILE AND ONE HALF AN HOUR, IF IT GETS WINDY THE WAVES WILL BREAK IT UP INTO LITTLE PIECES THAT HAVE TO BE PICKED UP. YOU WILL BE GREATLY AFFECTED BY CURRENTS. WILL YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIDE TO GET YOU AROUND THE CORNER WHERE YOU WILL BE SAFE WHEN THE TIDE TURNS? WHAT DO YOU DO IF A SIDE STICK BREAKS AND THE TOW STARTS SPEWING LOGS OUT AND YOU CAN'T STOP NOW? JUST THINK ABOUT THESE FEW THINGS THAT I HAVE MENTIONED THE NEXT TIME YOU GO BY ONE OF THESE TOWS...AND SLOW DOWN. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHOCH.

 

A BOYER BOAT THE "NORMA H". SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.

 

DUNLAP'S "SWINOMISH" WAITING FOR THE CURRENT TO CHANGE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO

 

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND KIND WORDS AND THOUGHTS FOR OUR FRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL WHO IS DOING MUCH BETTER AND MAY BE ABLE TO GO HOME SOON.

THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT IN PHOTOS AND TALL TALES SO THAT I CAN SHARE THEM WITH YOU ONE PHOTO AT A TIME AND ONE STORY AT A TIME - IT IS ALL PART OF OUR WONDERFUL HISTORY THAT MAY OTHERWISE BE LOST.

IF YOU DOOUBLE CLICK ON THE PHOTOS IN THE BLOG THEY WILL GET BIGGER AND THE BLOG ARCHIVES ITSELF.

YOUR MAN AND GAL IN SEATTLE,

FAIRTIDE MARK AND MARGIE AND THE CATS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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