Excuse for the late blog: “It’s going around”.

February 15, 2010.

 

I have been laid up for about a week with a nasty cold; I was trying to get this out last Saturday but went home instead and Margie would not let me out of the house until now. Lucky that I have more than one video to watch so I never get bored.  All better now but I am so far behind that I will never get caught up. Just to finish what I have started I have to live to be 108 and by that time I will have lost interest…sad story ?

     The towing company has been quite busy assembling all the floats for the Big Seattle Boat Show; that is a pretty intense  process that takes a couple of weeks along with trying to fit in your normal customers but the weather has sure been good.  El Niño has sure made a warm winter for the tug crews but it’s hell on southern California getting all our storms.  The poor Olympics can’t get enough snow or cold and it rained all night just before the grand opening.  But we will all suffer for no snow pack –  Karnack  predicts.

       We had a lot of interesting stuff going on as you will see in the picture section including making the Seattle Times with a picture of Capt. Erik towing a log float with huge cedar logs in it. The float came out of water at Seaview East and the lumber will be used in making furniture. The owner has his own portable saw mill, so it will be easier for him to make good use of the wood. Almost like AXE MEN on the TV and the 2 fellows that were getting logs off the bottom of the Hoquiam River.  I hear by the grapevine that the DNR was more than a little upset with them but it makes for great viewing. They have escaped down south and are now harvesting logs off the bottom with the aligators.

 

 

 

OUR TUG DIXIE SHIFTING SARGASSO SEA INTO STABBERT'S

OUR TUG DIXIE SHIFTING SARGASSO SEA INTO STABBERT'S

 

 

 

 

DIXIE PUSHING SARGASSO SEA INTO WEST PIER WEST SIDE INNER AT STABBERT'S.

DIXIE PUSHING SARGASSO SEA INTO THE WEST SIDE OF THE WEST INNER PIER AT STABBERT'S.

 

 

 

 

AXE MAN KEEGAN BROWN & CAPT. DEEP SEA TOM BULSON AT BOATS AFLOAT SHOW.

AXE MAN KEEGAN BROWN & CAPT. DEEP SEA TOM BULSON AT BOATS AFLOAT SHOW.

 

 

 

 

OUR TUG DIXIE PUSHING STEAM CRANE FOSS NO. 300 AT THE FOSS TERMINAL.

OUR TUG DIXIE PUSHING STEAM CRANE FOSS NO. 300 AT THE FOSS TERMINAL.

 

 

 

FOSS NO. 300 PICKING 40 TON LOADER OUT OF HOLD.

FOSS NO. 300 PICKING 40 TON LOADER OUT OF THE HOLD.

 

 

 

 

LOADER COMING ASHORE AT FOSS TERMINAL  BIG ISNT IT.

LOADER COMING ASHORE AT FOSS TERMINAL. BIG, ISN'T IT?

 

 

 

 

OUR DIXIE WITH PACIFIC STAR ALONGSIDE.

OUR DIXIE WITH PACIFIC STAR ALONGSIDE.

 

 

 

 

 

cAPT. ERIK DOING HIS FAVORITE TOW. HE ALWAYS WAS A GOOD LOG MAN. A PHOTO OF THIS TOW WAS IN THE SEATTLE TIMES.

CAPT. ERIK DOING HIS FAVORITE TOW. HE ALWAYS WAS A GOOD LOG MAN. A PHOTO OF THIS TOW WAS IN THE SEATTLE TIMES.

 

 

 

 

OUR DIXIE, I DIDNT KNOW THAT THE KIDS WORKED AFTER DARK.

OUR DIXIE, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE KIDS WORKED AFTER DARK.

 

 

 

 

MORE DIXIE AFTER DARK, IT MUST BE TRUE.

MORE DIXIE AFTER DARK, IT MUST BE TRUE.

 

 

 

 

LOOKS LIKE MANSON RED PAINT GOING ON THE SHELLEY ?

LOOKS LIKE MANSON RED PAINT GOING ON THE SHELLEY ?

 

 

 

 

MARK AND CAPT. BILL FOUNTAIN HAVING A LAUGH ON THE STERN OF THE MARGARET ANN.

MARK AND CAPT. BILL FOUNTAIN HAVING A LAUGH ON THE STERN OF THE MARGARET ANN.

 

 

 

MARGARET ANN MADE UP TO CRANE BARGE DB 9.

MARGARET ANN MADE UP TO CRANE BARGE DB 9.

 

 

 

INDY OUR 17 POUND CAT AT HOME HE IS WHAT YOU CALL FAT AND SASSY.

INDY OUR 17 POUND CAT AT HOME HE IS WHAT YOU CALL FAT AND SASSY.

 

 

 

 

BATMAN LOOKING OUT MY OFFICE WINDOW.

BATMAN LOOKING OUT MY OFFICE WINDOW.

 

 

 

 

RASS ALWAYS JUMPS UP ON RAIL TO SAY HELLO, HE IS 9.

RAZZ ALWAYS JUMPS UP ON THE RAIL TO SAY HELLO, HE IS 9.

 

 

 

 

 

BATMAN TRYING OUT A NEW PERCH HE LOOKS RIGHT AT HOME.

BATMAN TRYING OUT A NEW PERCH; HE LOOKS RIGHT AT HOME.

 

 

 

 

CAPT. DEEP SEA TOM FOUND A NEW HAT AND IS HAVING A GOOD TIME WITH IT.

CAPT. DEEP SEA TOM FOUND A NEW HAT AND IS HAVING A GOOD TIME WITH IT.

 

 

 

 

OUR DIXIE WITH AMERICAN LADY ALONGSIDE JUST MAKING FREMONT.

OUR DIXIE WITH AMERICAN LADY ALONGSIDE JUST MAKING FREMONT.

 

Our man in Coos Bay, Bob Richardson, sent us several  good pictures of tugs and the Coos Bay Bar. You can see it breaking outside the tug in the shallows – wow! great shots Bob; I think he takes part of  them out the front window of his and Virginia’s home. Thanks Bob.

 

 

 

 

 

HEIDEL BRUSCO HEADED OUT OF COOS BAY WITH 2 EMPTYS BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

HEIDEL BRUSCO HEADED OUT OF COOS BAY WITH 2 EMPTIES. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

 

 

 

LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE WAVES BREAKING JUST OUT SIDE HER. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE WAVES BREAKING JUST OUTSIDE HER. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

 

 

 

JUST MAKING THE TURN. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

JUST MAKING THE TURN. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

 

 

 

 

TAURUS ON HER WAY OUT  BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

TAURUS ON HER WAY OUT OF COOS BAY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO

 

 

 

 

 

DUNLAP'S TAURUS AND DUMP SCOW AND CRANE HEADED OUT OBSERVE THE WAVES BREAKING BEYOND THE JETTY  BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

DUNLAP'S TAURUS AND DUMP SCOW AND CRANE HEADED OUT. OBSERVE THE WAVES BREAKING BEYOND THE JETTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.

 

Our man in Whidbey Island, Stan Willhight, has sent us another great set of photos. Wonderful shots of the P&T PIONEER and her log tow in the La Conner slough with help of Dunlap’s PULL & BE DAMNED and the SNEE-OOSH.  P&T PIONEER was built for Pope & Talbot by Prothero Boat Co. on Lake Union and launched in 1951 and was powered with a 260 horsepower Washington  diesel which much later was replaced with a D353 Cat of around 400 H.P.  She is alive and well in Canada after being sold at the big auction when Pope & Talbot closed the mill at Port Gamble many years ago.  She was supposed to be the successor  to Boyer’s SUSAN H but she was never as pretty and had about the same horsepower – in my opinion. Dunlap’s PULL AND BE DAMNED was built in 1971 with 240 hp. by the Skagit Corp. and the SNEE-OOSH was built in 1970 Post Point in Bellingham with a 350 hp Cat.

 

 

 

 

 

P&T PIONEER IN LACONNER SLOUGH WITH PULL AND BE DAMNED AND SNEE-OOSH ASSISTING. STAN WILHIGHT PHOTO

P&T PIONEER IN LA CONNER SLOUGH WITH PULL AND BE DAMNED AND SNEE-OOSH ASSISTING. STAN WILHIGHT PHOTO

 

 

 

 

 

P & T PIONEER NOTICE HOW SHE NARROWS IN TOWARD HER STERN SO THAT SHE CAN TURN AWAY FROM A LOG RAFT JUST BY PUTTING THE RUDDER OVER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

P & T PIONEER NOTICE HOW SHE NARROWS IN TOWARD HER STERN SO THAT SHE CAN TURN AWAY FROM A LOG RAFT JUST BY PUTTING THE RUDDER OVER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

 

 

 

P & T PIONEER BOW VIEW FROM BRIDGE ACROSS SLOUGH. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

P & T PIONEER BOW VIEW FROM BRIDGE ACROSS SLOUGH. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

 

 

 

PULL AND BE DAMNED ASSISTING. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

PULL AND BE DAMNED ASSISTING. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

 

 

 

 

 

SNEE-OOSH ASSISTING, STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

SNEE-OOSH ASSISTING, STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

 

The pretty NANCY FOSS was launched as the CALCITE  in 1907 To keep her upright they lashed a cedar log to each side so that she would not roll over before she got her engine. Jack McCrary told me the story because he was at the launching. She ended her career with a big Cummins Diesel and after Foss sold  her someone had let the water-cooled  reduction gear freeze up and break and they were running it without cooling. She was called the NANCY BEAR. 

 

 

 

 

 

NANCY FOSS WASNT SHE PRETTY.

NANCY FOSS. WASN'T SHE PRETTY?

 

The picture of the two tugs laying together sure show the new and the old. The inside tug being the Invader class Crowley boat the CAVALIER and outside is the MARY D HUME who is now bleaching her bones on the Oregon coast at  Gold Beach. The photo was taken after Crowley bought American Tug in Everett. Crowley was a Good Samaritan  and gave the boat to the Curry County Historical Society because she was built at Gold Beach and someone tried to hoist her out of water and she fell ruining the hull; you can see her from the highway, sunk. No good deed shall go unpunished. 

 

 

 

 

 

MARY D HUME AND CAVALIER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

MARY D HUME AND CAVALIER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

 

DAPHNE was one of a class of 165 foot Coast Guard Cutters launched in 1932 at Bath Maine with a pair of Winton Diesels totaling 1340 hp.  Sold surplus in 1954 she was reengined with a pair of 398 Cats; gad, she was pretty. One of her owners was Pacific Western Lines. I was told she ended up in Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

DAPHNE   STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

DAPHNE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

 

 

 

 

 

DUNLAP'S HERCULES  STAN WILLHIGHT [PHOTO

DUNLAP'S HERCULES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

 

 

 

WARIJIYA  NEW TUG FOR KUWAIT BUILT BY ROZEMA BOAT WORKS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

WARIJIYA NEW TUG FOR KUWAIT BUILT BY ROZEMA BOAT WORKS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

 

 

 

 

AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST CROWLEYS NEW TRACTOR VALOR I UNDERSTAND SHE IS IN THE 6000 HP RANGE, STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO

AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST CROWLEY'S NEW TRACTOR VALOR. I UNDERSTAND SHE IS IN THE 6000 HP RANGE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.

 

Stan thanks for all the great tug boat pictures.

Also the new owner of the PATRICIA ANN (ex-LEA MOE) that we found in Astoria sent us a wonderful e-mail. Any one having info or pictures of her can contact him: Jody Rutledge at jody@acstelco.com or 645 N. Morgan Street Portland Or. 97103.

A real nice article was published by the Marine News magazine out of New York on our 50 years in business. Thanks Raina.

 Send any tugboat photos to me at: 1059 N Northlake Way Seattle, WA 98103. Or mark@fremonttugboat.com.              FAIRTIDE MARK