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.