MAY 9, 2009
Wow have we been busy! Bob Letts, Margie and I met Chuck Fowler aboard the VIRGINA V at the Bell Street Terminal to view the tug races and sign and sell our book Tugboats on Puget Sound. Bob Letts is our Canadian friend, eh, from Oona River that we met in 1995 on our way to Alaska. Bob always wanted to see the tugs race and this was a golden opportunity. It was a beautiful day with only a few mishaps. I had a small lite-weight hand truck to carry the books in and guess what, a wheel fell off ten minutes before we left. Of course that doesn’t even slow us down; Margie buys a grocery cart on wheels from Stoneway Hardware and Bob puts it together in the Bell Street Garage with a flash light after searching frantically on our hands and knees for the last cotter pin that had dropped to make it work. Bob finds it and we are literally off to the races. On board the V, Chuck is asked to speak about the book which he does quite well and then I am up to bat and while I am not much of a public speaker, I did just fine talking about the tugs showing up for the races. The 3 winners were PARTHIA, Class C; ISLAND STAR, Class B; and the big boy class was won by the HUNTER.
It was a bright sunny day on the Seattle waterfront and everyone had a great time.
While all this was going on Capt Erik and Keegan were racing for Olympia on the big flood, all 14 feet of it, with the BLUEBERRY. They were making 14 knots going under the Narrows bridge(s). We drove down Sunday morning to meet Chuck for our book signing on the beautifully restored tug SAND MAN. We all had breakfast at the Olympia Oyster House – the best buffet we ever had, even Bob Letts agreed to that. Keegan missed breakfast as he got Olympia cabin fever and caught the train home Saturday night, thanks to Jean for the home town taxi service. Capt. Erik and Bob took off for home with our truck and we were going to take the rest of the week off. Well, that sorta worked out. First off we brought our sick cat, Mr. Whiskers, with us so Margie could keep doctoring him. Second our inverter died (call me and I will tell you the one not to buy) and Adair James came down with a new one for us and did not get out of there till about 2115 Monday night. We spent a couple of days in Short Twig in the rain; you could not see across the bay for rain thick. We got tired of the rain so took off for Secret Bay 5 and the farther north we got the clearer it got and finally the sun came out. Wow, one day of great weather on the pick. We had business in town on Saturday so that was the end of it. While we’re not as rested as we thought we’d be, it was fun to see everyone and get some time away.
Bob Beegle of MarCon sent me a notice that there will be a workboat race in Anacortes on July 18th. More info at http://www.portofanacortes.com/
Grant left here Saturday morning with his Dad on the PEGGY for his trip to Newport, Oregon and at 1030 Monday morning he was 10 miles south of the Columbia River with a low NW swell and light NW wind. He expects to be in to Newport this afternoon and is really having good weather.
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· Quiet, protected open boat moorage to 70 feet at FREMONT BOAT COMPANY at 206-632-0152.
· Great office space at the O.H. Doc Freeman office building. Water views over our marina on Lake Union. From 750 to 9,500 square feet plus we have single offices! Kitchen, sun deck and conference room. Call Margie at 206-632-0152.
· Tugboat service & barge rentals call Erik or Tom at 206-632-0151 and view our blog at www.fremonttugboat.com and click on ‘newsletter’.
· Dog walking, Petsitting and Lodging – call Heidi Freeman at Happy Camper Pet Service, 206-784-5291.
· Single family homes for lease in the North Seattle area call Margie at 206 632 0152 or Erik at 206-632-0151.
· Covered & open boat moorage plus brokerage situation available at DOC’S DOCK on Lake Union. Call Dayle at 206-697-4552.
· New book for sale “TUGBOATS ON PUGET SOUND”. Call 206-632-0152 to buy your signed copy; or pick one up from Fremont Boat Co. at 1059 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103.