Latest Fremont Tugboat Newsletter Sept/08
CHUCK FOWLER WAS SELECTED BY JENNIFER KILMER, THE DIRECTOR OF THE WASHINGTON STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, ALONG WITH THE STATE HISTORY MUSEUM TO RECEIVE THE 2013 ROBERT GRAY MEDAL. THIS IS THE HIGHEST HONOR PRESENTED BY THE SOCIETY FOR “DISTINGUISHED AND LONG -TERM CONTRIBUTIONS TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST HISTORY THROUGH DEMONSTRATED EXCELLENCE IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS: TEACHING, WRITING, RESEARCH, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, AND SERVICE TO LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES”. NEEDLESS TO SAY CHUCK FELT DEEPLY HONORED AND THANKED ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO HIS ACHIEVEMENT OF THIS AWARD.
BRAVO ZULU CHUCK
CHUCK AND KARLA FOWLER
ARTHUR FOSS GIFT FROM NORWAY.
MARK & OTTO DROOLING OVER THE GIFT FROM NORWAY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
SAMSON MARINER ON FIRE AT FISHERMEN’S TERMINAL. A LOT OF DAMAGE WAS DONE. TOM BULSON PHOTO.
“DOC” FREEMAN TUGBOAT’S.
- DOC AND RUSS ONBOARD THE CRANE AFTER THEY WERE HIGH BIDDER. MAY FREEMAN PHOTO
My dad,”Doc”, bought and sold boats and everything else. He owned a great number of tugs – some he used in his business, others he bought and sold, some he sold on consignment. He bought and sold well over a thousand regular boats including several sailing ships, freighters, yachts, tugs, ferry boats and thousands of surplus vessels, landing barges, motor launches, skiffs, dorys, yard oilers, freighters, deck barges, Coast Guard Cutters – if it floated Doc had something to do with it. Doc had a partner, Russ Gibson, that’s where the name Freeman & Gibson came from. Dad even named his famous marine hardware store Freeman & Gibson at the start. I think that they were partners from the end of the 1930s until about 1950 when the partnership was dissolved and the store became “Doc Freeman’s”.
Dad also invested funds from his old time employees and made them share holders in the various properties that he bought. Dad also had the Alaska Junk Co. as a partner in a lot of the big boat purchases. The government would at times have bids on three big freighters opening on the same day and you had to have a bid in on all them so it took a lot of ready cash to play that game. I also owned several tugs and barges and there is a story and pictures about all of them. My brother-in-law, Pat Stoppelman, and my sister, Merry, were in the tugboat business and they had at least 25 different tugs so my work is cut out for me - as if I didn’t have enough to do.
I thought that I should start putting them down in print as I turned 80 in March. I have kept all the files that I could lay my hands on. It takes six large deep file drawers that contain dad and Pat & Merry’s and my info on our boats. Dad died in December 1963 when he just turned 60. Any new info that you have, please pass it on to me. Some boats we have just a photo, others are mentioned in trade journals – and we don’t have hardly any files before WW II and almost no photos during the war except for the trade journals. Silver was used in the war effort and you could not buy any film. Lucky that Joe Williamson and Ray Krantz, both famous marine photographers and friends of mine, took photos throughout the war and I have a lot of their photos.
Launch CATHLAMET: Doc was high bidder on the 32 foot launch CATHLAMET with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at Portland, Oregon on February 4, 1960. Her specs were: Built in 1936 by Siletz boat Works, Length 32.6’, Beam 8 feet, Draft 2 feet 10 inches. Propelling Engines: two Ford v-8 marine conversions; 2:1 reduction gears; 100 horsepower, gasoline, both engines right hand.
We brought her back to Fremont Boat and put her up for sale. I fixed her up as a handy little bump boat. I went thru our collection of fenders till I found the right one for the bow and stern and put tires on the sides so that we could use her while she was for sale. I sold her two or three times and kept getting her back for non-payment of the contract. I even sold her to a fellow who started up an anti-theft program inside the Locks but I guess he could not sell enough memberships. The last time we made a deal on her was in 1964 and that one stuck. The buyers names were Louie Noeske and Art Kruise, after that I lost track of her.
ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS LAUNCHES UP FOR BID IN PORTLAND. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
CATHLAMET ON TRIALS . DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
CATHLAMET. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
- CATHLAMET IN FRONT OF FREMONT BOAT BUILDING. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DOLPHIN II PURCHASE
1948: Doc had bought the DOLPHIN II, a 36 foot launch, on December 29, 1947 from the State of Washington for $101.01. She had sunk and lain on the bottom in Gig Harbor for a while and the hull had a twist in it that never came out. We raised her and towed her home. Dad had her rebuilt installing a 110 H.P. Lincoln Zephyr V-12 gas engine on a 2:1 Upton reduction gear and V-drive. She had a small cabin forward and engine box and a cabin top over the engine box, and of course a towbitt without a towbitt you might just as well not own her because that is what we did with her.
Dad had installed a 2 inch navy standard hand bilge pump on the bulkhead just ahead of the engine, and you had to reach over to pump it. In those days there was no 12 volt electric Rule pumps. A short time after we started using her she started leaking and not just a little. My punishment for the day was to pump her out before I went to school – 1,000 strokes in the morning and at night 1,500 strokes. Now you know why my left arm is 1 inch longer than my right arm. That went on for 3 months before I could talk my mother into having dad dry dock her and do some caulking. Dad had her out of water for a day at Lester & Franks and Jack McCrary tuned her up and no leaks for a while. We took her everywhere towing boats that dad was buying and selling. We even took her out to Dungeness Spit to tow a gillnetter back. Of course we rounded Point Wilson at night and the westerly was blowing. I did not know what that meant but soon found out. Waves coming over the bow and over the top of the house and into the stern (start pumping, Mark) and it took a long time to get shelter behind the spit. We anchored up for the rest of the night and had a little sleep in the corner of the pilot house, of course no bunks. We took off with our tow early in the morning, the sun was out and I wondered if this was the same body of water where we got our ass kicked so badly a few short hours ago. Jack taught me how to navigate and lay courses on the chart on the engine hatch. In fact, it was Jack who taught me how to run a boat and then do towing. He used to kid me that I would be doing all the towing for my dad. I never believed him but it turned out to be true. Shortly after that trip I started taking her out by myself and soon I was making landings with tows with Jack looking over my shoulder. What a thrill for an eager 14 year old.
Jack was a wonderful person. Born in 1895 in the San Juan Islands, there wasn’t much about a boat that Jack didn’t know he could build them as well as run them. He was part of the boat building firm of Franck and McCrary. An interesting story about Jack: he was packing salmon on this fish packer out of Canada to Friday Harbor during Prohibition and a couple of friends asked him to bring back a bottle for them. Jack said sure and they would stop up to his house and get their bottle whenever he would get in. Well pretty soon he was bringing back bottles for the whole town - everyone was his friend - so he had to stop that before the revenuers put him in jail for violation of the Volstead Act. That was the end of Jack’s rum running. Dad thought so much of Jack that he made him a partner in our Kinnear property on Fairview Avenue, which we built into a 52 unit house boat moorage.
DOLPHIN II was pretty quick and would cruise at 10 knots but she always looked like she was a throw away. We started on this long trip and astern of us came a boat from our yard with 3 noisy kids on it that moored at Fremont Boat Co. The fellow that owned it was our dentist. They always wanted to race our old boat and I took lots of crap from them and I knew that they were faster but maybe not today. They had six people on board and full of clothes and groceries for two weeks and they looked overloaded. She was a new Hunter cruiser twin engine and would probably do 20 mph when she was light. I asked Jack if I could take them on and open up the DOLPHIN II and show them what a fast boats stern looks like. Jack said ‘no, we have too far to run to take a chance of blowing an engine’. So I just watched them go by us and I just knew that I could take them. Oh well – lifes little lessons.
Lots of trips to the Bremerton Navy Yard and the Navy Storage yard of surplus small boats at Manchester. Dad would bid on all the boats that came up surplus and he was successful a good share of the time. I got to go along if it did not interfere with school too badly and my grades did not suffer. I always liked tug boating better than school. Let me tell you about our little trips to the Navy yard to pick up boats that dad had bid on. We could pick up as many as 20 boats at one time but they all needed work to float. A lot of times Jack would drive over a day or two early and work on the boats. All boats were dried out and it took about 3 weeks for the hulls with caulked seams to swell up. We patched the boats that had holes with plywood and canvas and bear-shit (it was a black roofing tar we got by the 5 gallon bucket). Then we plugged the exhaust pipes with damage control plugs. We had thousands of them, large and small. Checked all the thru the hull fittings and put the drain plugs back in. We had to do a really good job on the boats that had engines and make sure that you didn’t get salt water into any of the engines. On the LCVP landing barges, we made sure that the bow gates were dogged down. On our tug we would get a lot of tie up lines ready and lots of tires for fenders because you had to tie the boats two abreast and maybe ten long, gas was needed for your scow pumps because once they were craned into the water you had to start pumping till you got back to Lake Union. They had to be made up to go through Ferry swells and ships swells and survive. You had to transfer the gas pumps and hoses between the boats - and some boats were so bad that you could not keep up and they sunk awash. Jack and I anchored up two 40 foot motor launches off 4-Mile Rock that were awash and I came out after school and towed them into the yard ,still awash; they would not sink if they were motor launches and did not have engines.
The landing barges sunk like a rock with all their armor plate, Dad had bought a lot of natural knees and Jack would tow a 36′ LCVP over to Manchester, load her full and tow her back to the yard except it got real rough off West Point and he could not get near her to pump her and down she went - we never saw her again but we sure had a lot of floating knees bobbing about Puget Sound. Of course they all washed up ashore and were made into fire wood. At times we would put the 26 foot Whaleboats inside one of the bigger boats just so we didn’t have to pump it. It was sure a wonderful learning experience for a young fellow. I remember the Navy decided once to not sell any boats with engines so they ripped the engines out of these beautiful boats and stacked the engines up without tarps over them and ruined all of them; what a waste. Another edict was to take all the searchlights out. Well, they ripped them out and left a gaping hole in the top of the pilot house that it rained through and ruined the rest of the pilot house. We would get them home, clean them up, make the engines run and sell them. They were great boats and people would convert them to pleasure boats, fish boats, work boats and tugboats. I was learning and the DOLPHIN II was my learner boat. I was coming up thru the hawse pipe.
DOC WAS HIGH BIDDER ON A SUNKEN BOAT.
DOLPHIN II AT LOW TIDE AT OUR DOCK IN MILLERS BAY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TIDE IS STILL OUT. SHE LOOKS LIKE A WRECK BUT WAS SHE FAST! MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DOC FREEMAN ON THE DOLPHIN II. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TUG: DWARF (EX-VIRJO YOUNG; EX-BROWN’S BAY) Official # 210233; Registered length 44 feet; Beam 11 feet; depth of hold 5.2 feet. Built in 1912 at Winslow, WA. 16 gross ton; 11 net tons. Built for Browns Bay logging to tow log rafts from their logging operation north of Edmonds to the mills in Ports Ludlow & Gamble. She was powered by a 50 horsepower three cylinder Corliss. She had all the engine controls in the pilot house so she did not carry an engineer. She was another L.H. Coolidge design. I don’t know all the engines that she had but she had a very modern 6-71 GM diesel with a 41/2:1 reduction which should have allowed her to have a 50 inch propeller. She never had the right wheel on her because she never pulled as good as other boats with similar power.
We got her when I sold the ARGOS for mother (dad had passed away in January) in February, 1963 to LeRoy Dry and I took his tug the DWARF in trade. We used her for three years till I was able to sell her. I chartered her from mother and used her in my towing business. In fact a couple of the photos that we have of her were towing the GUZZEL, my 50 foot salvage barge named for the voracity of her pumps.
In 1934 and 1946, the Merchant Vessel Registry shows that she was owned by Capitol City Tug company in Olympia, WA and in 1934 she had 100 horsepower, I wonder if it was a Fairbanks-Morse CO. LeRoy had coveralls on and was working in the engine room and he got caught on a revolving shaft and got wound up tight in it. He cut his way out and just lucky that he had access to a doctor who stopped the flow of blood and sewed him back together. If he had been in some boom ground or on the anchor he told me he would have bled to death.Wow! It’s always that close. I sold her to Joe Park of Bainbridge Island on December 19th 1966.
PACIFIC MOTOR BOAT STORY ON THE BROWN’S BAY.
BROWN’S BAY AFTER REBUILD.
DWARF WITH SALVAGE BARGE GUZZEL IN TOW 8-1963. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DWARF AGAIN IN LAKE WASHINGTON. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
JAN.1966 DWARF AT TUG PIER FREMONT BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TUGS AT FREMONT BOAT FROM RIGHT TO LEFT: DWARF, SKOOKUM LOGGER, IN FRONT MANILA. ALONGSIDE LOGGER IS THE STOKER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
FERN: Official # 234815; built in 1915 at Winslow, WA as a wooden steam lighthouse tender for the U.S. Lighthouse Service. Registered length 102.8 feet; beam 22.2 feet; depth of hold 9.8 feet; 207 gross tons; 170 net ton; power after the steam triple expansion engine and boiler were removed was a 300 horsepower Washington direct reversible heavy duty diesel. I don’t know when the Lighthouse Service sold her but in 1938-39 she was the Aleutian Islands mail boat which she was a little small for. At the start of WW II she was sold to the Army Corp of Engineers. Doc, Jim and Dave bought her to use as a salvage vessel on the sunken 180 foot PACIFIC QUEEN which blew up and sank at the Old Town Dock in Tacoma. Doc, Jim Valentyne and Dave Updike bought the PACIFIC QUEEN in March. 1958. That was a tremendous operation. Dave, who was the diver, welded steel plates all the way around her so at a very low tide they would act as a cofferdam so they could start pumping and the idea, of course, was to pump enough water out so that she would raise with the incoming tide – and it worked. The below deck gasoline explosion blew a hole in her side that had to be fixed and lots of other leaks had to be stopped before she would raise. But up she came on June 17, 1958 and the FERN and the ARGOS towed her back to our Northlake Yard. She was sunk for 9 months and on her stern where there was no copper paint the teredos or ship worms were as big as your thumb.
After Doc finished the salvage job he set to work making a tug out of the FERN. He cut the back of the house off and installed a tow winch and pins, put a new cargo mast on her, rebuilt several areas, put in new bulkheads, recaulked the decks, fixed the keelson and drydocked her. While in dry dock he had the tail shaft pulled and rebuilt the stern bearing and stuffing box, etc. It’s what you do to old boats. Dad sold her a couple of times and we had to repossess her once. This fellow quit making payments so dad said ‘Well, it’s time to get my boat back.’ I took the tug ARGOS and Dave Updike, 6’6’’; Jim Valentyne, 6’3’’; and Paul Yitterdal, 6’2’’ and I went to Ballard. We tied up alongside and the boarding party started in clearing guys out of the state rooms and bunks. You have never seen guys get off a boat so quick! Once they were gone, I made up alongside and towed her back to our Northlake Boat Sales yard. In between times she made a trip to the Aleutian Islands and back so dads’ rebuild must have been okay. We sold her to Paul Cook on October 1, 1961 and she went crab fishing in Alaska. The last photo that I have of her was in La Conner where she had been renamed the NORTHERN ONE and she looked as neglected as you could get. I was very happy to be in the Coast Guard when the PACIFIC QUEEN was salvaged. I would stop in while on liberty to see every one and it was the dirtiest job that I had ever seen - but I avoided that one being that I was working for Uncle Sam.
FERN AT THE BALLARD BRIDGE CIRCA 1940. JOE WILLIAMSON PHOTO
FERN IN THE LOCKS. JOE WILLIAMSON PHOTO.
FERN ALONGSIDE THE SUNKEN PACIFIC QUEEN IN TACOMA. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
TWO TEN- INCH PUMPS ON THE PACIFIC QUEEN. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
JIM & DAVE - TOUGH YOUNG FELLOWS. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
CREW FROM LEFT DAVE UPDIKE, JOHN OMENDSON, JIM VALENTYNE AND MARK FREEMAN. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO
WILL SHE RAISE? ARGOS IN BACKGROUND.
1958 ARGOS ON THE HEAD END, FERN ALONGSIDE PACIFIC QUEEN. JOHN VALENTYNE PHOTO
FERN IN THE LOCKS WITH THE PACIFIC QUEEN. JOHN VALENTYNE PHOTO.
FERN & PACIFIC QUEEN TIED AT NORTHLAKE BOAT. MAY FREEMAN PHOTO
FERN SHIFTING PACIFIC QUEEN IN LAKE UNION. DOC FREEMAN DECKHAND.
FERN AND MY MOTHER, MAY FREEMAN, AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
FERN WITH AFT SUPERSTRUCTURE CUT OFF AND TOW WINCH INSTALLED. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO
FERN AS NORTHERN ONE IN LA CONNER IN BAD SHAPE . MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
On August 30, 1947, Freeman & Gibson were high bidder on the tug GO-GETTER – a very neat double-house tug about 70 feet long, powered by two Fairbanks-Morse 100 horsepower CO diesels built in 1923 at Houghton, Washington which was the home for Lake Washington Ship Yard. Official #222837; Ol.s; registered length 67.6 feet; beam 19.3 feet; depth of hold 9.6 feet; 79 gross tons and 54 net tons. She was named for Peter B Kynes’ book of the same name GO-GETTER. She was built for C.D. Johnson lumber Co. at Newport, Oregon. Her original house was a step and one half, small house which Bob Richardson of Coos Bay thought that they changed to a double house in 1939 or 1940 at Newport, Oregon. The second house was more modern with a separate pilot house. She became a Navy tug during WW II. Ray Stickler towed her home for us with his 40 foot, 55 horsepower tug VAMOOSE for $75.00 from Kilisut Harbor on Marrowstone Island where the Navy stored a lot of surplus vessels. Dad had his mechanic, Bob Dunigan, get her running. Now there was a character, we all used to laugh at how old Bob was. He had to be at least 125 because of all the things that he told us that he had done. He must of kissed the same Blarney Stone as my Grandpa Fitzpatrick had. Oh the Irish have great tales; of course I never got any of that – it always skips a generation.
When she went on her trial run, I was sick but upstairs where I could see every thing and the day that they got the engines running my dad took her for a spin. I really wanted to go but, no, I was sick and could not leave the house. I was watching her back out and take off down the lake, a big bone in her teeth. Dad turns her around and is coming back to our dock instead he goes flying by the end of the dock - he must have been making over 10 knots, comes hard over and heads back out into the Lake and I sit and wonder what is going on. He comes back at a much slower speed and ties her up on the end of the dock and I wait for the rest of the story. It seems like she has telegraphs to control the engines, just like the CLARINDA and one of them stuck at full ahead and that’s why he came flying by the end of the dock – nothing like having some sea room. That’s what trial runs are for. We sold her to Bob Bushre of Alaska who put in a couple of 8-268A 500 horsepower GM diesels and eventually she ended up as a Sause Brothers tug working on the Oregon Coast. In June of 1952 she went ashore at the mouth of the Columbia River in thick fog towing a loaded lumber barge but they got her off and she towed for years for Sause. She was a real pretty tug.
The journey to Kilisut Harbor to look at surplus boats was an adventure in itself. First, you drove to Edmonds and waited for the ferry which would take you to Port Ludlow where you drove off the ramp and up the highway to the Oak Bay Cut where you would get in line for a much smaller ferry the NORDLAND. She was right out of the history books or how things used to be. She was about 65 feet long and for power she had a two cylinder Washington heavy-duty diesel of about 30 H.P. and she would turn about 250 r.p.m.’s. They had poured a concrete pad on each side of the cut so that the ferry could run her bow up on the concrete and hold herself there by running the engine ahead and they would lower the ferry ramp and you would drive off . I forgot to say that you had to back up the ramp to get on the ferry and that was not for the faint of heart. The ferry would hold five or six cars. She would back off the concrete and run against the current Kapuk, kapuk, kapuk and land on the other side, drop the ramp and you would drive off and onto the highway for a short drive to the Navy moorings. Then there was the red tape (yes, even then) and out to look at the boats that were up for bid. When you were done looking, you jumped back in your car and repeat the crossing of the Oak Bay Cut. You drove as fast as you could to Port Ludlow knowing that if you missed the ferry it was a four hour wait for her to make the round trip. I can’t tell you how many times that we arrived at the Port Ludlow ferry dock only to view the ferry just leaving and about 100 feet off the dock. So you just added 6 hours to your trip figuring a four hour round trip and then you had to ride the ferry for two more hours to get to Edmonds. I used to explore the old Port Ludlow mill that was no longer there. The cement smoke stack was still standing where the burner was and I knew every foot of it. There was good reason to build the Hoods Canal Bridge because if they had not done so everyone would still be living in the stone age west of Hoods Canal. They eventually built a bridge across the Oak Bay Cut and the ferry was put up for sale and Bob Schoen, who ran the ferry dock at Orcas, bought her and used her to move stuff all around the San Juan Islands.
GO-GETTER AS BUILT. LOOK AT THE SQUARE RIGGERS IN LAKE UNION
GO-GETTER ON THE OREGON COAST.
DELIVERY RECEIPT FROM MARITIME COMMISSION.
GO-GETTER AT FREMONT BOAT. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
GO-GETTER UP FOR SURVEY AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
PACIFIC MOTOR BOAT ARTICLE ON BOB BUSHRE AND BUYING THE GO-GETTER BY SCUTTLE BUTT PETE.
GO-GETTER AS A CIVILIAN TUG.
GO-GETTER IN DRYDOCK.
GO-GETTER JUST LEAVING COOS BAY WITH TOW.
GO-GETTER IN DRY DOCK.
H.B. Jones: Cannery tender-tug; Official # 207216, OL.s; registered length 56.2 feet; beam 14 feet; depth of hold 7.6 feet. Built in 1910 at Seattle, WA. In 1934 she belonged to Alaska Pacific Salmon Corp. and had 85 horsepower. In 1941 she belonged to Archie L Brown of Port Townsend, WA and had 120 horsepower. In 1950 her name was changed to TONI and her owner was Henry S Curry. Doc bought her, I think, in December 1946. She was a typical Cannery Tender with house aft and hold forward; she had to have had a big mast and boom but it had been removed before dad bought her. She had been re-engined and had a 6-71 GM with a 3:1 reduction gear. We towed with her and even went to Millers Bay with her. She drew about 6 feet and the bay went completely dry at low tide - I have a photo of her laying at our dock with the tide out. We did not have her tied close enough to the dock when the tide went out and she leaned over hard on the dock and pushed the dock out of line a little. When we had Burr build the dock we had him put in extra fender piling but it wasn’t enough. Doc sold her but I have no records of who he sold it to or who he bought it from.
H.B.JONES LAID OVER AT LOW TIDE AT OUR MILLERS BAY DOCK. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
H. B. JONES WITH DOC & MAY FREEMAN. MERRY IS STEERING. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MERRY ON THE BOW OF THE H. B. JONES
DOC IN THE WHEEL HOUSE OF THE H. B. JONES. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Workboat/tug GLENMAR (ex-EIGHT BALL) Official #240946 OL.s; registered length 38.1 feet; beam 11 feet; depth of hold 4.7 feet; 14 gross tons; 11 net tons. Built at Burlington, WA in 1941. Power was a 6-71 GM diesel. Doc was high bidder and awarded the boat on August 12, 1959 by the U.S. Naval Supply Depot at Pier 91. Associated Transfer brought her to our Northlake Boat Sales yard on a truck and we made her ready to set in the water. We got her running and cleaned her up, we
never used her, just put her up for sale.
I was off active duty for the Coast Guard so I got to work on all the projects when I went to work full time for my
dad. That was for $1.61 an hour – the smart guys got $3.50 an hour. Gives you a little idea of what things were worth in that time period. I bought Fremont Boat on September 20, 1959 so we brought her down to my place and I started advertising
her. On February 17, 1960 we sold her to my friend Dr. Erickson and he fixed her up. She was later sold into Alaska and my sister, Merry, and her husband Pat ran her back when her job was finished so then I had her for sale again. In 1964 she
belonged to Trem Williams of Juneau, Alaska. I remember having to run her down to our Northlake Yard during the big blow when it hit 100 m.p.h. I had her tied up to the end of Dock 1, which is our farthest East dock, and the waves were so big that she was trying to sit on the dock - and she was a big, heavy, able boat. I had to rebuild the last 150 feet of the dock because the storm tore it apart. Today, our neighbor to the East has their docks built out to the pierhead line, so we are a bit more protected.
HERE WE ARE UNLOADING THE GLENMAR FROM AN ASSOCIATED TRANSFER TRUCK AT OUR NORTHLAKE YARD. WE ALWAYS CALLED THE YARD FANTASY LAND. MAY FREEMAN PHOTO.
GLENMAR AT FREMONT BOAT CO.; LEWISTON BEHIND HER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BILL OF SALE FROM DOC FREEMAN TO DR. ERICKSON. MARK FREEMAN SCRAPBOOK.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
SUBMITTED ON 2/24/2014
Dear Capt. Freeman,
I met Randy Flodquist aboard the ferry “Wahkiakum” yesterday 2-23-2014. The remarkable thing is that I had been searching for info on the tugs “Daphne”,”Polar Star” and “Polar Merchant”. I recalled references to them on “Rudderless” so part of Friday and Saturday was spent scanning your blog.
I have lived on Puget Island my entire 68 years. I have no history of employment on tug boats so my interest, while intense, is purely armchair. My seafaring took place in the fishing industry. My father built his own gillnetter and was a customer at Doc Freeman’s. He bought a short block for a Chrysler Royal straight 8 there in 1959.
1946 Steel Hull: Nichols, Hood River,Or
Engine: Atlas Imperial lowered into hull in Portland. Allignment and installation by Brit and Pete Vik at Puget Island.
Wooden Cabin: The Vik brothers at Puget Island. Peter Vik was my father.
We called the “Louie” the “Little Louie” since it was the smallest of the three Westport tugs. My cousin spent a season trolling in Alaska on the “Little Louie” but when I saw a picture it was obviously not the Westport boat. An old hand recalled that the “Louie” with no engine departed the Columbia towed by the “Irene” which had a D17000 V-8 Cat. The boat my cousin was on was the “Lil Louie”. We surmised that since the “Irene” was smaller the new owners named her the “Lil Louie”. My cousin verified the V-8 Cat. In 1975 I visited the Percival Dock following the Olympia Tug Races (we were on our honeymoon and it ain’t over) and there was the “Lil Louie”. Inspection of the forward bulwarks revealed nail holes spelling “Irene”. This is the Miles Hargitt “LiL Louie”.
Feel free to publish this message. You likely know most of this. My subconsious motive is to show you what I know!
Another reader writes:
It was nice to find out the final disposition of the Silver Bay 2. My dad Allen Hall ran her for a number of years for Silver Bay Logging and I too spent a few years on the ol girl. She was a good boat for towing log rafts and ramp barges around S.E. Alaska.
Thanks for sharing this blog. Stumbled across it on the Internet looking for Tug Pics. My dad has been a West Coast Canadian Tug man all my life. He has almost completed building a Tug from scratch with my Uncle. They named her Sea Wind after the original Sea Wind that was once registered to my Grandmother. Dad has not been in good Health in the last 6 months has had 4 surgeries and being treated for cancer. He still spends most of his spare time on the Tugs they have up the Fraser River. Its not just a career it’s the lifestyle.
Thanks again for the cute blog surely appreciate the history. Tracy Lynn from Sechelt BC
Interested to read about Garden and Doc Freeman collaborating on surplus WW 2 Plane Rearming Boat conversions. I own a PRB outfited as a commercial salmon troller based in SF CA. It is 70 years old and still going strong. I worked my way through school fishing her. I plan to fish salmon in retirement from my shore job (I am 64) and am restoring her for a return to high activity. The boat still has an active CA salmon permit. Amazingly, the hull is in great shape. That mil spec plywood of the 1940s has no equal today. Most of the topside post war plywood has needed repairs which are now being done. Has a Wood Freeman Model 11 Iron Mike autopilot. Are the Freemans on your website related to Wood Freeman?
Regards, Mark Meltzer
[Mark Freenan here: No, Mr. Meltzer, we've no known relationship to the Wood Freeman world - but aren't they wonderful autopilots!? Thanks for writing.]
And from our friend, Bill Page:
First rate Blog Mark – We all enjoy these very much. Keep up the good work. The USCG SWIVEL (out of Rockland – the foggy place) used to go up the Penobscot River by my home town of Winterpoirt on her way to Bangor, breaking ice. One of her name boards is sitting in a used marine gear shop in Rockland right now – 4/sale. All the best to you, Margie, and the Crew. Take care, Bill
Our man in Victoria, Mike Claxton, sent us two photos of Canadian Tugs, I think they started with Mike Wright. Thanks Mike.
YOUNG HUSTLER 1 UNDER KINGCOME OWNERSHIP. THANKS MIKE
MARLIN II & KATHY K. THANKS MIKE
Our man at Brusco Towing in Everett, Jay Niederhauser, sent us several photos of the CLEO BRUSCO assisting the WESTWOOD VICTORIA. Thanks Jay.
CLEO BRUSCO FROM ABOVE. THANKS JAY
CLEO BRUSCO. JAY NIEDERHAUSER PHOTO.
Ben Sias, our man on Bainbridge Island, was transiting the Swinomish Slough and took these photos. Thanks Ben for keeping us up to date. He also was in Port Townsend and sent us photos from there.
DAVID N USED AS GILNETTER IN SE ALASKA. DON NYSTROM HAS VERY GOOD TASTING SALMON!!
DELANCO, I SAW A TV COMMERCIAL MADE ON HER THE OTHER DAY.
QUAIL MOVED DOWN FROM ANACORTES. SHE HAS A 200 HORSEPOWER ATLAS
DUNLAP TOWING HAS THE SAMISH FOR SALE.
SUSAN H IS NOW A LIVEABOARD AND BEN IS A VERY GOOD BOAT CARPENTER SO SHE WILL GET GOOD CARE AS LONG AS HE OWNS HER.
CHICKAMAUGA OUT ON THE HARD AFTER SINKING. WHAT’S NEXT, WILL SOME ONE STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND INVEST A WHOLE LOT OF DOLLARS ? I HOPE SO. I AM STILL LOOKING FOR ARTIFACTS OFF HER.
CHICKAMAUGA. NO WONDER THAT SHE WAS A GOOD PULLER.
CHICKAMAUGA TWO JIMMYS WILL TURN THAT WHEEL.
- CREOSOTE GETTING A NEW LEASE ON LIFE. ISN’T IT WONDERFUL ANOTHER OLD TUG SAVED.
SCHOONER ADVENTURESS IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OLD AND NOW HAS A NEW HULL MAY SHE LAST ANOTHER 100 YEARS.
Christopher Peterson was changing computers so I ended up with a bunch of great tugboat photos which I will share with you. Thanks Chris.
ATKA AT OLYMPIA RACES. AL GLASER BUILT HER.
CEDAR KING A DUNLAP BOAT NOW OLYMPIA TOWING BUILT HER WITH A D343 CAT NATURAL.
DANIELLE, A MANKE LOG TOWER.
ELF IS GONE. SHE SANK IN B.C. (ex-FOSS 15; ex-SKOOKUM CASHE). STEVE TATE TOWED WITH HER FOR YEARS
JOE (EX-JOE FOSS). ROBIN PATERSON PUT A NEW HOUSE ON HER AND AL GLASER DID THE REBUILD, 6-71 GM 3:1 GEAR.
JOE MADE A GREAT CRUISING BOAT FOR ROBIN & KAE
THERE’S ROBIN NOW. WE SURE ALL MISS HIM.
JOE’S PILOT HOUSE.
PARTHIA ANOTHER TUG WITH A 6-71 AND REALLY FAST, TIED AT DOCKTON.
PATRON BUILT AS THE RUBY 2 TO WORK ON THE DAMS. SHE USED TO HAVE A TOP HOUSE. WAS CALLED THE FEARLESS WHEN RIC HAD HER. 160 HP WASHINGTON, AT DOCKTON. I LIKE THE BUFF PAINT.
CREOSOTE ONE OF 3 SISTERS THE MALOLO AND THE CREST – KINDA THE SAME HULL DESIGNED BY COOLIDGE. 6-110 GM.
RELIANCE. IF I REMEMBER RIGHT, GORDON WILLIE BOUGHT HER IN WILLIPA BAY AND SOLD HER TO PHIL SHIVELEY WHO REBUILT HER. ANOTHER KNIFE THRU THE WATER WITH A 6-71 GM FOR POWER.
DIXIE SHIFTING # 2 DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. RICHIE BORNEMAN PHOTO.
80TH BIRTHDAY STUFF.
We are having a series of neat lunches with friends from near and far that started in March…and will continue until we’re done. I’d never hear, or be able to visit with everyone in one room. So, we’re celebrating our way. Expect more photo opportunities!
RICHARD SEABORN, MARGIE AND MARK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARK AND MARGIE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
MY BIRTHDAY CAKE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
TOM MADE ME TWO NAME BOARDS FOR MY FIRST TWO TUGS.
ANOTHER BIRTHDAY PARTY. MARK, MISS BLUE, RICHIE, TOM AND ERIK. WHAT FUN.
1946 MARINE DIGEST MAGAZINES, MY FAVORITE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO
ANOTHER PARTY!! CATHY, JOE AND MARK
SUSIE BURKE AND KEN CAME FOR ANOTHER PARTY AND WE HAD A GREAT B.S. SESSION.
IT WAS SUCH A GALA EVENT THAT KEN PHILLIPS EVEN WORE A TIE.
HEIDI, ERIK AND MARINA HAD THEIR OWN SPECIAL PARTY FOR ME.
MARINA MAY (AGE 11) IS GOING TO BE TALLER THAN ME.
More neat Fremont going’s on…
GATOR IS LOOKING GOOD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. TOM WORKS UNDERWATER JUST AS GOOD AS HE WORKS ON TOP OF THE WATER. DID YOU KNOW THAT TOM DOVE ON THE SUNKEN KNOT SHIP OFF PORT ANGELES - THE DIAMOND KNOT? ASK HIM HOW DEEP THAT WAS! MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Margie and I took a car trip to Anacortes - we have breakfast in the Calico Cupboard which is worth the drive. Then up to Cap Sante and then we go exploring. What fun!
MARGIE & MARK AT THEIR FAVORITE VIEW SPOT. DON’T ASK ME THE NAME OF THE PERSON THAT TOOK OUR PICTURE.
ANACORTES HAS SOMEONE ON THE PAYROLL THAT REALLY KNOWS HOW DO THINGS, WHAT A NEAT IDEA. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
WESTERN CHALLENGER. SHE WAS A WW II YARD MINESWEEPER. SHE MUST BE A CANADIAN WITH THE WHITE BOOT STRIPE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TUG ALICE USED TO BE THE SIMON FOSS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- MARK IN FRONT OF IVANHOE WHICH SUFFERED A BAD ACCIDENT THAT SHE MAY NOT RECOVER FROM.
IVANHOE WITH BUSTED BULWARKS AND CABIN TOP. THEY HAVE A TARP OVER THE 600 HP UNION BUT ALL THE DOORS ARE OPEN ON THE LOWER DECK. LOOKS BAD TO ME LIKE NO ONE CARES ANYMORE. HOPE I’M WRONG. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
TUGUGLY; WELL NAMED. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
WHALE – WW II POWER SCOW – THEY MADE GREAT VESSELS FOR THE FISHING FLEET. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SOME ONE HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR. THE SIGN READS BUREAU OF NORWEGIAN AFFAIRS REGISTRATION OFFICE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Our man & woman in Coos Bay, Bob & Ginna Richardson, sent on great photos of that really rough country.
GINNA ORCHESTRATING THE WAVES AND THEY DO PAY ATTENTION.
WAVES BREAKING OVER SIMPSON REEF.
WESTERN MARINER IN COOS BAY.
COOS BAY GOING OUT TO PICK UP CHARLIE OR GEORGE.
NATOMA ENTERING COOS BAY.
NATOMA INSIDE AND SAFE.
SNOHOMISH, A DUNLAP TUG, INBOUND.
THANKS BOB & GINNA!
OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILHIGHT, SENT ME SO MANY PHOTOS IN JANUARY THAT I HAD TO SPLIT THEM OVER THREE MONTHS. THANKS STAN FOR WONDERFUL BLACK AND WHITES.
9-20-1989 SEASPAN TUG (???) WITH CHIPPER AT NEW WESTMINSTER
2-8-1989 ARCTIC MALLIK AT VANCOUVER, B.C.
3-10-1989 RASP AT NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C.
4-9-1989 SWIFTSURE IX AT NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C.
5-8-1989 BARBARA FOSS AT KEYSTONE AND GROUNDING OF FERRY KLICKITAT.
8-31-1989 PULLING FERRY OFF BEACH
8-31-1989 BARBARA FOSS AT KEYSTONE.
8-31-1989 BARBARA FOSS AND KLICKITAT
9-15-1989 UNIDENTIFIED TUG LOOKS LIKE YTM NAVY TUG TYPE MAYBE THE PAULA S? HELP!
10-8 1989 WESTERN FLYER ON THE HARD IN PORT TOWNSEND
Thanks to all of you who send in pictures and facts so that I can share the information one photo at a time. Anything that you send me, I can scan and send back to you good as new.
Crowley decals and cloth patches for jackets or caps. The one I really like says “Red Stack Tugs”.
Old Cary-Davis & Puget Sound Tug & Barge Photos & advertisements.
Old cannery tender & log towing photos.
We buy old tug and waterfront photos or collections and snapshots, as well as old (pre-1946) Marine Digest Magazines in any condition.
Information wanted: in an article in the Yachting magazine, it stated that Doc Freeman bought a tug named LEWIS II in 1943. He got her from Bellingham Tug & Barge and I can’t seem to track her down, any ideas?
Want builders plate off the Coast Guard Cutter BONHAM. I gave it to Jim Valentyne after dad bought the BONHAM.
All the best from:
Mark & Margie Freeman, Captains Erik & Tom, Miss Blue, Richie, The Mark Freeman Maritime Museum,
Tatoosh Towing & Salvage, Fremont Boat Co., Fremont Tugboat Co. and the three cats; Braveheart (Indy), Razz
and Batman (all three cats came from a no-kill shelter about 4 years ago.)
P.S.: If you want to send me an e-mail please use firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you! – Fairtide Mark.
NORTHWEST SEAPORT HAD A SOLD-OUT EVENT FOR THE SHOWING OF THE NEW VIDEO ON THE TUG ARTHUR FOSS ALONG WITH THE MOVIE ‘TUGBOAT ANNIE’. THIS WAS THE KICK-OFF EVENT, BUT YOU HAVEN’T MISSED OUT YET – SO LOOK FOR SIMILAR FUND RAISING EVENTS THIS YEAR.
OKAY, SO THIS IS BEING PUBLISHED A WEEK EARLY. BUT I STILL WANTED TO HAVE MY ACTUAL BIRTHDAY ON THE HEADING.
MY NEPHEW SCOTT STOPPELMAN LIVES IN LA CONNER, I GUESS WE SHOULD CALL HIM OUR MAN IN LA CONNER. HE KEEPS HIS BOAT AT SHELTER BAY AND HE TOOK SENSATIONAL PHOTOS OF THE BOAT FIRES. IT WAS HIS GOOD FORTUNE NOT TO BE HURT OR HAVE HIS BOAT BURNED UP.
BOAT FIRES IN LA CONNER.
BOAT FIRES IN LA CONNER.
BOAT FIRES AT LA CONNER.
BOAT FIRES AT LA CONNER.
QUILCEDA BRINGS IN DECK BARGE TO PUT BURNED BOATS ONTO.
RON BURCHETT GETTING READY TO LAY THE NET OUT FROM THIS SALMON SEINER AT THE MONROE MODEL MEET LAST MONTH
BRAND NEW HARLEY TUG MODEL FROM RON.
NEW CROWLEY TUG WASHINGTON FROM RON.
GREAT PHOTO OF THE STEAM TUG KATAHDIN IN THE LOCKS WITH A SHIP . EQUATOR IS ALONGSIDE. DOUG LEEN PHOTO. DOUG OWNS THE KATAHDIN NOW.
KATAHDIN NOW SHE IS VERY WELL TAKEN CARE OF AND HAS A 240 HORSEPOWER WASHINGTON DIESEL. DOUG LEEN PHOTO.
THE ATKA – A SIDE VIEW. SEE FEBRUARY ISSUE FOR ANOTHER PHOTO.
ANOTHER PHOTO OF THE INVERNESS FROM KEITH STERNBERG.
JAY NIEDERHAUSER SAID THAT THE PHOTO OF THE CROWLEY TUG AND BARGE WAS PROBABLY NOT THE SEA QUEEN BUT HER SISTER THE SEA ROVER. HE PLACED IT ON THE DUWAMISH ABOUT MID 1970s. JAY ALSO SAID THAT THE JOSEPH R WAS THE MARINE DISCOVERER,THEN THE SEANA SEA, AND NOW IS THE HENRY BRUSCO. THANKS FOR KEEPING US UP TO DATE JAY.
KAE PATERSON SENT ME SOME INFORMATION THAT THEIR OLD TUG THE WINAMAC SANK ON NOV. 27,2007 IN CANADA. SHE SANK OFF THE SLATERY BAY GOVERNMENT WHARF AT POWELL RIVER. THERE WAS SOME QUESTION ABOUT THIS INFORMATION; SO, HAS ANYONE SEEN THE WINAMAC?
My dad,”Doc”, bought and sold boats and everything else. He owned a great number of tugs – some he used in his business, others he bought and sold, some he sold on consignment. He bought and sold well over a thousand regular boats including several sailing ships, freighters, yachts, tugs, ferry boats and thousands of surplus vessels, landing barges, motor launches, skiffs dorys, yard oilers, freighters, deck barges, Coast Guard Cutters – you get the idea that if it floated Doc had something to do with it. I also owned several tugs and barges and there is a story and pictures about a lot of them. My brother-in-law, Pat Stoppelman, and my sister, Merry, were in the tugboat business and they had at least 25 different tugs so my work is cut out for me – as if I didn’t have enough to do. I thought that I should start putting them down in print as I am reaching my 80th birthday in March. I have kept all the files that I could lay my hands on. It takes six large deep file drawers that contain info on the boats that just dad and I had. Dad died in December 1963 when he just turned 60. Any new info that you have, please pass it on to me. Some boats we have just a photo, others are mentioned in trade journals – and we don’t have hardly any files before WW II and almost no photos during the war except for the trade journals. Silver was used in the war effort and you could not buy any film. Lucky that Joe Williamson, the famous marine photographer, took photos throughout the war and I have a lot of his photos, as well as some from Ray Krantz.
DOC FREEMAN BEFORE 1938.
On May 11, 1953 the army Engineers in Portland, Oregon sent out an invitation to bid on a dredge and a tender. Dad was high bidder on the tender named the ARLINGTON. Her official number after documentation was 269022; 16.6 Gross and 11 net tons. She was 46.8′ registered length and about 50 feet overall, 12 feet of beam and 3.4′ depth of hold and she was built in 1943 of wood. Dad thought that Prothero built her. Registered length is measured on the main deck level from the back of the stem to the front of the rudder post so their overall length is always longer. Her power was two 141 horsepower Chrysler Royal gas engines swinging two 30 x 18 inch propellers. She was a typical Columbia River tug with a high pilot house. She was in Portland and Jack McCrary (dad’s right hand guy) had to take her to Longview where the big crane was to load her on to a truck. I don’t know if he ran her there or had her towed. Jack, of course, was clever enough to make her run. We brought her to Seattle and tied her up on Dock 6 at Fremont Boat where she was put up for sale. Lloyd R. Swanson bought her and I have lost track of her after the time that we sold her - which I think happened in 1953 or 1954. I have kept as many files as I could find but sometimes there is not too much information in them. The photo on Dock 6 shows her in the snow and the other two show her at longview.
ARLINGTON AT LONGVIEW. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO
ARLINGTON IN THE SLINGS AT LONGVIEW. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO
ARLINGTON AT DOCK 6 IN THE SNOW. MAY FREEMAN PHOTO.
Dad was high bidder on the United States Coast Guard Cutter BONHAM on December 17, 1959. The BONHAM had been stationed at Coos Bay; in fact, local author and naval architect James Cole served on board her as quartermaster. Her official number after she was documented was 281729; 198.6 gross and 135 net tons. She was 125 feet overall and her registered length was 116.6′, 24.1′ beam and 10.7′ depth of hold. She was built in 1926 at the American Brown Boveri Electric Company in Camden, New Jersey. Her power was two 500 horsepower model 8-268 A General Motors diesels. I took our tug ARGOS and Jim Valentyne decked for me, and we towed her to Fremont Boat Company from Base Seattle on Commodore Way and tied her up at the end of Dock 4, where our tugs tie up now. She was named for Pearson H. Bonham, one of the two first Chief Engineers hired by the Coast Guard. I have the bronze casting off her that shows that information on display on the USCG BLUEBERRY. I gave the builders plate to Jim Valentyne and I would like to buy it from whoever has it now. It may be in storage at the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society; or it could be in private hands. She was a real treat - neat and tidy and clean and it was an easy job for Jim to get her running. I put her for sale, as I had purchased the Fremont Boat Company on Sept 20, 1959 and I was selling boats at that time.
I started running ads for her as we knew she would make a great off shore tug. We sold her On April 11, 1960 to E.C. Bud Fields of Seafood Storage Inc. in Petersburg, Alaska. We thought at the time that it was a Nick Bez deal. Later she was sold to Jim Hagen at Northland Marine Lines. Jim rebuilt her into a tug to tow his freight barges to Alaska and renamed her POLAR STAR. He repowered her with two D 348 Cats which were 750 horsepower each. She was naturally fast so she made good time with the barges. I was working for Northland with my tugs so I was around her helping her in and out of the Locks with tows when Northland was just across the Canal from Foss. My brother-in-law, Pat Stoppelman, was captain of the POLAR STAR, towing barges back and forth to Alaska and making all those beach landings. His wife, Merry, was chief cook and bottle washer and their two boys came along; Howard as a sailor and Scott was mess cook so it was a family affair. Scott told me “I was 13 or 14 - depending on what month. I turned 14 on the second trip if I remember. I was the mess boy and boy was I a mess! Dad actually threatened to put me ashore in Ketchikan if I didn’t shape up and fly right! You know, dirty elbows, shirt un-tucked, hair uncombed, and just generally unkempt! Just about everyday I would take one cigarette and a box of wood matches up to the crows nest and smoke a butt! I don’t think mom or dad ever figured that one out. Those trips were something else I tell you vat!”
USCG BONHAM LEAVING COOS BAY.
BONHAM INVITATION TO BID. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
RELEASE FORM FROM COAST GUARD WHEN I TOWED BONHAM AWAY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BONHAM FOR SALE AT FREMONT BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BONHAM CASTING ON BLUEBERRY
BONHAM RENAMED POLAR STAR JUST PASSING AURORA BRIDGE . MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
POLAR STAR JUST PASSING ME. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
ART WORK BY JIM COLE SHOWING THE BEFORE AND AFTER OF THE BONHAM-POLAR STAR. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
HERE IS A PHOTO OF HOWARD & SCOTT STOPPELMAN AND MARK FREEMAN ON THE POLAR STAR WHEN PAT WAS CAPTAIN. I HAVE ONE OF MY TUGS THERE AND WE ARE JUST ABOUT READY TO GET UNDERWAY WITH THE BARGE.
POLAR STAR. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARK FREEMAN SHIFTING THE POLAR STAR WITH HIS TUG THE MANILA.
PAT & MERRY AT NORTHLAND TERMINAL. MAY FREEMAN PHOTO.
POLAR STAR IN JUNEAU. SCOTT STOPPELMAN PHOTO.
Tug C. B. Smith, official number 127688; 30 gross & 20 net tons. Registered length 52.9′ x 12.9′ beam x 6′ depth of hold. Built 1902 in Everett, WA. In 1942, Dad bought her from the Peck Brothers. She was rotten and had a broken crank shaft in her Gulowsen-Grei 125 horsepower engine and she had a funny square pilot house scabbed on her after running under one of Everett’s numerous bridges and taking the house off, so she wasn’t much and I know that dad couldn’t afford much. He and mother had just suffered through the great Depression and the only reason things were looking a little better was that WW II had just started. The word on the street several years later was that we would still be in the Depression if the war hadn’t started. Presently,things are not looking too good either! Dad had her towed down and tied her up on the end of Dock 4. He started Mr. Alma Smith tearing her apart, rotten wood out; good wood in. Sounds simple enough until you look at how rotten she was. Alma and Mrs. Smith lived on a house boat at Fremont Boat Market. He was an old time boat builder from the Willapa Bay; in fact, he and Lauderback were quite famous for all the small tugs that they built like the VAMOOSE & DARING. Out came the old engine and dad bought a 6-71 GM diesel of 165 hp. But he needed to swing a minimum 50 x 30 propeller, and to do that he needed at least a 4:1 reduction gear and guess what, the war effort took them all. So good old Doc figured it out, he bought a 2:1 twin disc gear that would bolt onto the back of the Jimmy and bought a 2:1 in-line reduction gear so that adds up to a 4:1 reduction gear which will swing at least a 50 inch diameter propeller.
It was a total success and that system ran until the boat died in the 1960s or 1970s. He just made the pilot house sound and useable dad thought that it came off one of the Coast Guard 75 footers but no matter what you did to it it still looked like an add on. Dad ran her as a P boat (percentage boat) thru Puget Sound Tug & Barge during the war and was she busy. I have a billing to Puget Sound for some of her towing and she never stopped. She, like a lot of old boats, never had an anchor winch so when you wanted to anchor her you had to go thru the anchor drill. First, you had to unshackle your tow wire and shackle in your stick pennant. Second, run a bunch of slack off the tow winch so that the wire would reach the bow. Third, they had several snatch blocks to run the wire thru to guide the tow wire to the bow. Fourth, shackle in the anchor chain. Fifth, lift the anchor which was on deck and swing it over the side from the anchor davit. Sixth, tie off the anchor with small line, check all fittings and cable so that it leads right. Seventh, cut the anchor loose while having your deck hand stand by the tow winch. Eighth, let out the tow wire to the right length. Ninth, back on her a little to set the anchor. When you were ready to go - that is the tide was turning, or the wind went down – you would do everything in reverse and you were ready to let your tow wire out and get underway. We would always see her working somewhere. She tied up part of the time at Barr-Bee Mill in South Lake Washington. Bill Willimott anchored her in the deep hole in Millers Bay, she drew about 6 feet. Noel Davis ran her for a while. In the early 1960s Steve Tate owned her for a while. I heard rumors that she sunk once on Hood Canal but she was a very busy girl for a lot of years. I have this letter from Carl H. Stevens about when he worked on the C.B.SMITH: “She was steam when I was on her. She has a 7 x 14 x 12 inch stroke fore and aft compound engine and a scotch marine boiler permitted 200 pounds of steam. She was originally built much narrower than she is now, the hull being sponsoned out to her present width. She was named after Clarence B. Smith (a marine engineer) and the son of Capt. Smith, her builder.”
C.B.SMITH 1942 AT FREMONT BOAT MARKET
ALMA SMITH REMOVING DRY ROT FROM THE C.B.SMITH.
MORE DRYROT LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE TIMBERS THAT THEY ARE PUTTING IN.
THE C.B.SMITH JUST OFF STIMPSON MILL.
THE C.B.SMITH ANCHORED UP IN MILLERS BAY. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
LETTER FROM DOC FREEMAN.
Tug CHRISTIE R: official number 212419; 12 tons gross; 8 tons net; registered length 36.9’ x 10.6’ x 5.1’; built in 1914 at Seattle, WA with 143 horsepower. It was said that she was originally built as a pile driver tender and came to Cary-Davis in 1922 from the McEachern Company with the first of the two and three cylinder Fairbanks-Morse 45 horsepower CO type semi-diesels.
After it was totally worn out, a 141 horsepower, 8 cylinder Chrysler Royal Gas Engine with a small reduction gear replaced it; to be followed by another with a 4 ½:1 reduction gear which was very much of a success.
The deckhouse was changed to boom boat style with the wheelhouse aft. The not-too-large galley of the old deckhouse, together with its coal stove and five gallon water barrel were not used. In 1951 Puget Sound Tug & Barge sold her to Doc Freeman. As far as I can tell dad sold her to Pat Stoppelman, his son-in-law, in 1953. Pat did the Stimpson Mill dirt boom towing with her as well as other jobs. Pat sold her back to Doc in 1956. I remember using her all the time when I did towing jobs for dad after I went into the Coast Guard. At the Grays Harbor Lifeboat Station we worked 6 days on and 2 days off. So I would drive home and do towing jobs for dad and make a few bucks because the Coast Guard was overpaying me at about a hundred dollars a month so that worked out really well. I always kidded about going in the Coast Guard, that all I did was take drop in pay and change uniforms as I was towing for them. One day I was backing the CHRISTIE R out of the hole at Dock 6 and I was spinning the steering wheel and I clipped my chin and almost knocked myself out, chipping my four front teeth. Boy, was my mother upset. Dad sold her to Bob Burns of Everett on March 12, 1956.
CHRISTIE R WITH HER ORIGINAL HOUSE, THANKS TO JIM CARY
CHRISTIE R GOING UP THE DUWAMISH RIVER WITH CARY-DAVIS ON THE SIDE OF HER HULL. THANKS TO JIM CARY.
JACK McCRARY ON BOW OF CHRISTIE R AT OUR GAS PLANT YARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARK IS GETTING READY TO SHIFT PAT’S METEOR WITH THE CHRISTIE R. PAT STOPPELMAN PHOTO.
MARK FREEMAN IN THE PILOT HOUSE OF THE CHRISTIE R. PAT STOPPELMAN PHOTO.
TUGS ON DOCK 6: FIRST THE CHRISTIE R THEN JERKMORE AND ALONGSIDE IS THE SAND DAB 2. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
JACK McCRARY AND MARK FREEMAN (WHILE ON LIBERTY) TOWED THIS ARMY BARGE HOME WITH THE CHRISTIE R THAT DOC HAD JUST BOUGHT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Tug CLIMAX: official number 238049; 7 tons gross, 5 tons net. Registered length 34.1′ x 9.9′ x 4.2′. Built in 1901 at San Francisco, CA. with 110 horsepower. Dad got her in trade when he sold the ADELPHUS to Jake Secor - as far as I can tell looking at the records. When Leiter Hockett bought her in 1939 from Libby McNeil & Libby, she had a two cylinder 30 horsepower Atlas gas engine. When we got her she had a beautiful 4-71 GM diesel. Evidently General Construction had re-engined her. Dad said ‘Well, I can sell the engine real quick and I have a 100 horsepower Superior that will do just fine.’ So out came the Jimmy and in went the Superior. The Superior was a lower compression engine and it smoked all the time. When I was at the Grays Harbor Lifeboat Station the fellow that dad sold her to was taking fishing charters out of Westport and you could see her smoke on the horizon and know right where she was. They used to kid me at the station and want to know if that was a Freeman boat. I helped clean her up and paint her and I have a couple of photos of her out of water at Seth Greens with Jack McCrary and I painting her bottom and changing propellers. A funny story about dad running her: one day he was out with the CLIMAX so he decided to stop by Pat & Merry’s houseboat. The CLIMAX had a funny gear shift, it was a horizontal lever and if you pulled up on it you were in reverse or in go-ahead… no one could ever remember which… and we forgot to write it down. So dad goes up the row of houseboats and bumps Jimmy Wandesfords houseboat because he could not remember which direction was ahead or astern. Of course it cracked the fireplace and that did not make Jimmy too happy, but that got fixed up. Dad was a good boat handler, maybe a bit too quick, but there’s a lesson about writing things down somewhere in there.
CLIMAX IN 1939 WHEN LEITER HOCKETT OWNED HER.
CLIMAX BEFORE WE CLEANED HER UP. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
CLIMAX IN SETH GREENS DRYDOCK. JACK AND MARK ARE WORKING ON HER – CHANGING WHEELS, I THINK. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARK WORKING ON THE WHEEL. NOTICE THE FRESH COAT OF BOTTOM PAINT. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
TUG CREST: (ex-CHRIS FOSS) Official number 224666; 35 gross tons, 35 net tons; registered length 51.2′ x 13.9′ x 8.8′. Built in 1925 for Wagner Towboat as the CREST and sold to Foss Launch and Tug in 1937 and renamed CHRIS FOSS. Foss sold her to W. H. Wertz on August 27, 1956 and he, in turn, sold her to Doc Freeman on Oct 10, 1956 and then Doc sold her and an engine to Charlie Jacobs on March 1, 1957 who renamed her CREST. Doc took the tug ATLAS in trade. Charlie was in the log towing business. When Foss sold her she had been laid up for several years after going ashore on Dungeness Spit and straining her hull. Foss also removed the main engine. When Charlie Jacobs decided to retire from the towing business he contacted me about selling the CREST. I told him to run her over and I would handle the sale of her at Fremont Boat. Either in 1967 or 1968, I sold her to Mr. George Perreault of Portland, Oregon and George ran her down the coast. Her original engine was a 156 horsepower Eastern Standard diesel; then she had a 200 horsepower Fairbanks Morse and her last engine was a D-17000 Cat of 150 Horsepower with a 3:1 reduction gear. Her most famous incident was when she and the KINGFISHER were towing a huge raft of logs of about 1,000,000 board feet from British Columbia and they got set down on top of Atkins Reef and the tide went out leaving both tugs high and almost dry. They tied the tugs together and it worked! They stayed upright, but it made for great pictures. When the tide flooded enough, off they went with their log raft for Seattle. The KINGFISHER became the MYRTLE FOSS. As far as I can tell this happened during the early 1930s. CREST was one of three near sisters which were the CREOSOTE and the MALOLO, Duke Coolidge hull design with a “mackerel tail and cod head”. The CREST had a 6 cylinder 9 x 12 -156 horsepower Eastern Standard diesel. MALOLO & CREOSOTE both had 10 x 12 ½ Fairbanks Morse two-cycle base scavenging 210 Horsepower @ 360 RPMs & 240 horsepower @ 400 RPM. I towed the CHRIS FOSS home from her moorings at Kenneydale while on liberty from the Grays Harbor Lifeboat station with a fellow Coast Guardsman, Roland E. Miller Jr (BM2) as my deckhand, that was my side job when I was in the Coast Guard.
CREST BEING BUILT IN 1925.
CREST IN THE SHIP CANAL AT THE TOWN OF FREMONT.
CREST IN THE LOCKS IN 1931 JOE WILLIAMSON PHOTO. THANKS JOE.
CREST WITH LOG TOW JUST OUTSIDE THE LOCKS.
CREST & KINGFISHER ASHORE ON ATKINS REEF.
CREST & KINGFISHER AGROUND ON ATKINS REEF.
C.C. CHEERY – CREST – VENTURE PULLING ON BIG LOG RAFT.
CREST PULLING ALONGSIDE LOG RAFT.
CHRIS FOSS ABOUT 1940. ROBIN PATERSON COLLECTION.
TOWING CHRIS FOSS HOME. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CREST IN UPPER PART OF PHOTO WHEN MARK FREEMAN HAD HER FOR SALE.
SOME MODERN PHOTOS TAKEN IN FEBRUARY.
GATOR IN THE WATER AND SHE FLOATS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DIXIE WITH WASSILIE B ALONGSIDE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
FLOATING HOME TOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
WESTERN’S PACIFIC TITAN IN DRYDOCK AT FOSS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
PACIFIC KNIGHT AT FOSS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
DIXIE AND NEW VENTURE AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MIST COVE IN DRYDOCK AT STABBERT YACHT & SHIP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
NEW PIILOT BOAT ASTORIA BEING LAUNCHED AT KVICHAK. WE HANDLED THE FOSS 300 CRANE BARGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DIXIE WITH FOSS 300 STEAM CRANE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CROWLEY’S SEA VOYAGER. ERIK FREMAN PHOTO.
GENERAL LEE ASSISTING NEW VENTURE AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DIXIE MAKING UP TO NEW VENTURE TO UNDOCK HER AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TOM’S KIDS LEARNING THE TUGBOAT BUSINESS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
NEW VENTURE UNDERWAY FOR BALLARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARGIE AND INDY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BLUE MOON HEADED FOR BALLARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DIXIE WITH BLUE MOON STERN FIRST – THEY TOW BETTER THAT WAY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARGIE AND I WERE HAVING A SATURDAY LUNCH AT ARNIES IN EDMONDS AND OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO TOUR THE BOAT YARD AND WE FOUND THE R.A. McDONALD OUT ON THE HARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
GREG MAGNUSON’S REDWOOD CITY PUSHING ONE AHEAD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SANDY & MISS BLUE CELEBRATING THEIR BIRTHDAYS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DIXIE & GENERAL LEE LANDING FOSS NO. 300 AT WILSON MARINE TO LIFT OLD DRYDOCK OUT. PATTI BISHOP PHOTO.
FOSS NO. 300 GETTING READY TO LIFT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
FOSS NO. 300 LIFTING 50 FOOT DRYDOCK AND THEN WE TOOK HER DOWN TO THE OLD MARITIME SHIPYARD SITE TO UNLOAD IT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
I WAS ON THE END OF THE DOCK WHEN THE NOTORIOUS WENT BY HEADED FOR NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
HALIBUT SCHOONER PARADE DAY. – THANKS ERIK!
HALIBUT SCHOONERS COMING THRU THE FREMONT BRIDGE. ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY ERIK FREEMAN
ST JOHN II.
SEYMOUR TIED UP AT SOUTH LAKE UNION AT THE CENTER FOR WOODEN BOATS. THANKS FOR TAKING ALL THE PHOTOS ERIK.
OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENDS ON THESE
GREAT BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS.
8-23-1989 CAPE JAMES AT VANCOUVER BC.
8-23-1989 CAPE JAMES- IVANHOE- CANMAR TINGEAK. AT VANCOUVER B.C.
8-23-1989 SMITTY NO. 1 AT NEW WESTMINSTER.
8-23-1989 SWIFTSURE IV AT NEW WESTMINSTER.
9-20-1989 WESTMINSTER CHINOOK AT NEW WESTMINSTER.
8-23-1989 RED FIR 15 AT NEW WESTMINSTER.
9-28-2013 SEASPAN KING AT PORT TOWNSEND AT FIRST LIGHT.
10-3-1989 A RIV-TOW DUSTY IN TOW I THINK A SWIFTSURE TUG—ANY IDEAS?
THANKS STAN I LOVE THOSE CANADIAN BOATS.
OLYMPIA TUGBOAT RACING PHOTOS BY SCOTT SCHOCH.
MARK FREEMAN’S TUG SOVEREIGN SHE SURE WASNT VERY FAST BUT A GOOD PULLER WITH FOUR 6-71 GM DIESELS AND TWO 58 INCH PROPS.
# 20 STEVE TATE’S ELF PASSING THE SOVEREIGN.
THE ELF, GARY DUFFS MERILYN AND PETE WHITTIER’S BLUEBERRY. GARY AND PETE GOT THEIR TWO BOATS HUNG UP ON THEIR TIRES AND GARY COULD NOT SLOW DOWN BECAUSE ART ZIMMERMAN HAD A 3 FOOT WRECH ON THE GOVERNOR. NO DAMAGE DONE BUT IT MADE FOR GREAT PHOTOS.
SCOTT’S PHOTOS ARE FROM AN ALBUM THAT ROBIN PATERSON MADE, THAT’S WHY THEY ALL
HAVE A NUMBER. SCOTT TAKES GREAT PHOTOS AND RUNS BIG TUGS FOR DUNLAP.
OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, SENDS ON THESE PHOTOS FROM
HILLY ( BIG WAVES ) COUNTRY.
NORTH BEND HEADED OUT TO TAKE CHARLIE OR GEORGE OFF A SHIP.
JACK BRUSCO IN BACKGROUND CG 47 FEET SURF BOAT IN FOREGROUND.
EDWARD BRUSCO HEADED OUT.
EDWARD BRUSCO AND LOG BARGE.
THEY HAVE NEW BOARDING PLATFORMS FOR THE PILOTS ON BOTH THE NORTH BEND AND THE COOS BAY.
SAUSE TUG HEADED FOR HAWAII KNUTSON TUG ASSISTING.
CAPT. GUS BEAUDRY MOVING IN TO PICK UP PILOT.
KNUTSON ASSIST TUG.
Thanks to all of you who send in pictures and facts so that I can share the information one photo at a time. Anything that you send me, I can scan and send back to you good as new.
Crowley decals and cloth patches for jackets or caps. The one I really like says “Red Stack Tugs”.
Old Cary-Davis & Puget Sound Tug & Barge photos & advertisements.
Old cannery tender & log towing photos.
We buy old tug and waterfront photos or collections and snapshots, as well as old (pre-1946) Marine Digest Magazines in any condition.
Information wanted: in an article in the Yachting magazine, it stated that Doc Freeman bought a tug named LEWIS II in 1943. He got her from Bellingham Tug & Barge, I can’t seem to track her down – any idea??
Need to know where the cannery tender HOWCAN went ashore in 1947.
Want builders plate off the Coast Guard Cutter BONHAM. I gave it to Jim Valentyne after dad bought the BONHAM.
All the best from:
Mark & Margie Freeman, Captains Erik & Tom, Miss Blue, Richie, The Mark Freeman Maritime Museum,
Tatoosh Towing & Salvage, Fremont Boat Co., Fremont Tugboat Co. and the three cats; Braveheart (Indy), Razz
And Batman (all three cats came from a no-kill shelter about 4 years ago,)
P.S.: If you want to send me an e-mail please use email@example.com Thank you Fairtide Mark.
- GENERAL LEE MEETING THE SEA VOYAGER. TOM, YOU HAVE TO START SMALL. KYLE STUBBS PHOTO.
Keith Sternberg was looking for info on the ESTEBETH. Karl House sent in info from McCurdy’s History and several copies of negatives from the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. “In 1918 the 70 ton gas passenger and freight boat ESTEBETH 55 feet long, with 80 horsepower Frisco Standard engine, was built at Tacoma for local mail and passenger service by Davis & Kaser from Juneau. In 1921 she was repowered with a 90 horsepower Atlas Imperial Diesel.” Thanks Karl, I wonder what happened to her?
“ESTEBETH” FROM KEITH STERNBERG.
Ric Shrewsbury of Western Towboat reports that his dad, Bob senior, owned the ARGOS for part of 1966 when Bob Sr. took her in trade as part of the deal when Leroy Dry bought the TRIUMPH from them. The ARGOS was sold and the new owners were taking her to Wrangell, Alaska when she hit something in Stikine Straits and she sank. Thanks Ric.
TRIUMPH 300 HP WASHINGTON. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION
DAD REALLY LIKED IT WHEN I PAINTED UP HIS BOATS. “ARGOS”AT THE END OF DOCK 1 AT FREMONT BOAT CO.
Gary King and several others sent me info on the sinking in Canada of the ELF (ex-Foss 15). She sunk the first time in Squamish and the second time the Coast Guard was having her towed back to Vancouver and she sunk in very deep water off Point Atkinson. Sad to see the old boats go, I wish that they could go on forever but they are just like us – they wear out.
ELF – EMAILED FROM GARY KING. PHOTO BY DARRYL SCHWANKE.
STEAM TUG ELF BECAME THE DIESEL TUG FOSS NO. 15 POWERED BY A 210 HP WESTERN ENTERPRISE. PHOTO FROM ROB PATERSON COLLECTION
FOSS NO. 15 GOT A 240 HP WASHINGTON IN 1960. FOSS SOLD HER AFTER 52 YEARS OF SERVICE. OTHER NAMES THAT SHE HAD WERE KARLYH AND SKOOKUM CASH AND STEVE TATE REPOWERED HER WITH A 350 HP CAT. ROB PATERSON PHOTO.
MARGIE & I TOOK THIS PHOTO OF THE ELF JUST ENTERING PORT LUDLOW.
Speaking of old tugs by now I think the CHICKAMAUGA is probably in Port Townsend where they are going to haul her out of water and probably break her up. Although I did see a mention about some people in Poulsbo that were talking about preserving her and that would be very expensive. Of course she has a different house on her than when she was the first full diesel tugboat in the United States. She had a fire when she belonged to Pacific Towboat (Foss) in Everett and they built a new two story house and a put in a 500 HP Cat. We will watch. Too bad somebody did not install an automatic bilge pump in her. The state is changing the laws and now they have criminal charges as well as civil charges on derelict boats. My friend Ben Sias got inside her for a look see before she left and he said it was pretty sad.
If they do scrap her, I would buy name boards or racing mementos to preserve the history.
CHICKAMAUGA LEAVING EAGLE HARBOR. PHOTO BAINBRIDGE ISLAND REVIEW.
CHICKAMAUGA WITH HER ORIGINAL HOUSE. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION
Since I did the article on the OCEAN MAID I have received a photo of her in Ketchikan from Kyle Stubbs. It turns out that John Clark’s dad used to run the OCEAN MAID. And, John Clark was in the Coast Guard and he sent along a picture of the CG Cutter SWIVEL that he was running in Maine.
My man in Maine, Bill Page, found her name board in a store in Boston and arranged for me to buy it and now it is in my office. Thanks Bill – we now call you old Eagle Eye and that’s probably the nicest thing we call you. Bill has been a great friend over the years and we have had a lot of fun with him. Margie and I even visited he and Paula when we were back east.—Thanks Bill.
OCEAN MAID IN KETCHIKAN. PHOTO BY KYLE STUBBS.
MY NEW NAME BOARD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
CG Cutter SWIVEL.
DONALD R is for sale $539,000. She is another Buz Dana rebuild and just beautiful. – need I say more? Contact United Yacht Sales. [unitedyacht.com]
Another tug for sale is the 45 foot R.A. McDonald for $19,950. Call Bryan Taylor at 206-639-9573.
Cliff Centers tug RELIABLE has been chosen as logo tug for the Olympia Tug Boat Races 2014.
- “RELIABLE” SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
Harley Marine Services has purchased the BRATT for training Mates and Captains for their tug boat company. BRATT is the latest word in technology having two Z-drive units and was designed by Ron Burchett and Rob Allen hence the name.
BRATT- HARLEY’S NEW TRAINING TUG.
The tug SILVER BAY II sank at Wrangell, Alaska. She was built as the JULIA FOSS.
JULIA FOSS 1989. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN
My dad, “Doc”, bought and sold boats and everything else. He owned a great number of tugs - some he used in his business, others he bought and sold, some he sold on consignment. He bought and sold well over a thousand regular boats including several sailing ships, freighters, yachts, tugs, ferry boats and thousands of surplus vessels, landing barges, motor launches, skiffs, dorys, yard oilers, freighters, deck barges, Coast Guard cutters – if it floated Doc had something to do with it. I also owned several tugs and there is a story and pictures about a lot of them.
I thought that I should start putting them down in print as I am reaching my 80th birthday next month. I have kept all the files that I could lay my hands on. It takes six large file drawers that contain dad’s info on his boat deals. Dad died in December 1963 when he was only 60. Any new info that you have, please pass it on to me. Some boats we have just a photo, others are mentioned in trade journals - and we don’t have hardly any files before WW II and almost no photos during the war except for the trade magazines.
TUG – ADELPHUS. Offical Number: 208834, Gross: 31 tons, Net: 21 tons, 56.2 feet registered length, beam was 13.1 and depth was 6’8″. She was built in 1911 at Seattle. She was built as a tender for the Shaw Island Packing Company. That is why her pilot house was so far aft. The forward cabin was added at a later date and the fish hold was converted to quarters and a small house was built on top of it.
In April 1924 CAPT. William P Thornton started up the San Juan Tugboat Co with the tug ADELPHUS. The Marine Digest featured the ADELPHUS on the front cover and had this article about her and I quote from March 28, 1927. “The tugboat ADELPHUS of the Elliot Bay Towing Company which appears in the port hole of this issue, was hauled out at the plant of the King Shipbuilding Company last week and underwent seasonal overhauling. She is often referred to as ” The biggest little tug on Puget Sound.” Recently she towed eight sections of logs containing 500,000 feet from the Cascade Boom in Tacoma to Elliot Bay in less the 12 hours. The ADELPHUS is commanded by her owner Capt. William P. Thornton veteran Puget Sound steamboat master. Clifford Roundtree is engineer and Fred Dells is mate. She is powered with a 100-horsepower Fairbanks-Morse C-O engine.”
At some point Elliott Bay Towing and Elliott Bay Mill Company ended up as her owner and that is who dad bought her from, I think. He sold her to E. J. Secor (Jake if I remember correctly) and the customs house bill of sale and installment note were dated May 12, 1952. He took in trade the tug CLIMAX but that’s another story. She left for Southeast Alaska and was never seen or heard of again and all hands were lost as far as we know.
ADELPHUS ON THE FRONT COVER OF THE MARINE DIGEST. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION
ADELPHUS MAKING SOOT BALLS. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
ADELPHUS STILL MAKING SOOT BALLS. A C-O FAIRBANKS WERE A SEMI-DIESEL. HERE SHE IS OFF 4-MILE ROCK WITH A LOG TOW IN JUNE OF 1938. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
APRIL 9, 1952 LETTER FROM ROBERT E. LANDWEER, CUSTOM HOUSE BROKER. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
TUG CLIMAX. DAD TOOK HER IN TRADE AS PART OF THE SALE OF THE ADELPHUS. LIETER HOCKETT COLLLECTION.
TUG – ATLAS: ON: 206377, Gross: 19 tons, Net: 13 tons, 46.2 x 11.6 x 5 feet. Built 1909 at Harper, WA. Dad got the ATLAS when he sold the ex-CHRIS FOSS hull (CREST) to Charlie Jacobs on February 19, 1957 but that’s another story. The ATLAS was a dandy little tug all clean and painted nicely. Charlie used her for towing log rafts from the Port Ludlow log storage to the Pope & Talbot Mill at Port Gamble. She had a model 844 Buda Diesel and was about 140 horsepower. He would take 20 sections and catch the flood into Gamble. Dad used her for a short time and liked her very much – she was quiet and handled good. But true of what dad did best he sold her to Don Morris of Ketron Island on March 19, 1957 so he didn’t have her very long. I don’t know who did it but she was made into a yacht and painted all white.
CHRIS FOSS (EX-CREST). ROLAND E. MILLER JR AND I TOWED HER HOME WITH THE JOHN L.C. WHEN WE WERE ON LIBERTY FROM THE GRAYS HARBOR LIFEBOAT STATION IN NOV. 1956
TUG – ATLAS. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION
ATLAS CONVERTED TO A YACHT. TOM BARTLET PHOTO.
TUG – ATKA: ON: 216326, Gross tons: 31, Net tons: 21, 53.6 x 16.1 x 5.7 built in 1918. I have in the file a letter to dad dated November 4, 1950 from Kotzebue Sound Lighterage Co. Dad had sent them a photo of the boat and they were returning it so what went on I have no way of knowing. Then I have a receipt where dad bought the ATKA from Donald Erickson a medical doctor whose hobby was buying old boats and fixing them up. When I was selling boats Dr. Erickson and I made a lot of deals. Dad sold the ATKA to Ragnvald Johnson of Port Angeles on July 20, 1956. I also know that Trafton in Anacortes had her for a while. She had a pair of D-6 Superior Diesels, 170 horsepower at 1500 rpm’s and 112 horsepower at 1200 rpm’s with 3:1 reduction gears. The engines were rebuilt and installed in October, 1949. She was about 58 feet overall.
I remember that I was thinking of buying her and going into the general towing business which would be log towing before I went into the Coast Guard. It was mandatory that you went into some service - it was called the draft. So I didn’t buy her. On the back of one of her photos I had written “I almost bought her to do log towing when I was a kid before I went into the Coast Guard. She had two Superiors.” And then there was a P.S. and it said “It was just as well. I knew after I left the University of Washington that I would get an 1-A draft notice and didn’t need a big boat that I couldn’t run and be gone for four years.”
TUG ATKA. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
TUG – ACTIVE:
I have no way of knowing whether dad bought and sold her or if she was a consignment boat. The Merchant Vessels Registry show two boat named ACTIVE that are about the same size so there is no way that I can identify her. I have a Pacific Motor Boat Magazine story about dad fixing up the MONROE and at the end of the story and I quote. “ In fact, we’re making another Chrysler installation with a 5-to-1 reduction in the ACTIVE, also a former shrimp boat similar in size to the MONROE.” That is the only mention that I have ever seen about the ACTIVE.
Dad fixed up the MONROE and made a juggle boat out of her. Dad was sold on the Chryslers and their reduction gears for replacing old oil engines a 115 horsepower Chrysler Crown would swing a 40 inch propeller on a 5 to 1 gear. The Murray & Tregurtha units had a 9 to 1 gear and they swung a 48 x 48 inch wheel on a Chrysler Royal engine of 141 horsepower. Quick to install and parts were available.
TUG ACTIVE, TIED UP ON DOCK 1. NICE LOOKING LITTLE TUG. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
TUG ACTIVE TIED UP ON DOCK 1. IN THE BACKGROUND IS OUR OLD FERRYBOAT THAT WE LIVED ON – THE AIRLINE. WE MOVED HER THERE IN 1938 AND THE COAST GUARD TOOK HER IN 1942 FOR A BARRACKS SHIP SO THAT HELPS DATE THE PHOTO. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
TUG ACTIVE OUT OF WATER ON HER GRID. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
TUG – ARTHUR B. FITZPATRICK: was named for my Grandpa Fitz who was a chief engineer and had an unlimited license in steam from the Coast Guard – any ocean, any tonnage. That means he could have run the QUEEN MARY! The little tug 30 feet long and 8 feet wide had been one of two sister work boats carried by the Bureau of Indian Affairs supply ship NORTH STAR. The two work boats had been used to ferry goods ashore in Alaska where there were no docks. When they came up for bid, dad bought one and Lloyd Frank bought the other one. Lloyd built her into a small tug and put in a 165 horsepower gas engine. Today she is known as the TWOBITTS and I think Elwood Avery still owns her as a pleasure boat. They were both open boats and ours had a 115 horsepower Chrysler Crown and we used her just they way she came for shifting all the big boats dad had at Northlake Boat Sales. I have photos that I took in May of 1959 when I towed the ATKINS over to Poulsbo. I had Jim Vallentyne run her for me as an assist boat. Our friend and employee Jim Vallentyne and dad got to talking about making her into a steam boat. Frank Prothero donated a Model K Navy engine circa 1900 and Jim rebuilt it. They found a real Scotch Marine Boiler that would burn coal or wood. They installed the engine and boiler and fitted a rebuilt 24 inch diameter propeller and had the wheel repitched to 40 inches and it was just the right combination. We still used her as a tug but you had to build up steam before you could shift. We all had a lot of fun with her. We even took her to opening day in 1960 disguised as the AFRICAN QUEEN with empty cases of Gilbeys gin stacked on the back deck just like Humphrey Bogart would have done. Dad died in December of 1963 having just turned 60 and mother and I gave the steamboat to Jim Valentyne and his wife Loretta. Jim and our old engineer, Edmund Anderson, built a house on her and renamed her the DAVID T. DENNY. Jim was later drowned on the Columbia River Bar trying to deliver a 50 foot Chris Craft from California to Seattle when a huge Pacific Storm caught him. The boat was sold and ended up in our moorage at Fremont Boat and I understand was shipped to Europe to do the canals and now is somewhere in the Eastern U.S.
FROM LEFT MURRAY AMOS, MARK FREEMAN, & JIM VALLENTYNE. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
MAY 1959 ASSIST BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
ARGOS WITH ATKINS ALONGSIDE. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
NAVY STEAM ENGINE CIRCA 1900. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
GETTING READY FOR A FUN DAY. FROM LEFT MURRAY AMOS. JIM & LORETTA VALENTYNE & MARK FREEMAN. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
BLOWING OFF SOME STEAM. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
A RAINY DAY CRUISE ON LAKE UNION. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION
GENERAL LEE AND BOATS AFLOAT SHOW TOW. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
EVERYBODY’S PUSHING. JOE TIFFANY PHOTO
CAPT. MARK IS DOING HIS PART. TOM BULSON PHOTO.
SAM B WENT BY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
PEANUT – SNOW BOUND. GOOD THING THE SNOW DIDN’T GET DEEPER AS SHE IS VERTICAL IMPARIED. MISS BLUE PHOTO.
NEW BRIDGE TUG TERILYN FROM SAN FRANCISCO. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
BLACK CAT MAN CAPT. MARK. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
DIXIE WITH NEW VENTURE HEADED FOR NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD AND DRYDOCK # 2. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
FATHOM RUNNING BY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
GRACE ON A FOGGY MORNING. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BLUEBERRY - FOG IS STILL IN. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO. BILL WOULD SURELY CALL ME FOGGY.
DIXIE WITH HUSKY HEADED FOR BALLARD. SHE JUST UNDOCKED FROM NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Margie and I drove out to the big model meet at Monroe one recent Saturday. Every kind of boat and plane were there. Kevin had the big pool there so that everyone could run their radio controlled boats. Besides all the tugs and warships there was a three-masted sailing ship that looked like the VICTORY - a great lakes ship and Kevin was flying his helicopter over the water, so there was lots to see. We had never seen a model helicopter fly and what a treat that was. After a couple of hours it was way past lunch time so off to Anthony’s by the water in Everett for a little lunch treat. What a change – no logs in storage – no log tugs coming down the river, it just looked like the dead sea. I have way too good a memory.
RON BURCHETT AND HELICOPTER. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
RON IN BACKGROUND AND HIS TUG ALAN B. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
KEVIN’S HELICOPTER JUST FLEW OFF A BARGE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
ALAN B UP CLOSE MADE UP IN THE NOTCH. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
ONE OF AMY ENG’S BOATs. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
UNKOWN PUSH BOAT BUT I WANT ONE JUST LIKE THIS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
Olympia Tugboat Race photos from the Rob Paterson Collection, Scott Schoch photos. Thanks Kae!
TUG WINAMAC- ROBIN HAS HER IN THE COMPANY CORNER. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
RELIANCE AND MALOLO FIGHTING IT OUT. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
GREG MAGNUSON’S MALOLO WITH HER D 343 CAT. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
SCHOBENS’ LILLIAN C ALL BY HERSELF. DOES THAT MEAN THAT SHE IS AHEAD OF EVERYONE OR BEHIND? SCOTT SHOCH PHOTO.
STEVE HAS THE ELF HOOKED ON; TOO BAD SHE IS GONE NOW. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
MY SOVEREIGN WON A SEATTLE TUG RACE ONCE BUT SHE NEVER GOT CLOSE IN OLYMPIA. WE DID HAVE GREAT FUN THREATENING EVERYONE! SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
Our man in Coos Bay, Bob Richardson, sends on these photos of Coos Bay traffic. Thanks Bob.
ISLAND SCOUT AND HER BIG CHIP BARGE HEADED OUT. KNUTSON ASSISTING. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
KNUTSON TUG RETURNING AFTER ASSISTING CHIP BARGE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO
Captain Tom Bulson, our man on the DIXIE, sent me about 500 tug photos so I get to pick and choose what to show you.
FENDER MAKING IS ALMOST A LOST ART. TOM BULSON COLLECTION
THIS MIGHT BE GREG MAGNUSON’S RED WOOD CITY WHEN HE BOUGHT HER IN CALIFORNIA. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
- A SEATTLE TUGBOAT RACE FROM 1953. FROM LEFT: TWO COAST GUARD 40 BOATS, THE WEDELL FOSS MAKING ALL THAT SMOKE, THE GLEANER AND ON THE FAR RIGHT IS AMERICAN’S PETER. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
LOOKS LIKE CROWLEY’S SEA QUEEN (?) AND ONE OF THE NORTH SLOPE BARGES. TOM BULSON COLLLECTION.
WHAT A SAD SIGHT. TOM BULSON COLLECTION
GREAT LAKES TUGS MAKING LOTS OF SMOKE AND STEAM. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH POWER JUST PUT ANOTHER TUG ON THE JOB. TOM BULSON PHOTO.
Our man on Whidbey Island, Stan Willhight, sends in these great black and white photos. Thanks Stan.
8-16-1989 JOSEPH R. IN THE LOCKS. SHE LOOKS TO BE AN EX-MARINE LOGISTICS TUG(?) STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
7-6-19989 SEA WINCH OUT ON THE HARD AT FISHING VESSEL OWNERS. MARINE DISCOVERER AND A BOYER TUG IN THE BACKGROUND. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
9-1-1989 STANDARD NO. 3 NEAR ANACORTES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
9-8-1989 TOM WHITE PUSHING A BARGE IN THE SWINOMISH SLOUGH. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
9-20-1989 WESTMINSTER CHINOOK AT NEW WESTMINSTER B.C. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
10-31-1989 COMOX CROWN ON THE FRASER RIVER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SEND IN PICTURES AND FACTS SO THAT I CAN SHARE THE INFORMATION ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. ANYTHING THAT YOU SEND ME, I CAN SCAN AND SEND BACK TO YOU GOOD AS NEW.
SOURCES THAT I HAVE AVAILABLE TO ME (BESIDES EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE SAVED INCLUDING 150,000 PHOTOS AND MY SCRAP BOOKS AND FILES) ARE: JIM CARY’S NOTES; McCURDY’S MARINE HISTORY; THE FOSS BOOK; P.S.M.H.S.; OLD MARINE DIGEST MAGAZINES; OLD PACIFIC MOTOR BOAT AND PACIFIC WORK BOAT MAGAZINES.
1. CROWLEY DECALS AND CLOTH PATCHES FOR JACKETS OR CAPS. THE ONE I REALLY LIKE SAYS ‘RED STACK TUGS’.
2. OLD CARY-DAVIS & PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE PHOTOS & ADVERTISEMENTS.
3. OLD CANNERY TENDER & LOG TOWING PHOTOS.
4. WE BUY OLD TUG AND WATERFRONT PHOTOS OR COLLECTIONS AND SNAP SHOTS. AS WELL AS OLD (PRE-1946) MARINE DIGEST MAGAZINES IN ANY CONDITION.
5. INFORMATION WANTED: IN AN ARTICLE IN THE YACHTING MAGAZINE, IT STATED THAT DOC BOUGHT A TUG NAMED THE LEWIS II IN 1943. HE GOT HER FROM BELLINGHAM TUG AND BARGE AND I CAN’T SEEM TO TRACK HER DOWN. ANY IDEAS?
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPS MARGIE AND I PUBLISH THIS NEWSLETTER. IT SURE IS FUN AND INTERESTING TO DO -ESPECIALLY WITH MY STEAM BACK.
ALL THE BEST FROM:
MARK & MARGIE FREEMAN, CAPTAINS ERIK & TOM, MISS BLUE, RICHIE, THE MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM, TATOOSH TOWING & SALVAGE, FREMONT BOAT CO, FREMONT TUGBOAT CO. AND THE THREE CATS: BRAVEHEART, RAZZ AND BATMAN, [ALL THE CATS CAME FROM A NO-KILL SHELTER ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO].
P.S.: IF YOU WANT TO SEND ME AN E-MAIL PLEASE USE: firstname.lastname@example.org THANK YOU! FAIRTIDE MARK.
We are looking for information on the ESTEBETH which was a Southeast Alaska
Mail Boat built in 1918.
I am starting a new series on tugboats that we have owned. NO. 1: ARGOS.
On June 25, 1957 my dad “Doc” Freeman traded a surplus refrigerated 110 foot barge to Dave Updike & Jim Vallentyne for the old American tug ARGOS. Her official Number was 212779 and she was built as a gas boat in 1914 at Birmingham, WA. I think that was the name of the town of Irondale or Port Hadlock I was told.. She was 56.6 feet long (registered length) and about 65 feet overall and had a 70 HP heavy duty gas engine. I don’t know when American Tug Boat Co. got her but some time during the 1920’s she was repowered with a 100 HP Fairbanks Morse CO (crude oil) semi-diesel which was a very good replacement for a gas engine and a good puller with a 54 inch diameter wheel.
Later American replaced the Fairbanks with a 120 HP Atlas Imperial full diesel and she towed logs for American based in Everett. When I first saw her she had no engine as Dave & Jim had removed it. Dad installed a model 1879 Buda diesel of 171 HP with a 2:1 reduction gear which swung about a 50 inch diameter wheel at 450 rpm’s. She had a throne for a toilet in the starboard aft end of the engine room. It was perched up high with a straight pipe out of the hull. When you looked in it and straight down you could see sea water. Of course when you were on the “throne” you could examine the tail shaft turning and looking up at the engine you could tell how much water was leaking out of the Sherwood pump which was the fresh water circulating pump – they always leaked and were built with poor seals. We had about a four gallon expansion tank on the back of the stack and you were always filling it. Having it up high helped the circulation of the fresh water in the engine and taking any bubbles out of the system. She had an air ram for steering but you had to help it along as I think the leathers were worn out. She had a wood stove in the galley which someone mounted but forget to install a damper in the stack so it was always too hot or cold, but in those days you just lived with those things. It is different now. Jim Vallentyne cut a minesweepers’ stack in half for the ARGOS’ stack and it was just the right size. Dad had a winch off a surplus power scow so that became the tow winch. I remember he and Ed Anderson, our chief engineer, talking about the power for the winch. The ARGOS had big air tanks still installed for the Atlas, so they put an air motor on the winch but we found that when you went to shorten up your tow, you didn’t quite get the tow wire recovered when you ran out of air. Of course the clutch had an air shifter a Naud control so you could not shift the clutch and take in your tow wire… so that wasn’t what you would call a success.
We took off the air motor and put a 32 volt motor on the winch for power because we had a 32 volt bank of batteries for starting. Since the engine was already running you were okay even if you used up all your battery power as it would soon charge up, so that worked just fine.
She carried lots of tow wire and I once scared myself as I had too much wire out. I was coming from the Olympia Reserve Fleet with a power scow that we had bought surplus and had to be really careful on my line-ups, watching out for the set at the Narrows Bridge. Did not want to wrap the tow around those piers!
I cleaned her all up and put her in dad’s favorite colors just like our boats are nowadays, except we had a red stack. We used her for towing all the boats that dad was buying and selling and did general towing with her. I was talking to Austin Hemion at Landweer, the customs house broker, about her title and there was an outstanding loan against her from 1916 that had never been satisfied. We both decided that there was no one alive to collect on it, so we just went on with our business.
I got one fun trip into the San Juan’s with her. Dad died in 1963 and I sold her to Leroy Dry taking the tug DWARF in trade, but that’s another story. I think that she was lost in SE Alaska at the end of a towline. If anyone has any more info I would love to hear from you.
“DOC FREEMAN” 1938
AD FROM PACIFIC MOTORBOAT MAGAZINE FOR 1920
“ARGOS” COMPLETE WITH TOW WINCH ON UPPER DECK. PHOTO: LOCKE OF EVERETT
“ARGOS” WORKING IN THE LOG STORAGES IN EVERETT. JOE WILLIAMSON PHOTO.
“ARGOS” IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“ARGOS” I WAS MOVING HOUSES. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“ARGOS” WE DID NOT HAVE THE TOW WIRE ON THE DRUM YET. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“ARGOS” I WAS WAITING FOR WEATHER IN PORT LUDLOW. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARK ON THE BACK DECK OF THE “ARGOS” IN 1961. BOB ARMSTRONG PHOTO.
DAD REALLY LIKED IT WHEN I PAINTED UP HIS BOATS. “ARGOS” ON THE END OF DOCK 1 AT FREMONT BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Here is a email I sent to Scott, cc to Keith, about photos of an Atlas Imperial
Dear Scott and Keith,
It looks like the two photos of the Atlas engine that you sent me, Scott, were not from the ARLYN NELSON but from the VAMOOSE. I took the photos in 1947 or 1948 and they are in my 1948 scrap book and titled 50 hp Atlas in VAMOOSE. I have been thinking about those two photos for a couple of weeks and finally had the time to look them up. I remember being very taken with the 55 hp Atlas when Ray Stickler owned the VAMOOSE. I remember asking Ray where the starter button was in case the engine died. I was used to all the gas engines that we had that were always dying. Of course Ray just laughed and he said this kind of engine doesn’t die and if it does, it is air start and you have to open the sniffer valves and spot the engine and open the air start valve, but it did not worry him in the least. I remember it swung a 40 inch diameter propeller and it got its 55 hp at about 400 RPMS.
When Pat Stoppelman owned her he got into a pulling contest with Slim Place on the tug KUMTUX about a 40 foot boat. The Kumtux had a 141 hp Chrysler Royal gas engine with a 4-1/2 to 1 reduction gear. It was very close but the KUMTUX had just a little more power than the VAMOOSE. We had a lot of different work boats with Royals; they burned a lot of gas but gas was 25 cents a gallon and Doc sold the Royals as new surplus for around a thousand bucks. They installed quickly and as long as you ground the valves regularly they ran pretty good. We usually took the twin carbs off them as they were hard to adjust and burned a little more fuel but they were a good, cheap engine. Dad bought and sold several thousand of them. One of my jobs, when I was 12 years old, was to drive our 1927 Studebaker A-Frame truck between our marine store and Seth Greens where we had a shop where Swanney, our mechanic, took apart each surplus Chrysler before we sold them. My job was to transport the engines back and forth and my dad told me to drive in compound low and he had a lot of spies out watching me. I was so thrilled to be driving, I just left her in compound low. When I was 16, and had a Model A Ford, it was always Out of compound low! And in high gear.
55 HP ATLAS IN THE “VAMOOSE”. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SCOTT STOPPELMAN IN HIS BOAT.
KEITH STERNBERG SWINGING COMPASS ON THE “RAINIER”
“ARYLN NELSON” MODEL BY EARL SUGDEN. SCOTT STOPPELMAN PHOTO.
MODEL OF THE “VAMOOSE” THAT I BUILT IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN 1947. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
In the last issue we showed a photo of the “OCEAN MAID” which we bought
surplus and Johnny Clark saw the article and sent us an email which I have
It was good to see the old boat in the slough. I drove over the trestle one day and was wondering if that was her.
Back in the 60’s KODIAK fisheries owned her. My dad (Capt. Eugene Butts) had to quit Foss because of his heart trouble. He was the long time Master of the CHRISTINE FOSS and the next Capt. was Bob Burns from Port Townsend. I made my first trip to sea on her under Capt. Burns as ordinary seaman in 1965. While he was on the mend he got a call from them and they needed someone with a license to take her North for the Salmon Season. I remember her laying at Fisherman’s Terminal by the old Wharf restaurant. She had a yard & stay rig with hydraulic winches. Dad was busy loading her hold and I would run around all over her 130 foot. The clam chowder for lunch at the Wharf was so thick you could stand a spoon straight up in the middle and it would stay!
She had a tow winch on the short aft deck.
The company had a processing barge that they needed to tow to Port Bailey on Kodiak. Foss gave them a quote and it was pretty high, so my dad said he’d do it up there with the MAID. The tugs brought it outside the locks and he hooked up to her and off they went. I remember my mom saying dad had called and it was a real long slow tow, but they got there in fine shape.
After that the company really liked dad and even showed up at his funeral in 1968. They saved a boatload of money on that one!
I also remember that dad had an old easy chair at the house and he wanted it in the wheel house for the trip. He cut the legs off and we hauled it down there and with a little coaxing got in through the door. I think he did several seasons on her before they discovered lung cancer. He never did go back to the big tugs. He really enjoyed running the OCEAN MAID.
Capt. John Clark ( Butts)
BMC USCG Retired
YSF 200 BECAME “OCEAN MAID”. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
“OCEAN MAID”. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Letter from Johnny Clark on Dec. 29, 2013:
Mark, here’s a picture of dad & me in Kodiak circa 1954 aboard dad’s tug U.S.ARMY LT 130. Dad was with the MSTS and was based out of Whittier, Alaska. He supplied the DEW line sites along the Western Coast which led to him doing the same thing with Foss later on. I apologize for the size etc… Maybe not useable. John
CAPT. EUGENE BUTTS & SON JOHN CLARK.
RETIREMENT CERMONY FOR BMC JOHN CLARK FROM USCG.
JOHN CLARK BMC RETIREMENT FROM USCG.
The above photos are my change of command and retirement ceremony. I ran the BAYBERRY for 4
years. The only units at the old North base were the District 13 armory, the CGC FIR and the BAYBERRY.
What a sweet job that was! Also sending a picture of my other command, CGC SWIVEL out of Rockland,
Maine for three years. That class of tug was a darn good ice breaker. During the winter I had to keep
the Penobscot river open for the tankers from Boston. John
“BAYBERRY” PUSHING BLUEBERRY’S BUOY BARGE.
NEW HOUSE FOR FIREBOATS THAT FOSS IS BUILDING. WE TOWED THE FOSS 300 OVER TO THE SHIPYARD AND PICKED IT UP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“GOLDEN WEST” BEING CUT UP AT STABBERT’S AND PIECES OF HER GOING ON TO A BOYER BARGE. NEXT STOP THE STEEL MILL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BIG BOYER BARGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
GOOD TIME OF THE YEAR FOR GET TOGETHERS, COFFEE POT IS ALWAYS ON AND YOU ARE INVITED. HERE MARGIE AND SUZIE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO WILL BUY LUNCH. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
VISITORS FROM AFAR ..THAT IS BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN OLYMPIA. CHUCK FOWLER AND JOHN HOUGH STOPPED BY ON THE WAY TO A PSMHS MEETING. MARGIE POURED THE COFFEE AND TOOK THE PICTURE. WE LEFT THE DOOR OPEN TOO LONG AND THAT GUY IN THE TAN SHIRT SNEAKED IN.
OLD FRIEND AND CUSTOMER STUART, FROM DOCK 6 , DROPPED BY BUT EVEN CAPT. ERIK COULDN’T SELL HIM ANY COFFEE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
SHIFTING THE “RACHEL MARIE” FROM NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD TO BALLARD OIL WITH TUGS “GENERAL LEE AND JEEP”. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“DIXIE” SHIFTING KIRBY TUG “PARAGON”. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“HEIDI L. BRUSCO” JUST CLEARING THE AURORA BRIDGE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“ISLAND BREEZE” PASSING “HARRY M”. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
” GENERAL LEE” WITH FLOATS FOR THE BOATS AFLOAT SHOW. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SCHOONER “ADVENTURESS” PAYING US A VISIT. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
KEN GREFF SAYING HELLO AND CHECKING ON HOW MY KNEE WAS HEALING. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO
GAM OVER-”ADVENTURESS” SAILS AWAY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
FIRST DAY BACK TO WORK 2 WEEKS AFTER THE KNEE REPLACEMENT. THE CREW MAKING SURE I DIDN’T MAKE THE BAY. THANKS FELLOWS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
“DIXIE” SHIFTING “SEA BIRD” TO NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. SHE WAS USED IN THE MR ROBERTS MOVIE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“SEA BIRD” MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“DIXIE” SHIFTING “GREEN HOPE” TO NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
WE DELIVERED A CHRISTMAS TREE TO SOME SICK FRIENDS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TUGS IN FOR CHRISTMAS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPTAINS MARK & TOM.
MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPTAIN TOM’S PHOTOS.
“JOHN WANAMAKER”… I THINK. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
I LOVE ALL THAT SMOKE, CAN’T DO THAT ANYMORE. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
RAILROAD TUG. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
McCALISTER TUG PUSHING HARD ON THE SIDE OF A SHIP. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
IN BETWEEN SHIFTS I WONDER WHO IS WINNING. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
Here are some photos that I received from Kae Paterson, Rob had put them in a scrap book. They are various shots taken mainly by, I think, Scott Schoch. I will run them over the next several issues.
“WINAMAC ” LEADING THE PACK . COPY #2
“RELIANCE” COPY #4
“RELIANCE & MALOLO” COPY #6
“RELIABLE” COPY #7
“CHALLENGE” copy # 8
OUR MAN & LADY IN COOS BAY, BOB & GINNA RICHARDSON, AND THEIR PHOTOS.
TUG “BLANCO” TOWING PETE BILLATER’S DREDGE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
CHIP SHIP DEPARTING COOS BAY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
DUNLAP’S “MANFRED NYSTROM” DEPARTING COOS BAY WITH A CHIP BARGE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
“NORTH BEND” ESCORTING CANADIAN TUG “GENERAL JACKSON” WITH LOADED CHIP SCOW. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
“NORTH BEND” AND NEW PLATFORM ON THE BOW. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
“MARINE RETRIEVER” ENTERING HARBOR WITH ONE SMALL BARGE IN TOW. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
“ISLAND SCOUT” ENTERING HARBOR WITH EMPTY CHIPPER. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
‘ISLAND SCOUT” HEADED OUT WITH LOADED CHIP BARGE, KNUTSON ASSISTING. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
COOS BAY MARINERS. FROM LEFT GEORGE WALES, GUS BEAUDRY, MIKE GRAHAM AND GINNA RICHARDSON. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
Bob sent me a wonderful book on the bar pilots of Coos Bay called O Pilot. Its a good read.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SEND IN PICTURES AND FACTS SO THAT I CAN SHARE THE INFORMATION ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. ANYTHING THAT YOU SEND ME I CAN SCAN AND SEND BACK TO YOU GOOD AS NEW.
1. OLD CARY-DAVIS & PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE PHOTOS & ADVERTISEMENTS.
2. OLD CANNERY TENDER & LOG TOWING PHOTOS.
3. WE BUY OLD TUG AND WATERFRONT PHOTOS OR COLLECTIONs AND SNAP SHOTS & OLD MARINE DIGEST MAGAZINES PRE-1946, ANY CONDITION.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPS MARGIE AND I PUBLISH THIS NEWSLETTER.
IT SURE IS FUN AND INTERESTING TO DO ESPECIALLY WITH MY STEAM BACK.
WISHING YOU ALL A GREAT NEW YEAR.
MARK & MARGIE FREEMAN, CAPTAINS ERIK & TOM, MISS BLUE, RICHIE, THE MARK FREEMAN
MARITIME MUSEUM, TATOOSH TOWING & SALVAGE, FREMONT BOAT CO., FREMONT TUGBOAT CO.
AND THE THREE CATS BRAVEHEART (Indy), RAZZ AND BATMAN.
IF YOU WANT TO SEND ME AN E-MAIL SEND IT TO email@example.com THANK YOU!
MARK, A LONG TIME AGO. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO
MARK FREEMAN’S “RUDDERLESS” DECEMBER 24, 2013.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
I have been having lots of fun writing emails back and forth about old boats and engines. There was a great article in Pacific Yachting Magazine about rum running in the Gulf Islands. Good story about the WINAMAC when she was a launch. Our dear friend Robin Paterson owned her for quite a while. So I sent the story on to his wife, Kae Paterson. Very interesting photos of old Canadian vessels written by Rick James.
Well my boat finally came in – at least the boat with 1,100 calendars on it. We had a mass effort to get them out the door; I figure we mailed 1,000 envelopes 200 of which had two calendars, so that makes about 1,200 out the door so far. Thanks for the help making all that effort to: Ed Machado, Drew Pearce, Margie, Erik, Richie and Tom (and me!). We also have Ballard Printing make up around 300 individual calendars… Steve does a really, really nice job.
UPDATE: Gary King in Canada writes back that the tug in the photo is the “RFM” and he can tell that by the narrow band on the stack. Thanks Gary.
Interesting ad in a recent Trade Only Magazine. Fortress Marine Anchors has an ad for the “World’s Best Anchor” which looks for all the world like a Danforth Anchor… which is just fine as the patent ran out years ago. Back in the late ’40′s, before the patent ran out, everyone started making ‘Danforth Type’ Anchors. My dad had Doc Freeman’s Marine store at the time and of course he sold anchors of every brand. He bought a couple of thousand surplus 30 pound lite-weight galvanized anchors. When he advertised them, he called them ‘Danforth Type’. Well, you would have thought that the roof fell in from the commotion that ad caused. Mr. Danforth had his attorney write us not so nice letters about what a bunch of savages we were out on the Pacific Coast and our anchor had a curved blade not a straight side and o my god we had better stop all advertising or we would be sued. Well my dad wasn’t scared of anyone so he said ‘sue us’. This went on for a while and yes, they sued us and yes, we had to cease and desist. So we just changed the ad to 30 lb lite-weight galvanized anchors and cut Danforth’s new price by a whole lot. It took about 20 years until the patent ran out and then everyone sold them. I still run into them! I found one for sale up by Anacortes the other day–fond memories. I had several of them on the “JERKMORE” for anchoring brailes and I could not tell any difference in the holding power… but maybe I was prejudiced.
Steve at Ballard Printing tuned up an old photo that I had of the “VAMOOSE & ROSE” as it had a couple of bright spots from reflections and he is better at photo shop than I am, so I used it in all the calendars that he made up for me. Below is the photo.
More letters on the INVERNESS.
“INVERNESS” AS A YACHT AT EWING STREET MOORAGE. Mark Freeman photo.
“INVERNESS” ON HER WAY TO SE ALASKA. May Freeman photo.
Keith’s letter to me on November 26,2013
Continuing the “Inverness” discussion, I enjoyed reading Scott’s memories of “Inverness” and SE Alaska. Reaching back into ancient history again, “Inverness” was indeed steam powered originally. She is listed in my 1920 “Merchant Vessels of the United States” under “Steam Vessel” as a “St.s” vessel (steam screw). No horsepower is given. Gross tonnage was 35 at that time. Built in 1916 at Winslow.
In my 1936 “Merchant Vessels” she is listed under “Motor Vessels” as a “Ol.s” (oil screw) with a gross tonnage of 47.
Also, I have a catalog of the Almy Water Tube Boiler Works dated 1923, with a list of all vessels receiving Almy boilers. “Inverness” is mentioned, dated 1916, owned by McDonald-Weise Lumber Company. I had a conversation with Charlie McDonald sometime in the mid-‘70s, when I owned the “Inverness”, and he told me that the steam plant was pulled out because “she blew the low-pressure”. I take this to mean that she got a slug of water in the LP and busted the piston or cylinder head.
In 1916 diesel engines were still somewhat experimental. The reliable solid-injection Atlas Imperial and Washington diesel engines were still 5 years in the future. Atlas was beginning to manufacture diesel engines in 1915, but at that time they were “air-blast” engines, which used high pressure air to blow in the fuel. It must have been very high pressure air, to overcome compression; a troublesome system happily replaced with the common rail fuel system in 1921. Nope, steam was still king in 1916.
The increase in gross tonnage after conversion to diesel power was no doubt because of the larger deckhouse and the aft deck raised to the same level as the foc’s’le deck. As a steamer, according to the Coolidge drawings, she had only a small deckhouse and a break in the deck. The aft fuel tank was not there, only the flat tank under the deck in the foc’s’le. With the boiler well forward, and the steam engine not weighing very much, and no aft fuel tank, she probably floated on her lines nicely.
As a diesel tug the guard was submerged at the stern with fuel in the aft tank. Being a Coolidge hull, very fine aft, there isn’t enough buoyancy aft to float the added weight, and she’s drawing about 2 feet more water aft than the original drawings show. Way out of trim, by any ordinary standards, but as Scott mentions a good puller with the wheel so well submerged.
Scott’s letter to me answering my letter and Keith’s.
Hi Uncle Mark, December 11,2013
Thanks for the update. I think what Keith says makes a lot of sense about steam power on her. I guess she was steam once. But if you think about it, The ARLYN NELSON was even older and she was never steam, at least as far as I ever heard dad (Pat Stoppelman ) talk about. How about the METEOR? She was built in 1899 or some such, was she ever steam? Yes for sure the lower guard was well submerged when tanked down. Funny too, I always thought that she was built in 1918. Memory is a funny thing no? I look forward to the blog discussion of it.
Another letter from Scott to me. December 13, 2013
Hi Uncle Mark,
Yes you sure can publish my letters in the blog. Interesting thing I found last night on google. I looked up the NELSON and the first thing up was a story from 1916 wherein there was a legal dispute over a charter of the NELSON to tow fish scows and there was a problem and an illegal impounding of the boat etc. by someone. It all wound up in court. Anyway, the story said the “gas powered vessel ) , so that sort of answers my question about her first power. I just assumed the 90 H.P. Atlas was her first plant but logic would point to a gas engine first.
The NELSON was always my favorite of dad’s boats, probably because I got to spend a little time on there with dad on short trips to Everett and such, little day jobs. And I was old enough to remember some of the things about her. I also think she was the prettiest of his boats.
Some time ago I came across a roll of undeveloped film from my old Kodak box camera, got the film developed and there were some pics on there of an engine I didn’t recognize. They were pics that mom and dad had taken of the Atlas in the NELSON before he repowered her. Imagine the NELSON with a nice D 343 Cat in her.
My letter to Scott and Keith on Dec 14th 2013
Hi Scott, (cc to Keith)
Enclosed is photo of the NELSON when she had her house aft. Your dad rebuilt the 150 H.P. Washington 5 cylinder direct reversible in Grandma Fitz’s garage it was sure a sweet running engine. Pat bought it because it would never run right in some fishboat, so it came for sale. Why don’t you send me copies of those pictures which I will scan into the Stopppelman Tug file and then I will return them to you. If I don’t know the engine Bob Sr. might but I would love to see them. I have at the present time 63 framed 8×10 photos of your dad and family on the walls of my office. I have an article on the METEOR out of a Pacific Motor Boat Magazine but I will have to find it. It is in one of the scrap books.
Thanks Uncle Mark
A letter from Scott to me December 15, 2013
Hi Uncle Mark,
I found the eng pix! Just two but they are pretty good pix considering the age and camera. I am sure dad said it was the Atlas in the NELSON. Also I remember that the Washington had its rings upside down and she gobbled oil like no tomorrow. I will send the pix down with some other oldies but goodies and a few more recent shots of various things. There is a pic in there of all of you standing on the houseboat watching the Princess Margo go by. Some you may already have seen or scanned, not sure.
A letter from Keith and Shannon Sternberg to Scott and I on December 15, 2013.
Hi Mark & Scott:
I find ARLYN NELSON in my 1920 book listed as a fishing vessel with a 80 H.P. gas engine (Ga.s) . She was built in 1914. I have no info on what make of engine it was. My 1936 book lists her as diesel powered. (Ol.s) with 90 H.P. A lot of gas – powered boats were changed to diesel power during the 1920s, with the coming of reliable solid-injection high-compression diesel engines.
METEOR is listed in the 1920 book as being built in 1900 at San Francisco, passenger service, steam-screw, crew of 8, owned in St. Michael, Alaska. No horse power given. In the 1936 book she is re-classed as a oil-screw of 220 H.P.,freight service, crew of 6, owned at Nome. METEOR would be an interesting research project. Having been built in San Francisco, perhaps the SF maritime museum library could pull up some old photos.
That is all the correspondence to date. I will insert a couple of pictures of the ARLYN NELSON and the METEOR laying at our Northlake Boat Sales yard at the Gas Plant. More later.
- “ARLYN NELSON” WITH AN 80 H.P. ATLAS GAS ENGINE. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION FROM PACIFIC MOTOR BOAT MAGAZINE.
- 200 H.P. ATLAS SUCK & BLOW, “INVERNESS” ENGINE. THANKS KEITH.
- TUGS “METEOR” AND “ARLYN NELSON” LAYING AT OUR NORTHLAKE BOAT SALES YARD.
- “METEOR” AT NOME.
We got a chance to get away a couple of times; once to La Conner for lunch at the ‘Calico Cupboard’ and almost froze just walking around, but we did get a photo of the tug DELANCO, which was fun as I’d lost track of where she was. The other time we got away was to go up to Everett for a poor man’s seafood lunch out by the river. Then we drove to Ebey Island looking for old boats; boy, is that interesting. It’s just like stepping into another world – we did not get thrown out of anywhere but like my dad, Doc, related when he was in eastern Oregon in the 1920s and lost; ‘when he came up to this house he could hear the lever w0rked on a 30/30 rifle.’ So, we were cautiously curious. We did find one of our old boats tied up at the Mickey Jones Marina ( ask me about Mickey Jones). She is the OCEAN MAID which dad bought surplus in California and brought up the coast. She was a Navy YF about 130 feet with a pair of 300 H.P. Union diesels – of course direct reversible. I ran her once from our Northlake Yard to the County Dock at the foot of Stoneway. We had salvaged the PACIFIC QUEEN in Tacoma and we had her big freezer tank floating in the water next to her bow. Jim was shifting the CRANE which had a 200 H.P. Washington Estep direct reversible and he was shifting her and she would not back up so she put about a 6 inch dent in this tank the same size as her stem. We put another dent in when we were landing the OCEAN MAID and she would not back up so we had two dents in this steel tank. The only way direct reversibles work is when they are run all the time, then they work pretty good. These, of course, were engine room controlled with a telegraph in the pilot house.
- “DELANCO” IN LA CONNER; I WONDERED WHERE SHE WENT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
“SWINOMISH” A GREAT LOG TOWER. SHE WAS A SURPLUS ST THAT DAVE UPDIKE BROUGHT UP THE COAST FROM CALIFORNIA WHEN SHE WAS NAMED “BRONCO”. DUNLAP BUILT HER INTO A VERY MODERN KORT NOZZLE BOAT WITH A NEW HOUSE AND A BIG CAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
- DUNLAP’S “SNEE-OOSH”. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
AT LA CONNER THE CITY OF SEATTLE’S EX- FIREBOAT “ALKI”. I WONDER WHAT RON IS GOING TO DO TO HER. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- OCEAN MAID AT EBEY ISLAND SLOUGH. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
- SONJA H IS A BOYER BOAT TOWING A DUMP SCOW OUT OF LAKE WASHINGTON DREDGING SITE.MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
- THREE BIG TITAN CLASS OCEAN TUGS IN AT WESTERN TOWBOAT. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
“HENRY FOSS” IN FOR REPAIRS AT THE FOSS SHIPYARD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- TUGS “DIXIE AND GENERAL LEE” GETTING READY TO SHIFT “ALASKA VOYAGER” FROM FOSS TO OLD NOAA BASE NOW A US SEAFOODS BASE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- ALMOST READY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
UNDERWAY “GENERAL LEE” PUSHING HER STERN AROUND. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
ENTERING LAKE UNION . MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
LINING UP FOR THE LANDING VERY HEAVY BOAT. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- “DIXIE” PUSHING HER UP THE DOCK JUST A LITTLE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- “GRACE AND DIXIE ” WITH “PACIFIC WOLF” IN TOW FROM PIER 91; A KIRBY TUG. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
- RICHIE TOOK THIS SHOT OFF THE BOW OF THE “PACIFIC WOLF” OF THE “GRACE” ON THE TOWLINE. RICHIE BORNEMAN PHOTO.
- “GRACE” AT THE SPRING SHIFTING THE “ASSERTIVE” AT U.S. SEAFOODS NEW PIERS WHICH IS THE OLD NOAA DOCKS. A GREAT USE OF THE WATERFRONT PROPERTY AND MORE GOOD JOBS. –ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
- “DIXIE” ON THE OTHER END OF THE “ASSERTIVE”. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
- STERN VIEW OF “ASSERTIVE” WITH OUR TOW IN BACKGROUND. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- “CAPE FLATTERY AND ASSERTIVE” ARE BOTH EX-NAVY BOATS . MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO
- “GREAT PACIFIC” DRYDOCKED AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- “GATOR” HAS A BRAND NEW ALUMINUM HOUSE. TOM IS IN HIS WELDING SUIT AND RICHIE IN HIS WORK SUIT. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- BETTER VIEW OF THE ‘GATOR’. THE KIDS: TOM & ERIK & RICHIE & JOE HAVE WORKED ON HER SINCE LAST FALL AT CSR. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
- MY KNEE X-RAY AND DOCTOR AMANN. HE GETS ALL OF MY RECOMMENDATIONS BECAUSE I WAS BACK TO WORK IN TWO WEEKS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
- OLD BALLARD AND THE CEDAR MILL AND ALL THE LOG RAFTS FOR THE DIFFERENT MILLS.
- SO MANY LOG RAFTS THAT CHANNEL IS JUST WIDE ENOUGH FOR A BOAT TO GET THRU.
BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR MARGIE, ERIK, RICHIE AND AL. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO
- AL AND MARGIE HOLDING CAKE, ERIK AND RICHIE WITH THEIR MOUTHS WATERING. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
More of Capt. Tom Bulson’s photos
- STAR MARINES “GLEN COVE”. SHE WAS BOB SIMMONS “BEAVER”. OTHER NAMES THAT SHE HAD WERE “DEBRA W”, YTM 387, “SEA HORSE” AND “SB IX. TOM BULSON COLLECTION
- WHITE SANDS WAS TOO WIDE FOR THE LOCKS SO PETE WOECK ROLLED HER ONE HER SIDE AND TOWED HER THRU. SHE IS NOW THE MAIN DRYDOCK AT LUDD. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
- HERE IS OUR OLD “SOVEREIGN” IN TACOMA . I THINK SCOTT SCHOCH TOOK THIS PHOTO. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
- THIS RIG SUNK AT CANAL MARINA YEARS AGO. WE TOWED THE FOSS 300 OVER TO SALVAGE HER. TOM BULSON PHOTO.
- SAME BOAT DIFFERENT VIEW
OUR MAN FROM COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, SENDS MANY PHOTOS.
- BOB AT THE BEACH. IN THE BACK GROUND YOU CAN JUST SEE THE “SEA COMMANDER” AND HER BIG DUSTY
“ISLAND SCOUT” BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
- ISLAND SCOUT AND BIG DUSTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
- CHIP SHIP OUT AT SUNSET. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
- “NORTH BEND” HEADED OUT TO DROP THE PILOT ON AN INBOUND SHIP. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
“NORTH BEND’S” JOB IS DONE, SHIP INSIDE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
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My knee is a complete success, I have full use of it and most of the pain is gone. But somehow I ended up back at Virginia Mason Hospital on Tuesday. Monday night I was kinda sick to my stomach and the next morning it wasn’t any better. I went to work - I have to be dead to not want to go to work – but I was still sick to my stomach and really didn’t feel good. About 1130 I told Margie that I wanted to just go home and at that moment she knew something was really wrong. I was talking to her in my office and my head rolled back as well as my eyes. I think that I passed out and the next thing that I knew my office was full of Firefighters asking me funny questions like “Do you have chest pain? How do you feel?, etc.” They took my blood pressure, it was 134/84 which was great for me. They carried me up the stairs and popped me into the ambulance and off I went to Virginia Mason. If you are 79 and pass out they take you directly to the hospital, no questions asked. I got to emergency and the tests started in fact they kept me till the next afternoon giving me tests. Cardiac test, Ultrasound for blood clots and carotid arteries, echo sounding for the heart valves. CT scans of the stomach and intestines, kidneys, liver etc.——-Did they find anything: no!, but they really gave it a good look. I passed all the tests with flying colors that must be my mother’s genes working for me. Maybe slight anemia or dehydration - that we are working on. My regular doctor took one look at me and his mouth dropped open from surprise at how well that I looked just a few days later. Margie thought that I had a virus or some strange infection come by because I was sure sick. In the old days my dad “Doc” had a lot of friends and every so often I would hear at the dinner table that so & so had died and dad said that he had just talked to him and that he had just had a check up and everything looked fine but he up and died two days after the check up. We are not having any of that old time stuff here!
Jon B. Johansen is the new editor for the Tug Bitts Magazine; when Hugh Ware died he volunteered to take over. Tug Bitts is the house organ for the Tugboat Enthusiasts Society and he is based in Winterport, Maine. He wanted to have a Tug meet in conjunction with the Seattle Tugboat races. In 1995 they stopped here in Seattle first and then went to the Olympia races. At that time Chuck Fowler, with help from Robin & Kae Paterson of the RTA , myself and others made the whole thing work and every one had a good time. We became fast friends with Hugh and Joan Ware and stayed in touch over the years, we even got to visit them at their home at Manchester by the Sea in Massachusetts. Boy, did we surprise them. They never expected to see us on the right coast. Jon is also the publisher of the Maine Coastal News and he is involved in a lot of other marine projects. Chuck has made contact with the Northwest Seaport, Otto and Nate, to see if they wanted to handle the details, it might just fit in with the ARTHUR FOSS and her 125th year celebration. Chuck, Kae and I could be senior advisors? I will let you know what happens but you know as much as I do now.
A little more info on the INVERNESS that my brother-in-law, Pat Stoppelman, owned. He made a deal with George Baggin and sold him the KIOWA (ex-FOSS NO. 19) and took the INVERNESS in trade. Pat & Merry and the 3 kids then went to Alaska and towed with the INVERNESS in SE Alaska for a couple of years. I received two emails about her one from Pat’s son, Scott, and the other from my old time friend Keith Sternberg.
"INVERNESS" MOVING AN A-FRAME. PHOTO FROM TONGASS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Keith e-mails me this story and I quote.
It’s been a while since I’ve read your blog; too much to do! Yesterday I was immersed in it for a long time; very interesting indeed! There is much I could comment on, but for now just a bit about the “Inverness”. The photo and caption from the Tongass Historical Society does not agree with what I was told by Ed Anderson, about 40 years ago. Ed worked for Atlas Engine Co. at Fishermen’s Terminal, you will recall. He told me that he installed the Atlas in 1927, a “suck & blow” 200, and that in 1940 she threw a rod and broke the bedplate and centerframe, and bent the crank. At that time the 200 hp engine made by Atlas had the flywheel aft, instead of forward, and a new engine would not fit into the hull with the added bulge of the flywheel.
“Inverness” is a Coolidge design, with his usual long and fine run aft. But Atlas still had the patterns to cast the old-style bedplate and centerframe, and they did. The amazing thing about all this (and kinda hard to believe) is that Charlie McDonald didn’t want to lift off the deckhouse to lift out the engine, and the old parts were hauled out the foc’sle hatchway, and the new parts lowered in the same way. The engine was, thus, assembled in the boat. Could be; when I owned the “Inverness” I changed the main bearings, and had a hard time with them.
I had the old bearing re-babbitted and bored to size, but found that the bedplate was crooked, all humped up and down. Dan Grinstead and I scraped and scraped those bearings; babbitt shavings everywhere. At the time we were too young and ignorant to loosen the column bolts and let her flatten out.
Fifteen years later I remembered the “Inverness” when I and my crew bolted down the cylinders in the “Thea Foss”. We took strain gauge readings of the crankshaft at the same time, so we could tell when to stop when setting up those column bolts. I’m not sure why over-tightening the column bolts tweaks the bedplate out of shape but it does. The original drawings of “Inverness” show her looking quite different in her steam days, and very handsome. I’ve never seen a photo of the boat as a steamer. Mr. Coolidge designed the boat and the engine for her, an unusual compound of 7 & 20 by 14 with valves on the side and Marshall valve gear. I have the drawings for it. How many naval architects today could do that? The boiler was an Almy watertube. Regards, Keith Sternberg
My nephew, Scott Stoppelman, sent in this info.
Hi Uncle Mark,
Yeah that is interesting all right. Howard (Scott’s brother) and I spent lots of time down there “oiling up” as we were told. Keith has forgotten more about these engines than I will ever know. I do seem to remember the forward flywheel had belts coming off it. I did not know she ever was steam, though I doubt she ever actually was, may have been envisioned so, but being built in 1918, it seems a little late for it. She was a hell of a puller for 200 H.P. The Shrewsburys’ and dad were always arguing which boat pulled harder the INVERNESS or the BEE with her 240 H.P. Cat. Dad was pretty sure that back to back the INVERNESS would pull the BEE easily. Even me and Bobby S argued about it.
I remember at night towing camp floats around SE with her. Standing on the stern looking into the water, if there was enough phosphorus in the water it looked like a giant flash light was shining a beam of light out from behind the boat. It was amazing ! She had so little wheel wash because she was so deep. Just thinking about it I can almost smell the kelp, salt and trees on the beaches we were often quite close to shore up there. Brings back lots of memories, mostly good. We were on our way back to Sitka one afternoon when a storm was brewing, the wind came up quickly and fierce. Howard got the anemometer out and for the next hour or so we watched it go from 50-60 to nearly 100 knots in gusts. It created enough air vacuum so as to blow the locked doors off the forward scuttle and send them sailing into the sea. We were inside so not too rough, just a howling blow. Really rattled the windows that day! A long time ago….. Thanks Scott.
"INVERNESS" AND MERRY, PAT AND FAMILY LEAVING FOR ALASKA 1968 MAY FREEMAN PHOTO.
"INVERNESS" LEAVING LOCKS WITH BARGE ZB 103 A. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Jay Niederhauser sent in this photo of the ”SUSAN H” on the pick in Cornet Bay just inside the Pass. Thanks Jay.
"SUSAN H" PHOTO BY JAY NIEDERHAUSER.
"PINTAIL" - GORGEOUS WORK! PETE WHITTIER BUILT HER UP. HERE SHE IS OUT OF WATER AT CSR IN BALLARD JUST RECENTLY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
I TOOK THIS PHOTO OFF THE "JERKMORE" IN THE EARLY 1950's. I CAN'T REMEMBER IF IT WAS THE "RFM" OR THE "MASTER". THE CANADIAN TUGS TOWED LOGS AND COAL THRU THE LOCKS ALL THE TIME. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
JOHN OLSON SENT ME THIS PHOTO OF THE "WALLACE FOSS" IN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND. JOHN AND I THINK SHE HAS A D-13000 CAT - THAT'S THE LAST ENGINE I HEARD THAT SHE HAD THEY ARE ABOUT 115 HP AND SHE WOULD HAVE A 2:1 OR 3:1 GEAR.
CHUCK FOWLER, OUR MAN IN OLYMPIA, SENT IN 3 PHOTOS OF THE "DUNLIN". SHE IS WELL TAKEN CARE OF AND THE ATLAS IS GOING TO GET WORKED ON THIS WINTER. THANKS CHUCK.
"DUNLIN" DURING WW II IN THE COAST GUARD RESERVE, LOOKS LIKE THE "ENITAI" OR THE "WILLIPA" IN THE BACKGROUND.
THE ATLAS IMPERIAL DIESEL IN THE "DUNLIN".
Our man in North Vancouver, BC, Ron Burchett, sent us photos of the new TITAN Class tug HAWAII which now belongs to Tom Crowley. I wonder if they will ever use the buff paint on the lower house. I miss it.
"HAWAII" ON A CALM DAY IN THE OCEAN OR THE GULF?
"HAWAII" AND TOW LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE REEL.
"HAWAII" LETTING GO AFTER MOORING ITS TOW. TOM SHOULD BE HAPPY NOW WITH ANOTHER NEW CLASS OF TUG.
CAPT. TOM AND RICHIE WENT TO TACOMA WITH THE “DIXIE” AND TOWED BACK THE HOUSE BARGE THEY HAD TAKEN TO TACOMA LAST YEAR. ALSO, I FOUND A PHOTO OF THE SAME HOUSE BARGE IN 1997 WHEN WE WERE SHIFTING IT WITH OUR BOAT U.S. TUG “ESCORT” IN LAKE UNION.
GETTING READY TO LAUNCH ON THE TACOMA TIDE FLATS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SUPER UNLOADER - JUST DRIVE HER OUT ON THE FLATS UNTIL SHE FLOATS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" IN DEEP WATER GETTING UNDERWAY WITH HOUSE BARGE. CAPT. ERIK CAME BY CAR AND RICHIE BROUGHT IN THE "HALF TRACK" SO THAT HE COULD TOW THE HOUSE BARGE OUT INTO DEEP WATER SO AS NOT TO TAKE A CHANCE OF HITTING BOTTOM WITH "DIXIE'S" PROP. A 58 INCH 4-BLADE STAINLESS PROP IS EXPENSIVE TO FIX. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE " AND TOW APPROACHING SHILSHOLE. CAPT. TOM ALWAYS USES WEST PASS COMING NORTH BECAUSE THE CURRENT CIRCLES VASHON ISLAND CLOCKWISE AND USUALLY YOU DON'T RUN INTO BIG SHIP SWELLS FOR AT LEAST PART OF THE TRIP.
CAPT. ERIK MEETS THE TOW WITH THE "JEEP" AND ACTS AS TAIL BOAT THRU THE LOCKS AND THEN TOWS IT INTO THE MARINA WHERE IT IS TOO SHALLOW FOR THE "DIXIE" WHICH DRAWS ALMOST 8 FEET. NICE AND EASY WITH HOUSE BARGES. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
HERE IS OUR 20 KNOT RESCUE TUG "ESCORT" TOWING THE SAME HOUSE BARGE IN 1997. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SEA & SHORE CONSTRUCTION'S TUG "PETER H" PUSHING ONE OF RICHARD'S SPUD BARGES. RICHARD CUT ABOUT 10 FEET OFF THE "PETER H" TO GET HER UNDER 26 FEET. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
HERE IS WHAT THE "GATOR" LOOKS LIKE NOW WITH A NEW ALUMINUM HOUSE GOING ON. MY FRIEND BILL GARDEN DESIGNED HER FOR BILL GILBERT AND CENTRAL SHEETMETAL BUILT HER. SHE HAD A 6-71 ON A 3:1 GEAR AND SWUNG A 40 INCH WHEEL. MAYBE SOMEONE WILL MAKE US A REAL GOOD DEAL ON A TEST ENGINE? MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. TOM, WELDER, AND CAPT. ERIK, FIRE WATCH. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
NOTHING LIKE A NEW COAT OF PAINT MARGIE AND RICHIE AND THE "GATOR". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING KIRBY TUG "NIOLO" JUST CLEARING THE FREMONT SPAN. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO..
RICHIE MAKING SURE WE ARE CLEARING EVERYTHING. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING KIRBY TUG "ALTAIR" JUST PASSING THE AURORA BRIDGE TO NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD . MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
NEW NAME BOARD FOR THE FRONT OF OUR HOUSEBOAT. WE HELPED SALVAGE THE "CHALLENGE" WHEN SHE SUNK AND TOM AND ERIK SAVED PART OF THE STERN BULWARK. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
HALOWEEN HERE IS CAPT. ERIK; HIS DAUGHTER MARINA MAY, AND MARGIE. MARINA IS A FLUTTERBY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GENERAL LEE" WITH ANOTHER BRAND NEW FLOATING HOME IN THE SHIP CANAL. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. TOM TAILING THE NEW HOME THRU THE FREMONT BRIDGE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
WE WERE SURE HAVING FUN TALKING MARK & MARGIE, KAE PATERSON AND CHUCK FOWLER.
TWO OLD CODGERS MARK AND CHUCK CELEBRATING VETERANS DAY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
FLOATING HOMES ARE REALLY FANCY THESE DAYS BUT THEY STILL TOW HARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" WITH KIRBY TUG "PACIFIC FREEDOM". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
ALASKA STATE FERRY "FAIRWEATHER"GOING INTO FOSS SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE " SHIFTING "ICY BAY". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING NAVY BARGES AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
WESTERN SHIFTING NEW FERRY "KENNEWICK" INTO LUDD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" ASSISTING "ARICA" INTO POSITION AT FOSS SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" JUGGLING IN FRONT OF "SAHARA". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "GREAT PACIFIC" FROM ALASKA BOAT TO NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"FOSS 300" LOWERING BRODERSON CRANE ONTO DECK OF ALASKA FERRY. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SUNRISE IN BALLARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
Our man and wife team in Coos Bay, Bob & Ginna Richardson, send more pictures from that hilly country. Bob has a new computer and is learning how to run it very well.
BOB'S WIFE, GINNA, WITH THE ALWAYS FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL COAST GUARD FELLOWS. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
CANADIAN TUG "SEA COMMANDER". SHE TOWS A HUGE 400' CHIPPER IN OUT OF COOS BAY. SHE WAS A U.S. ARMY LT STEAM TUG DURING WWII, NOW SHE HAS 4 CATS. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"MARY CATHERINE", A SAUSE BROTHERS TUG ENROUTE TO HAWAII. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO
"MARY CATHERINE" AND TOW. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"MARY CATHERINE" GOING BY BOB'S FRONT DOOR ON THE WAY TO HAWAII. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
DUNLAP'S "SUIATTLE" WITH A CHIP BARGE IN TOW JUST COMING UP ON BOB'S HOUSE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
GEORGE WALES ON THE PILOT LADDER. ONE MISSED STEP AND YOU ARE IN TROUBLE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"HEIDI BRUSCO" WITH FOSS CHIP BARGE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"NORTH BEND" WITH CAPT. GUS AND BIG MIKE WAITING FOR THE CANADIANS AND THE "GEORGE W". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENDS ON MANY GREAT TUGBOAT PHOTOS. HE HAS AN AMAZING COLLECTION. THANKS STAN - LOVE YOUR BLACK & WHITES.
4-11-1985 THE "GRACE FOSS" IN EVERETT BECAME OUR "GRACE" AND HER SKIFF BECAME THE "AMAZING". STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
6-2-1983 A COUPLE OF ALLMAN HUBBLE TUGS IN HOQUIAM. THE "MACDONALD" WAS FIXED UP OUT OF THE "KNICK WIND" TO TOW THE BARGES TO THE ATOMIC SITE THAT NEVER HAPPENED. THE OTHER BOAT WAS THE "A.G.HUBBLE". STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
THE "F. E. LOVEJOY" WAS A PUGET SOUND FREIGHT LINES BOAT. SHE BECAME THE "PACIFIC PRODUCER". STAN DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE PHOTO AS HE BOUGHT THE SLIDE OFF THE INTERNET. THANKS STAN.
CANADIAN TUG "G. D. HEMINGSTON" WAS A LOG TOWER FOR JONES OUT OF CHEMAINUS, BC. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
6-28-1989 "HARKEN NO. 5" AT NEW WESTMINSTER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
6-1-1989 "INGENIKA" AT NEW WESTMINSTER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
6-28-1989 "KEN MACKENZIE" AT NEW WESTMINSTER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
6-28-1989 "JERVIS CROWN" AT NEW WESTMINSTER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
9-16-1983 "ROVER" AT ANACORTES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
7=1=1989 "SANDRA FOSS AND PRINCESS MARGUERITE" OFF TOWNSEND. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
6-28-1989 "SEASPAN TEMPEST" OFF NEW WESTMINSTER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
6-28-1989 "WESTBRIDGE ONE" OFF NEW WESTMINSTER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
5-4-1989 CANNERY TENDER "WESTWARD" AT SEATTLE. AT ONE TIME, SHE WAS OWNED BY SNAPPER CARSON OF KETCHIKAN, AS WELL AS EMERY AUSTIN. A NEAT BOAT. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
We have added another to our Man in Havanna list! Captain Tom Bulson is Captain Erik’s partner in the Fremont Tugboat Company. He just gave me over 500 photos which I have entered in the hard drive and I will share them with you one photo at a time. We will call Tom ’Our Man on Dixie’ – unless you can come up with a better name. Here are five photos from his collection.
AN AD FEATURING THE "GRACE FOSS" AND HER 6-71. RUSS GROSS RAN HER FOR YEARS, SHE WAS THE HARBOR BOAT FOR FOSS LAUNCH & TUG IN THE SHIP CANAL. TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
HERE IS THE "HUMACONA" WITH A DREDGE IN TOW. SHE WAS A WWI SHIPPING BOARD TUG AND WAS OWNED BY CARY DAVIS; MERRILL & RING AS WELL AS PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE. TOM BULSON COLLECTION
THE "GOLIAH" WAS A PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE BOAT. SHE HAD A 650 HP MACINTOSH AND SEYMOUR DIESEL. SHE AND THE "ACTIVE" WERE COMPETITION FOR THE "ARTHUR FOSS". IN THE BACK GROUND IS EITHER THE "SAN MATEO" OR THE "SHASTA". TOM BULSON COLLECTION.
CREW? THE NAME ON THE TUG IS "ANDREW FOSS". TOM BULSON COLLECTION
A BEER SOUNDS GOOD. TOM BULSON COLLECTION
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OUR LOGO THANKS TO BILL GARDEN & JOHNNY ADAMS.
AS YOU PROBABLY GUESSED, WE DID NOT QUITE GET A SEPTEMBER BLOG PUBLISHED BUT I HAD A GOOD EXCUSE, I GOT A NEW RIGHT KNEE! I BROKE MY RIGHT KNNE CAP VERTICALLY
IN THREE PLACES WHEN MY GO-AHEAD CAUGHT ON ONE OF THE PLANKS ON THE LADYSMITH DOCK ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO. I WAITED THIS LONG WAITING FOR THE TECHNOLOGY TO
CHANGE. I DID NOT WANT THE FULL ANATHESIOLOGY BECAUSE YEARS AGO MY MOTHER CUT HER EYE IN HALF AND AFTER THE 4 HOUR OPERATION SHE CAME OUT NEEDING 24
CARE. NOW THEY GIVE YOU A SPINAL BLOCK AND IT WORKS JUST GREAT. MY FRIEND RON ERNST HAD BOTH KNEES DONE AND HE GOT ME BACK ON TRACK. NO WAY AM I TOUGH
ENOUGH TO DO BOTH KNEES AT ONCE AS HE DID, WOW.
THE FIRST WEEK OUT TOF THE HOSPITAL WAS NOT TO BE REMEMBERED BUT BY THE END OF THE SECOND WEEK I WAS BACK IN THE OFFICE AND HERE IT IS THE 7TH WEEK (NOT THAT I KEEP TRACK OF IT) AND I DON”T USE THE CANE OR WALKER IN THE OFFICE. GROUP HEALTH DID THE OPERATION DR AMANN, FAT VIRGINIA MASON AND THEY BOTH DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A KNEE DONE, COME BY AND SEE ME AS I AM NOW THE CURRENT EXPERT ON KNEES.
MARK PRACTICING ON A GROUP HEALTH BIKE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
IT HAS BEEN A HARD TWO MONTHS ON RETIRED TUGS. FIRST THE “IVER” WENT DOWN AND THEN THE “CHICKAMAUGA”. THE “IVER” WAS MOORED TO THE SAME PIER WHERE
THE “SALLY S” LAYS ON COMMODORE WAY DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM BALLARD. SHE STARTED HER LIFE AS THE “ANGELES” WAS SOLD TO FOSS AND BECAME THE
“IVER FOSS”. SHE WAS NAMED “MARILYN” WHEN BOB WATERMAN HAD HER AND WHEN GARY DUFF BOUGHT HER IT WAS SPELLED WITH AN E, “MERILYN”, FOR HIS WIFE.
SHE WAS RENAMED “ANGELES” AND FINALLY “IVER”. SHE IS 72 FEET LONG AND WAS BUILT IN 1925. WE TOWED THE STEAM CRANE “FOSS 300″ TO THE SINKING AND WHEN SHE WAS RAISED WE TOWED THE “FOSS 300″ AND THE “IVER” IN THE SLINGS OVER TO FISHING VESSEL OWNERS MARINE WAYS. LUCKY THAT THERE WAS ONE DRYDOCK THAT WAS JUST IN BETWEEN BOATS. WHEN GARY DUFF OWNED HER, ERIK WORKED FOR HIM DECKING ON HER AND HE EVEN GOT TO RUN THE 400 H.P. ENTERPRISE DIRECT REVERSIBLE AND THAT WAS A REAL THRILL FOR ERIK. SHE WOULD GO FROM AHEAD TO ASTERN AS FAST AS A CLUTCH WOULD SHIFT. WHAT A GREAT ENGINE! I NEVER COULD CATCH HER IN ANY OF THE TUGBOAT RACES. THERE WAS A FAMOUS PICTURE THAT MEL FREEDEN TOOK OF HER AND THE “BLUEBERRY ” IN AN OLYMPIA RACE. BOTH WERE HUNG UP ON THEIR TIRES AND ALL LISTED OVER. IT SEEMS THAT PETE HAD THE “BLUEBERRY” HARD RIGHT WHEN THE WHISTLE WENT OFF AND HE GOT HUNG UP ON THE “MERILYN” WHO HAD HERS HARD LEFT. GARY HAD ART ZIMMERMAN WITH A 3 FOOT PIPE WRENCH ON THE GOVERNOR AND HE COULD NOT GET ART”S ATTENTION TO SHUT HER DOWN. SO, IT TOOK A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO GET THEM UNTANGLED BUT IT MADE FOR A GREAT PHOTO. JULI IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR ALL THE COSTS E- MAIL YOUR DONATION TO: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/h063/save-tug-iver her friend on the “SALLY S”, KELLY GOAD, SET IT UP.
"IVER FOSS". MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
"DIXIE" WITH "FOSS 300" AT WRECK SITE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"IVER" SUNK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"IVER" AWASH; BEAUTIFUL LINES. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
ALL PUMPS RUNNING. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"IVER" UP AND HANGING IN THE SLINGS BUT STILL LEAKING. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"IVER" ON DOCK AT FISHING VESSEL OWNERS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"IVER'S" STERN YOU CAN SEE WHY THE OLD BOATS PULLED SO WELL AND MOVED THRU THE WATER SO EASY. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CREW AT FVO PUTTING IN PLANKS ON "IVER". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TIM CUMMINS MASTER CAULKER AT FVO WORKING ON "IVER". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
1985 IN OLYMPIA THIS WAS OUR COMMON VIEW OF THE "MERILYN" ALL YOU EVER SAW WAS THE STERN. MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
OUR MAN ON BAINBRIDGE, BEN SIAS, SENDS ON PICTURES AND INFORMATION ON THE OLD TUG “CHICKAMAUGA”. SHE SUNK IN A SLIP AT EAGLE
HARBOR MARINA. GLOBAL DIVING IS IN CHARGE OF GETTING HER UP AND BOOMING THE OIL SPILL. LAST WORD THAT I HAD FROM BEN WAS THAT
SHE HAD ROLLED ON HER SIDE AND THEY WERE GOING TO CRANE HER ON TO A BARGE AND THAT WILL PROBABLY BE THE END OF HER. SHE WAS
THE FIRST FULL DIESEL TUG BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE SHOWED THE WAY TO THE FUTURE – NO LONGER WOULD YOU HAVE TO KEEP STEAM
UP WHEN YOU WERE WAITING FOR THE WEATHER TO BREAK WITH YOUR LOG TOW. SHE REALLY CHANGED THE WORLD. HER FIRST ENGINE WAS A 240 H.P. NELSECO.
JIM CARY OF CARY DAVIS TOLD ME THAT THEY OVERHAULED HER ENGINE AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF VERY SUCESSFUL OPERATIONS. BUT THEY DID NOT CHANGE SOME
BOLTS INSIDE THE ENGINE AND, YES, YOU GUESSED IT – SHE FLEW TO PIECES. AFTER HER FIRE FOSS (PACIFIC TOWBOAT) PUT A NEW DECK HOUSE ON HER AND A 500 H.P.
CAT DIESEL AND A NEW NAME THE “SEA CHICKEN”. WHEN SHE SANK SHE HAD A JIMMY TWIN SET WHICH IS TWO 6-71 GMs ON A COMBINER GEAR. ERIK REMINDED ME
THAT SHE WAS ONE WE COULD NEVER CATCH EITHER. BEN SENT IN MORE PHOTOS AND INFO. MANSON RAISED HER AND SHE IS FLOATING IN HER SLIP BUT SHE PROBABLY’
WON”T STAY THERE. RUMOR HAS IT SHE WILL END UP IN TOWNSEND ON THE HARD.
"CHICKAMAUGA" IN EARLY DAYS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO COLLECTION.
"CHICKAMAUGA" COMING UP THE SHIP CANAL JUST BEFORE THE FREMONT BRIDGE. PHOTO TAKEN AFTER MAY 1, 1929 BECAUSE OF WHITE BAND ON STACK. THAT IS WHEN TOM CROWLEY FORMED PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE OUT OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT COMPANIES. HAS TO BE A JOE WILLIAMSON PHOTO. I GOT IT FROM JIM CARY.
"CHICKAMAUGA" AS "SEA CHICKEN". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO COLLECTION.
"CHICKAMAUGA" ERIK'S LAST PHOTO OF HER.
"CHICKAMAUGA" SUNK. BEN SIAS PHOTO.
"CHICKAMAUGA" SUNK. BEN SIAS PHOTO
BIG MANSON CRANE HAS HER FLOATING. BEN SIAS PHOTO.
"CHICKAMAUGA " AFLOAT BUT DAMAGED. BEN SIAS PHOTO
"CHICKAMAUGA" AFLOAT FOR NOW. BEN SIAS PHOTO.
SKIP OWNER/CAPTAIN OF THE MIKI TUG “GALENE” WON THE SEATTLE TUGBOAT RACES AS WELL AS TAKING FIRST PLACE IN THE OLYMPIA RACES ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
LARGE TUGS: FIRST, GALENE 10.23; SECOND, DANIELLE 10.29. MEDIUM SIZE TUGS: FIRST, PORT SUSAN 10,38; SECOND, PARTHIA 11.08, THIRD, RELIABLE 11.39; FOURTH, THEA BELLE 15.42. SMALL TUGS: FIRST, MARY ANNE 11.13; SECOND, SANDMAN 11.47; THIRD, JOE 13.04; FOURTH, ATKA 13.04.
SKIP SUTTMEIER OF THE "GALENE". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO COLLECTION.
"GALENE" BACKING INTO HER MOORAGE ON LAKE UNION. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GRACE" PUTTING "COMANCHE" INTO STABBERT DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING KIRBY TUG "BISMARCK SEA" . ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "BARANOF" INTO FISHERMEN'S TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "BERING SEA" AT COASTAL VILLAGES. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GENERAL LEE" SHIFTING NEW HOUSEBOAT TO WARDS COVE MOORAGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARK & MARGIE OUT TAKING PICTURES FOR THE BLOG IN THE "ON-TIME. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "NORTH SEA" TO COASTAL VILLAGES DOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "AKUTAN " AT OLD WESTERN PIONEER DOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"WESTERN NAVIGATOR" A SHREWSBURY TUG. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "GREAT PACIFIC" FROM ALASKA BOAT TO FOSS SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
DUNLAP'S "SWINOMISH" USED TO BE IN THE LAKE ALL THE TIME WHEN THEY WERE DUMPING LOGS IN LAKE WASHINGTON. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
NEW HOUSEBOAT FOUNDATION BEING LAUNCHED AT THE FOSS TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "GREEN HOPE" INTO DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MANSON'S "HARRY M" IS A FREQUENT VISITOR SINCE THE BRIDGE PROJECT STARTED. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BRAVEHEART (INDY) AT HIS BEST. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
KEITH SCHERMERHORN AND MARGIE IN BELLINGHAM AT THE MARINE MUSEUM. THEY HAVE A LOT OF KEITH'S MODELS ON DISPLAY AS WELL AS SEVERAL OTHER INTERESTING BOATS LIKE THE PBR FROM THE VIETNAM WAR. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"SALLY S" CLASSIC CANNERY TENDER WITH A D-343 CAT FOR POWER. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"LADY WASHINGTON" LYING AT THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "MYSTERY BAY" INTO NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR MAN IN ANACORTES RANDY FLODQUIST FORWARDS THESE PHOTOS OF THE “SUSAN H”
"SUSAN H" IN THE FOG. RANDY FLODQUIST PHOTO.
"SUSAN H" OUT ON THE HARD. RANDY FLODQUIST PHOTO.
OUR MAN IN BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, BEN SIAS, SENDS IN THESE PHOTOS PLUS BEN SENT IN THE PICTURES OF THE ”CHICKAMAUGA .
"P&T PIONEER"IN PORT MADISON. BEN SIAS PHOTO. JAY NIEDERHAUSER ALSO SENT ME THIS PHOTO.
"MOLUSK" OUR OLD "SOVEREIGN" AND HIS PILEDRIVER AND NEW GANGWAYS IN EAGLE HARBOR. BEN SIAS PHOTO.
OUR LADY ON COMMODORE WAY, JULI TALLINO, SENDS THESE PHOTOS.
"WESTWARD" OUT ON THE HARD AT TOWNSEND. MY DAD BOUGHT HER SURPLUS AFTER THE WAR AND RAY STICKLER RAN HER HOME FOR US. JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
"WESTERN FLYER". JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
NEW OWNER TONY HAVING A BOAT RIDE ON THE "FATHOM". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GENERAL LEE" TOWING A COUGAR FOOTBALL HELMET. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, SENDS MANY PHOTOS .
FEB.14 1941 TUG LOOKS LIKE THE "PORT OF BANDON"? BOB SENT THIS IN.
DUNLAP'S "SUIATTLE" HEADED NORTH WITH A CHIP BARGE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"GENERAL JACKSON". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"GENERAL JACKSON" AND PILOT BOAT. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
LOG SHIP ENTERING COOS BAY.BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO
"OREGON ESCORT" HEADED FOR ASTORIA FOR A NEW JOB. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"ROUGHNECK" ON WAY TO PERU. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO
"SEA COMMANDER" WITH NEW PAINT JOB. 149 FT (EX-LT) 3,060 H.P. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"SEA COMMANDER " AND HER 395 FOOT CHIPPER. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
GEORGE WALES PILOT ON CHIP BARGE JOB. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
NEW "RUSTLER" ABOUT 1953 RAY BEAUDRY IS ON BOARD. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"REBEL" TAKING OFF CREW OF MIKI "ELIZABETH OLSON". BOB RICHRDSON SENT THIS PHOTO.
OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENDS ON MORE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS FROM THE PAST.
LOG TUG "RUTH" IN THE LOCKS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
MY DAD "DOC" BOUGHT THE "RUTH" IN 1943 AND REBUILT HER AND REPOWERED HER WITH A 141 H.P. CHRYSLER. HE SOLD HER AND THE NEW OWNER LOST HER ON A SURF LINE AT GOOD NEWS BAY. MARINE DIGEST AD FROM MARK FREEMAN COLLECTION.
ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE "RUTH" TYPICAL SMALL LOG BOAT SHE WAS OWNED BY PACIFIC FIR.
STEAM TUG "TILLICUM" TOWING RAFT OF LOGS IN RIVER JUST GOING BY MARYSVILLE CIRCA 1902. SENT IN BY STAN WILLHIGHT.
GILKEY BROTHERS TUG "SOUND" IN THE LOCKS AFTER SHE GOT HER DIESEL. SHE BECAME THE "CARL FOSS". PHOTO SENT IN BY STAN WILLHIGHT.
"ANNE W" IN THE LOCKS BRINGING BACK TWO GRAVEL BARGES FROM THE PIT. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
"ANNE W" LEAVING THE LOCKS SHE HAD A 275 HP SUCK AND BLOW ATLAS. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE "ADVENTURESS" MUST HAVE BEEN DURING WW II AS THERE IS A CGR NUMBER ON THE BOW. MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM.
1968 SEAFAIR PIRATES BURNING 2 BOATS THE TUG 'PHILLIP KELLY' AND A SURPLUS EX NAVY MINESWEEPER. SEATTLE TIMES ARCHIVE..
"PATRON" (EX-"FEARLESS"; EX-" RUBY II") ATTENDED THE WORK BOAT SHOW IN SOUTH LAKE UNION. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MORE GOSSIP: CAPT. JAY NIEDERHAUSER, JUST RETIRED FROM THE PUGET SOUND PILOTS, IS NOW CAPTAIN FOR BRUSCO, RUNNING TWO OF THEIR EVERETT
TUGS: THE “ELLIS BRUSCO” AND THE “MARY ROSE BRUSCO”. JAY STARTED HIS CAREER AS DECK HAND ON THE “P&T PIONEER” – POPE & TALBOTS’ LOG TUG. ASK HIM ABOUT TOWING LOGS!!
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SENT IN PICTURES AND FACTS SO THAT I CAN SHARE ALL THIS INFORMATION
ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. ANYTHING THAT YOU SEND ME I CAN SCAN AND SEND IT BACK TO YOU GOOD AS NEW.
1. OLD CARY DAVIS & PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE PHOTOS AND ADVERTISEMENTS.
2. OLD CANNERY TENDER PHOTOS.
3. LOG TOWING PHOTOS.
4.CHERYL ANN MODELS, BOXED OR BUILT.
5. WE BUY OLD TUG PHOTOS OR COLLECTIONS OR SNAPSHOTS.
6. I AM LOOKING FOR PICTURES AND INFO ON TWO OLD WOOD CROWLEY TUGS THAT WORKED OUT OF LONG BEACH
THEY ARE THE “CHALLENGER” & THE “CONTENDER”. THEY WERE STRIPPED AND SUNK FOR A FISHING REEF.
7, OLD MARINE DIGEST MAGAZINES 1946 AND BACK - ANY CONDITION.
8. INFORMATION ON TUG “STANDARD NO.3″ - DOUG PATERSON IS LOOKING FOR IT.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPS MARGIE AND I PUBLISH THIS NEWSLETTER IT SURE IS FUN TO DO IT AND WILL REALLY BE FUN WHEN I GET MY STEAM BACK.
MARK AND MARGIE FREEMAN, CAPTAINS ERIK & TOM, AL, MISS BLUE, RICHIE, THE MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM. TATOOSH TOWING AND SALVAGE, FREMONT BOAT COMPANY AND FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY AND THE THREE CATS BRAVEHEART ( INDY ), RAZ AND BATMAN.
OUR LOGO THANKS TO BILL GARDEN & JOHHNY ADAMS.
HERE ARE PHOTOS THAT MARGIE AND I TOOK AT THE TUG MEET IN THE MORNING.
BIG STEAM TUG WITH ONE AHEAD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"CENTURION" CROWLEY 9000 INVADER CLASS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
TOM STEVENS AND HIS TUG TEEPEE CREEPER. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
JUDGE-CAPTAIN RUSSELL SHREWSBURY OF WESTERN TOWBOAT AND CAPT. MARK OF FREMONT TUG. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
RANDY & LINDA FLODQUIST. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
NEAT PUSH BOAT. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. MARK AND RAY MALONE OVER FROM ENGLAND. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
A RAY MALONE TUG THE "GALE WIND". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
BOW ON SHOT OF THE "GALE WIND". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
A GARY KING MODEL OF THE "TIGER SUN". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
WESTERN'S TITAN CLASS TUG LANDING THE "LARGE TROUBLE". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
MORE MODEL TUGS THE "JACKIE B"& THE "ALAN B" ARE RON BURCHETT'S. THE "IRON HORSE BELONGS TO RAY MALONE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
IT’S BEEN A BUSY AND VERY INTERESTING MONTH . PROBABLY THE MOST EXCITING OCCURRENCE WAS THE UNGROUNDING OF THE 140 FOOT TUG
THE “COMANCHE”. IT ALL STARTED WHEN CAPT. TOM AND CAPT. ERIK WERE WORKING OVER ON COMMODORE WAY PULLING A HOUSEBOAT OFF THE MUD. IT IS REALLY SHALLOW
WHERE THEY TIED IT UP LAST JANUARY AFTER TOWING THE CONCRETE HULL UP FROM DELTA ON THE DUWAMISH RIVER. THE OWNERS HAD
THEIR BUILDER CONSTRUCTING THE HOUSE ON IT AND AS THE LAKE WENT DOWN THEY FOUND THAT THEY COULD NOT MOVE IT.
SO THE KIDS TAKE THE “GRACE” & THE “HALFTRACK” TO SEE IF THEY COULD GET HER INTO DEEP WATER. THE “GRACE” DRAWS 7 FEET AND HAS A 60″, 5-BLADE
PROPELLER SO THE “HALFTRACK” RUNS HER TOWLINE INTO THE HOUSEBOAT. THE “GRACE” COMES UP TO ABOUT HALF AND OFF SHE COMES, GOT LUCKY BECAUSE
THE HOUSEBOAT WAS 6 INCHES OUT OF WATER AND IF IT HAD BEEN HARDPAN IT WOULD NEVER HAVE COME OFF. WHILE THERE, RORY FROM STABBERT YACHT & SHIP
CALLS AND SAYS ‘ERIK, ONE OF OUR DRYDOCK CUSTOMERS WAS COMING IN FROM OUTSIDE THE LOCKS AND HE RAN AGROUND AND WHAT
ARE YOU DOING? AND, CAN YOU GET OUT THERE AND HELP HIM?’ ERIK TOLD HIM THAT THEY WERE JUST FINISHING UP THIS OTHER JOB AND WOULD
GET RIGHT OUT THERE. THEY EXIT THE LOCKS AND ERIK RUNS OUT THERE AT 20 KNOTS AND SIZES UP THE CASUALTY. IT IS THE 140 FOOT “COMANCHE”,
AN EX -U.S.NAVY TUG AND WAS ALSO A COAST GUARD CUTTER AT ONE POINT. SHE IS AGROUND ON THE BIG SHOAL THAT MARKS THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE
ENTRANCE CHANNEL INTO THE LOCKS. IT SEEMS LIKE HE WAS COMING IN FROM THE SOUTH, PASSED WEST POINT AND WAS HEADED FOR THE CHANNEL
WHEN THE FOG SHUT IN WHEN HE WAS ALONGSIDE THE SOUTH BARGE BUOY. PERHAPS HE SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THERE BUT HE KEPT ON
GOING, LOST HIS WAY AND RAN AGROUND ON THE SPIT OPPOSITE AND JUST SOUTH OF THE SHILSHOLE BREAKWATER. THE TIDE WAS FALLING
AND WHEN ERIK GOT THERE HIS BOW WAS ABOUT 2 FEET OUT OF WATER AND THE STERN WAS IN DEEP WATER AND HE WAS HARD
AGROUND. AFTER SOME CONVERSATION WITH THE SKIPPER, ERIK BRINGS IN THE “GRACES’ ” BRIDALS AND TOWLINE AND GETS TOM
HOOKED UP TO THE STERN OF THE “COMANCHE”. TOM TRIES HIM ONCE BUT NO DICE SO HE JUST MAINTAINS A STEADY
PULL WHILE WAITING FOR THE TIDE TO COME IN. IF YOU CAN HOLD A BOAT THAT WENT AGROUND AND KEEP HIM FROM TURNING SIDEWAYS
MANY TIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO GET A LITTLE TIDE IN AND OFF THEY COME. THAT’S JUST WHAT HAPPENED. TOM JUST KEPT PULLING ON HER
AND A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER ABOUT 1330 OFF SHE COMES. OF COURSE THE BIG TUG BACKED ON HER JUST WHEN TOM WAS SHORTENING
UP HIS TOW LINE AND SUCKED OUR BRIDALS INTO HIS PROPELLER. WE ESCORTED HIM INTO THE LOCKS AND GOT HIM TIED UP AT
STABBERTS’ AND PUT HIM INTO DRYDOCK THE NEXT DAY. FUNNY THING HAPPENED IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS… A SAIL BOAT
RUNS AGROUND ALMOST ALONG SIDE THE BIG TUG BUT HE WAS ABLE TO BACK OFF. I ONCE SAW A CRUISE-A-HOME IN ABOUT THE SAME PLACE
RUN AGROUND AT A VERY LOW TIDE WHEN THE SPIT WAS OUT OF WATER. HE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HE WAS LOOKING AT WAS TERRA FIRMA.
ONE OF THE GROUNDINGS THAT I GOT TANGLED UP IN WAS IN 1956 WHEN I WAS IN THE COAST GUARD AT GRAYS HARBOR LIFEBOAT STATION.
THE LIBERTY SHIP “SEAGATE” CAME ASHORE IN THE FOG ON SONORA REEF AT POINT GRENVILLE ON THE WASHINGTON
COAST. I WAS ON BAR PATROL AND WAS DISPATCHED TO CHECK OUT THE RUMOR AND I WAS THE FIRST CG BOAT ON THE SCENE. I HAD A 40FOOT
UTILITY BOAT - THE CG-40423, WOW! WAS THAT EVER INTERESTING AND FUN. I HAD WAITED ALL MY LIFE TO GET IN THE MIDDLE OF
THAT KIND OF MARINE DISASTER. I WAS ON THE SCENE COMMANDER UNTIL THE BIG CG CUTTERS ARRIVED AND THE FUNNIEST THING WAS THAT I WAS ONLY A SEAMAN STRIKING
FOR BOATSWAIN MATE. BUT, ON SCENE, I REALLY SCREWED UP. COMMANDER APPLEGATE, WHO WAS CAPTAIN OF THE CUTTER “WASHUSETT” WANTED TO MEET ME AND I CAME UP TO THE
BRIDGFE OF THIS HUGE CUTTER AND I FORGOT TO SALUTE! WE NEVER SALUTED IN LIFEBOAT STATIONS BUT HE JUST OVERLOOKED THAT OMISSION OF MINE BECAUSE I HAD
JUST SAVED EVERYONES ASS. I TOOK OFF THE CREW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND THAT WAS EXCITING - WOW, WAS IT EVER. THE SHIP WENT ACROSS
THE REEF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND BROKE IN TWO ON THE BEACH. I EVEN RECEIVED A MEDAL FOR MY EXPERTICE IN RUNNING A 40 BOAT
AND SAVING THE CREW OF THE “SEAGATE”.
ISLAND TUG & BARGE BOUGHT THE “PT. BARROW” FROM CROWLEY, HER NEW NAME IS THE “ISLAND WIND”.
WE HAD A GREAT VISIT FROM OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON AND HIS WIFE GINNA AND OUR MUTUAL FRIEND, AL POWERS. THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY FOR A VACATION IN CANADA AND WE HAD A GREAT BS SESSION.
THERE WAS A REAL INTERESTING PHOTO IN THE DUTCH PUBLICATION OF MARITIME PRESS CLIPPINGS SHOWING AN OIL RIG BEING TOWED BY THREE NEW 10,000 HORSEPOWER CROWLEY TUGS OF THE NEW OCEAN CLASS AND THE “HARVEY WAR HORSE II”. THEY WERE THE “OCEAN WAVE”,”OCEAN SUN” AND THE “OCEAN WIND”.
JAY NIEDERHAUSER SENT BY THE FORMER NAMES OF STEVE TATES TUG THE “CY”. THEY WERE THE “ISLAND WIND” OF ISLAND TUG; THE “CHATAM STRAIT” OF CAMPBELL TOWING IN ALASKA; AND “MELIA FOSS” OF FOSS LAUNCH & TUG. JAY CREWED ON HER IN 1971. THANKS JAY!
THE FINAL GET TOGETHER FOR TINY FREEMAN WAS AT THE CENTRAL TAVERN SOME WOULD CALL IT A FUNERAL BUT NOT TINY AND HIS ASHES WENT INTO THE FIRE BOX OF A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE OF THE MOUNT RAINIER SCENIC RAILROAD FOR HIS LAST BLAST. TINY USED TO SEND MARGIE AND I POST CARDS TELLING US WHERE HE WAS AND ASKING US TO SEND MONEY TO OUR (LONG) FORGOTTEN SON. GOD HE WAS FUNNY AND WILL BE MISSED.
RECEIVED A NICE E-MAIL FROM JIM STEVENSON DISCUSSING THE “HOWKAN” AND ASKING IF I HAD ANY PHOTOS OR INFO ON A EX-HILLSTRAND BOAT THE FISHING VESSEL “INVADER”. HE THINKS THAT SHE WAS A BIG CALIFORNIA SEINER PROBABLY A SARDINE SEINER 70 TO 90 FEET THAT WAS CRABING IN ALASKA IN THE LATE 1960s. I SEARCHED THE FILES AND HAVE TWO TUG FILES ON THE “INVADER” BUT NO FISH BOATS. IF YOU FIND ANY PHOTOS OR INFO PLEASE E-MAIL ME OR SEND TO MY STREET ADDRESS: 1059 N NORTHLAKE WAY, SEATTLE, WA 98103.
JIM FRANCIS, LONG TIME (45 YEARS!! ) EMPLOYEE OF LAKE UNION DRY DOCK, HAS RETIRED. WE WILL ALL MISS HIS SMILING FACE AND ALWAYS CHEERFUL DISPOSITION. I REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS HIRED AND WENT TO HIS FIRST LAKE UNION ASSOCIATION MEETING. I DON’T KNOW HOW JIM DID IT BUT HE LOOKS ABOUT THE SAME AS WHEN I FIRST MET HIM. DORIAN GREY AT HIIS BEST.????? ANYWAY, HE ALWAYS HAD GOOD INPUT AND A LEVEL HEAD – WE ARE PROUD OF OUR LONG HISTORY WITH HIM.
LOST ANOTHER GOOD FRIEND. CLAUDE BARROW PASSED AWAY LAST MONTH, HE WAS ONLY 74. I COPIED HIS OBIT FROM THE TIMES. I FIRST MET CLAUDE WHEN MY DAD HAD ONE OF HIS MINESWEEPERS OUT OF WATER AT ROWE MACHINE WORKS AND CLAUDE WAS WORKING THERE. IN FACT, CLAUDE WORKED FOR ROWE AND THEN PACIFIC FISHERMEN FOR 40 YEARS; THINK OF THAT. CLAUDE WAS ONE OF THE NICEST AND FRIENDLIEST FELLOWS THAT YOU EVER MET AND EVERY TIME I WOULD RUN INTO HIM AT THE SHIPYARDS IT WAS JUST LIKE AN OLD HOME WEEK. CLAUDE GAVE ME A MODEL OF A MINESWEEPER AND A BIG FOSS TUG AND AN OLD DRYDOCKING BOOK FOR MY MUSEUM. SO, HIS NAME WILL BE A PART OF OUR WORLD FOR QUITE A WHILE. WE WILL SURE MISS HIS BIG SMILE AND FUN VISITS.
OUR "GRACE" PULLING ON GROUNDED "COMANCHE". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
NOTICE HER BOW OUT OF WATER AS THE TIDE DROPS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" PULLING ON "COMANCHE". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
HERE I AM AT MY FAVORITE PLACE. TUGBOAT PICTURES AND OLD ENGINES GREAT COMBINATION. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
AN EASTHOPE AND OTHERS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT JOHN WAYNE AND SARAH PALIN VISIT US. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR MAN IN NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, RON BURCHETT, AND FRIENDS TREVOR KNIGHT & RAY MALONE VISITED US ON THIS PAST THURSDAY. THEY WERE HEADED FOR THE MODEL MEET AT TULITAN, OREGON. ALL OVER QUALIFIED RADIO CONTROLLED MODEL TUG DRIVERS AND BUILDERS. RON HAD A TRUCK FULL OF TUGS AND BARGES. THEY WONT EVEN LET ME GO LOOK BECAUSE THEY MIGHT COME UP MISSING SOMETHING. GOOD LUCK AT THE RC MEETS.
RON BURCHETT HAVING A GOOD TIME TELLING SEA STORIES. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
RAY MALONE OVER FROM ENGLAND FOR THE R C TUG MEETS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
TREVOR KNIGHT HE HAS AN AUSSIE ACCENT AND A TIGER SUN TYPE RC MODEL NAMED THE "CAPE PAISLEY". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING KIRBY BOAT "NATHANE E. STEWART". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" GETTING READY TO SHIFT SIG AND EDGARS CRAB BOAT "NORTHWESTERN" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
"GENERAL LEE" ESCORTED "MORNING STAR TO THE FUEL DOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"JEEP" SHIFTING "OCEAN HARVESTER" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. TOM AND "JEEP" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
SPENCE'S NEAT HERRSHOFF LAUNCH. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
"SPIRIT OF 98" RENAMED "LEGACY" IN THE DRY DOCK AT STABBERT'S. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" HEADED FOR HER NEXT JOB ON A CALM LAKE UNION. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" ON OTHER SIDE TOWING "LILLI ANN" OUT OF LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"WE PUT "PROWLER" INTO DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. TOM MAKING UP THE "GRACE" TO THE "BERING PROWLER". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. MARK AND HIS PHOTO BOAT THE "ON-TIME". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" PUT "BERING PROWLER" INTO DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" JUST MAKING UP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. TOM ON OUR "GRACE" JUST MAKING UP TO THE"BLUE NORTH". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. MARK CHARGING UP THE SHIP CANAL WITH THE "ON-TIME". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
OUR "GRACE" SHIFTING FIRE BOAT "CHIEF SEATTLE" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GRACE" BACKING THE "GLACIER BAY"OUT OF DRYDOCK AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
OUR "GRACE" UNDOCKING KIRBY TUG "NATHAN E. STUART" AT LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CROWLEY TUG "GUARDSMAN" IN FOSS DRYDOCK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
- OUR “GRACE” SHIFTING “BLUE GADUS” JUST EAST OF BALLARD BRIDGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" SHIFTING "ARCTIC SEA" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" CHARGING UP SALMON BAY; THEY MUST BE LATE FOR LUNCH. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" SHIFTING "LEGACY" (EX-"SPIRIT OF 98") AT THE WEST WALL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
OUR "GRACE" WITH STABBERT CRANE BARGE "UPDIKE" AT BOW OF "LEGACY" AT WEST WALL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" SHIFTING "UPDIKE" BACK TO STABERTTS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GENERAL LEE" TOWING BOATS AFLOAT SHOW SQUARE FLOAT TO THE KIRKLAND SHOW. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT TOM HAS TWO SPEEDS: FULL AHEAD AND STOP. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" MADE UP TO "FOSS 300" CRANE BARGE. SHE IS RIGHT AT HOME BEING THAT SHE WAS THE "GRACE FOSS" IN HER FORMER LIFE. NOTICE THE LOWER GREEN BAND ON HER STACK - THAT IS A NOD TO HER HERITAGE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" PUSHING THE "FOSS 300" OVER TO KVICHAK TO PICK NEW PILOT BOAT THE "GEORGIA". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
LOOK AT THE FOG BANK JUST BEHIND THE STEAM CRANE. FALL IS HERE. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
THE "FOSS 300" UNLOADING THE NEW PILOT BOAT "GEORGIA" FROM THE BUILDERS SHED. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
- SAFELY LAUNCHED “GEORGIA” TASTES THE WATER FOR THE FIRST TIME AT KVICHAK. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"HENRY BRUSCO" AT THE FOSS TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OLD TIME TUGOAT MAN CAPT STEVE TATE CAME A VISITING WITH CAPT. TOM. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"FLYER" AND CAPT. RIC HEADED FOR LUDD WITH OIL BARGE "KITTYWAKE". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
"CORBIN FOSS & MIKI MIKI" LAYING AT THE FOSS TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"CORBIN FOSS" AT THE FOSS TERMINAL. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SUNSET. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARGIE AND INDY. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" WITH "GLACIER BAY" OUT OF LAKE UNION DRYDOCK. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" WITH "PROWLER" OUT OF NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" AND "PROWLER" MAKING THE AURORA SPAN WITH THE FREMONT BRIDGE UP AND WAITING FOR US. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
A COMPOSED STUDY OF CAPT. TOM & OUR "GRACE" AND THE "GENERAL LEE" AND KIRBY'S "NATHAN E. STUART". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"WESTRAC" & "WEST POINT" WITH NEW FLOATING BRIDGE SECTION THAT DID NOT WANT TO FLOAT - BOUND FOR A VIGOR DRYDOCK FOR MORE FIXING. THE STATE FIRED THE ENGINEER THAT DESIGNED THE PONTOONS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
LOOKS LIKE A FUTURERISTIC NEW YORK SKYSCRAPER, TOO BAD IT LEAKED. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"WESTRAC" A WESTERN TRACTOR ASD TYPE PUSHING HARD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR MAN IN COOS BAY BOB RICHARDSON AND HIS WIFE GINNA VISITING ON THEIR WAY THRU TO CANADA. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARK & MARGIE, AL POWERS AND GINNA & BOB RICHARDSON AND THE "ON-TIME". BOY WERE WE HAVING FUN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
AL WYLIE DELIVERING MY NEW SKIFF. IT DIDN'T FIT SO I SOLD IT BACK TO A FELLOW IN OLYMPIA AND, YES, THAT IS WHERE I BOUGHT IT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
THE "JAMES A" THE LAKE UNION DRYDOCK TUG TOWING FLOATS FOR SEAFAIR. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TALK ABOUT A GOOD LOOKING TUG! TOWERS ARE HARD TO DESIGN AND MAKE THEM LOOK RIGHT. SHE IS KIRBY'S "BISMARCK SEA". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" WITH "BLUE GADUS".WE SHIFTED HER FROM COVICH-WILLIAMS TO FISHERMEN'S TERMINAL. ONE OF MY BETTER PHOTOS AND DON'T ASK ME HOW I MANAGED THAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
STERN VIEW OF THE "MIKI-MIKI" AND THE "CORBIN FOSS". LOOK AT THE HUGE EXHAUSTS ON THE FOSS BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" AT SPEED. FOSS HAD A GREAT BUNCH OF HARBOR BOATS THAT THEY BUILT. BOB LONG DESIGNED THEM AND DON HOGUE BROUGHT HIM BY SO THAT I COULD MEET HIM. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR FRIEND BILL PAGE OF CUSHING, MAINE BUILT AND JUST LAUNCHED THIS WONDERFUL TROLLER STYLE YACHT. BILL GARDEN, WHO WAS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF BILL’S, DESIGNED HER. MARGIE AND I WERE ON THE EAST COAST IN 2006 AND WE STOPPED IN TO SEE BILL AND PAULA AND SEE HOW THE BOAT WAS COMING. AT THAT TIME HE HAD 15 DIFFERENT TYPES OF WOOD IN HER AND SHE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND WELL DONE THAT I TOLD BILL SHE BELONGED IN A MUSEUM. HE, OF COURSE, DID NOT HEAR A WORD I SAID BUT KEPT RIGHT ON WORKING ON HER UNTIL HE LAUNCHED HER. HE SENT ME A BUNCH OF PHOTOS WHICH I WILL SHARE WITH YOU. MY FAVORITE HAS ALWAYS BEEN WOOD BOATS AND THEY DON’T GET ANY BETTER THAN BILL’S “SERIANNA”. BRAVO ZULU BILL AND PAULA.
HERE SHE IS OUT ON THE HARD.
EVERYONE'S HAVING A GOOD TIME AT THE LAUNCHING.
HERE SHE IS UNDERWAY. MUST BE A JOHN DEERE ENGINE?
HERE SHE IS GOING AWAY. TALK ABOUT HARD WORK JUST BUILD A BOAT. WOW A LABOR OF LOVE.
OUR LADY ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER, AIMEE ENG, SENDS MANY PHOTOS OF THE MODEL MEET IN SPOKANE, WA. THANKS AIMEE.
THAT'S AIMEE'S TUG IN THE FOREGROUND. AIMEE ENG PHOTO.
THREADING THE NEEDLE THATS HOW THE COLUMBIA RIVER WAS BEFOR THE DAMS. AIMEE ENG PHOTO.
CLOSE QUARTERS. AIMEE ENG PHOTO.
OUR MAN FROM WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, CONTINUES TO SEND ME GREAT TUGBOAT PHOTOS FOR PUBLICATION IN OUR NEWSLETTER. THANKS STAN - IT IS SURE FUN TO GET THE PHOTOS AND HAVE A WAY TO SHARE THEM WITH EVERYONE. THIS MONTH THERE ARE A LOT OF CANADIAN TUGS.
THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN BY STAN'S DAD, S.V.WILLHIGHT, IN THE MID 1950s AT THE KEYSTONE BASIN. THE BIG BOAT IS THE "MAURINE GREER" A WW II SUBCHASER CONVERTED INTO A FISH PACKER. NEAT BOATS - LONG AND SKINNY AND FAST. THEY WOULD DO 20 KTS WITH BIG GM PANCAKE DIESELS. S.V.WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
"WESTERN NAVIGATOR" A WESTERN WILLAMET BOAT FROM THE COLUMBIA RIVER. TAKEN AT PORT TOWNSEND 2-15-1989. SHE LOOKED BETTER WITHOUT THE TOP HOUSE BUT YOU COULD NOT SEE OVER THE BARGES AS GOOD. I THINK THAT SHE WAS A YTL. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
NORTHERN WARRIOR 3-22-1989 AT SEATTLE THE LONG PIER IN THE BACKGROUND IS THE NW DOCK AT FISHERMEN'S TERMINAL. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
1-23-1989 GILLNETER AT ILLWACO, VERY TIRED AND AT THE END OF HER CAREER. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
APRIL 2013 DUNLAP TUG "TAURUS" WITH A DUSTY ABEAM OF KEYSTONE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
WE SLIP ACROSS THE BORDER TO CANADA. 4-6-1989 IN NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. IS THE "SWIFTSURE VII". PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.
4-6-1989 STILL AT NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C.IS THE "SWIFTSURE IV". STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
4-6-1989 ON THE FRASER RIVER AT NEW WESTMINSTER IS THE "RED FIR 15". STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
4-6-1989 "SIGNAL VI" ON THE FRASER RIVER AT NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
4-6-1989 "GEORGIA STRAITS" SHE WAS ONE OF THE HOTROD CLASS. 65 FEET AND 6OO TO 750 HP. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
4-6-1989 STILL ON THE RIVER AT NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. I CAN'T QUITE GET THE NAME. IT LOOKS LIKE "CHOWIKA" ? STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SENT IN PICTURES AND FACTS SO THAT I CAN SHARE ALL THIS INFORMATION ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. ANYTHING THAT YOU SEND ME I CAN SCAN AND SEND IT BACK TO YOU GOOD AS NEW.
1. OLD CARY-DAVIS & PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE PHOTOS AND ADVERTISEMENTS.
2. OLD CANNERY TENDER PHOTOS.
3. LOG TOWING PHOTOS.
4. CHERYL ANN MODEL IN THE BOX OR BUILT - ANY CONDITION.
5. WE BUY OLD TUG PHOTOS OR COLLECTIONS.
6. GETTING: NEW KNEE! GOING IN FOR IT SOMETIME IN SEPTEMBER SO THAT I CAN ROW BETTER OR TOW BETTER, OR MAYBE JUST WALK BETTER.
7. PICTURES AND INFO ON SARDINER “INVADER” THAT HILLSTRAND WAS CRAB FISHING IN THE 1970s.
8. AM LOOKING FOR PICTURES AND INFO ON TWO OLD WOOD CROWLEY TUGS THAT WORKED OUT OF LONG BEACH. THEY
ARE THE “CHALLENGER” & THE “CONTENDER”. THEY WERE STRIPPED AND SUNK FOR A FISHING REEF.
9. OLD MARINE DIGEST MAGAZINES 1945 AND BACK. ANY CONDITION.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPS ME PUBLISH THIS NEWSLETTER IT SURE IS FUN TO DO IT. MARK & MARGIE FREEMAN, CAPTAINS ERIK & TOM, MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM, TATOOSH TOWING & SALVAGE, FREMONT BOAT COMPANY AND FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY AND THREE CATS BRAVEHEART (INDY), RAZ AND BATMAN.
OUR LOGO THANKS TO BILL GARDEN & JOHNNY ADAMS.
OUR OLD PILOT SCHOONER THE “ADVENTURESS” CAME BY ON THE 5TH OF JULY AND GAVE US A REAL NICE THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HISTORY THAT I FURNISHED THEM. IT WAS ‘ALL HANDS MAN THE RAIL’ AND HER WHOLE CREW OF YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS GAVE US A HAND SALUTE. IT WAS VERY TOUCHING. MY DAD BOUGHT HER FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY PILOTS AND SAILED HER UP THE COAST IN FEBRUARY 1952 EXPERINCING WINDS TO 45 KNOTS AND HEAVY GOING. MARGIE AND MISS BLUE AND I TOOK THE SALUTE. THANKS KEN. IT HAS BEEN REALLY FUN DEALING WITH KEN GREFF, PRESIDENT OF SOUND EXPERIENCE, AND TALKING TO HIM ABOUT THE PAST AND THE FUTURE OF THE “ADVENTURESS” AND GIVING HIM ALL THE DOCUMENTS THAT I HAVE SAVED SINCE 1951 ON HER. I HAVE 6 FILE CABINET DRAWERS FULL OF BOATS THAT DAD BOUGHT AND SOLD FROM WW II ON, BUT SOMEONE GOT RID OF THE PRE-WAR FILES BUT I SAVED EVERYTHING THAT I COULD GET MY HANDS ON.
KARL HOUSE DROPPED BY FOR A CHAT AND HE GAVE ME A PHOTO OF THE TUG “SANDMAN” IN 1924 WITH WALTER & HOPE HOUSE - KARL’S GRANDPARENTS ON HIS DAD’S SIDE - STANDING ON THE DOCK NEXT TO HER. THE FELLOW IN THE WHITE SHIRT IS HER CAPTAIN. SHE IS ON DISPLAY IN OLYMPIA AND HAS BEEN REBUILT SO SHE SHOULD BE WITH US FOR A LONG TIME. WHAT SAVES OLD BOATS IS LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH.
TODD GORDON SENT IN PHOTOS OF BOYER’S TUGS AND THE CRANE BARGE GOING UP THE SKAGIT RIVER TO WORK ON THE BRIDGE THAT COLLAPSED. THE MEDIA STUDIOUSLY AVOIDED SHOWING ANY PHOTOS OF THE TUGS. THANKS FELLOWS - THE WATER INDUSTRY DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING AROUND HERE. IN FACT YEARS AGO AFTER ONE OF THE BIG DAILY NEWSPAPERS GOT RID OF THEIR LAST MARINE EDITOR, I KEPT WRITING THEM LETTERS ABOUT HOW THEY WERE NOT TAKING CARE OF THE MARINE FIELD, YOU KNOW THE SHIPPING, ETC. THEY TOLD ME TO QUIT WRITING THEM AS THEY WERE NEVER GOING TO HAVE A MARINE EDITOR. SO WE HAVE ANOTHER AREA WHERE WE HAVE MINIMUM COVERAGE. I WAS SHOCKED THE TIMES DID A GREAT ARCTICLE ON THE RESTORATION OF THE LIGHTSHIP “SWIFTSURE”, KEEP THEM COMING.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OUR LADY ON COMMODORE WAY, JULI TALLINO, SENDS IN 4 BEAUTIFUL SHOTS OF BOATS GOING BY HER TUG. SHE GOT A PHOTO OF THE “ALKI” MANUVERING; THE “FATHOM” GOING BY; THE NEW BUOY TENDER “FIR” AND BOYER’S TUG THE “HALLE H” PUSHING A SCRAP BARGE.
OUR LADY ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER, AIMEE ENG, SENT UP 3 PHOTOS SO WE GET PHOTOS FROM ALL OVER. WHAT FUN.!!!!!!!!!!!
RON BURCHETT, OUR MAN IN VANCOUVER BC , SENDS MANY PICTURES - REALLY INTERESTING STUFF. BOB AND RIC HAVE BUILT SEVERAL TITAN CLASS OCEAN TUGS AND THEY HAVE BEEN SUCH A SUCCESS THAT MORE ARE BEING BUILT BY A SHIPYARD ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER FOR OTHER PEOPLE. BOB SR. WAS BY FOR A VISIT AND TOLD ME OF THEM LANDING THOSE HUGE LINDEN BARGES IN FIERCE SIDE WINDS AND NOT HAVING TO CALL FOR AN ASSIST BOAT THEY JUST BRING THEM INTO THE DOCK WITH THE ASD DRIVES LIKE THEY WERE ON RAILS. RON INCLUDED THE PHOTO OF THE FIRST ONE FOR THE GULF COAST DOING ITS TRIALS. HE ALSO SENT IN SOME SHOTS OF TESTING NEW MODELS IN FRANCE. UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT IN CANADA, THE TUG HARKEN 10 FELL ON THE HARD OUT OF ITS TRAVEL LIFT. I RECEIVED PHOTOS FROM RON, ART ANDERSON AND BOB LETTS CLEAR UP IN OONA RIVER. THANKS FELLOWS.
KEITH STERNBERG HAS BEEN RUNNING HIS STEAM TRAIN IN SKYKOMISH. I THINK KEITH IS HAVING WAY TOO MUCH FUN.
OUR OLD FRIEND, BEN FLODQUIST, BOUGHT BOYER’S OLD TUG THE “SUSAN H”. SHE WILL BE A HOME FOR BEN AND HIL SOME WHERE IN THE NORTH SOUND. BEN SAILS ON THE FERRYS.
STAN WILLHIGHT IS BACK FROM HIS TRAVELS AND SENT ME SEVERAL PHOTOS OF SALMON TENDERS FOR MY COLLECTION. SOME WERE TAKEN BY HIS DAD S.V.WILLHIGHT IN THE MID 1950s. ONE PHOTO THAT STAN SENT IN IS OF AN EX-ST 72 FOOT ARMY TUG AND NEITHER ONE OF US CAN PUT A NAME ON HER. SHE WOULD BE A SISTER TO THE FOLLOWING BOAT: ”CRANE”, “PACIFIC FOAM”, “LAGUNA”, “GONY”, “CONDOR”, “SHAMROCK” AND ”JERRIE” AS WEKK AS ONE MANSON OSBERG HAD AFTER THE WAR (CAN’T REMEMBER THE NAME!) EMAIL ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org. ALWAYS FUN TO FIGURE OUT THE BOATS NAMES.
.JAY NEIDERHAUSER SAID THE LITTLE FOSS TUG IN EVERETT WAS NAMED THE “SEA BELLE”.
THE PHOTO THAT I SHOWED OF THE EX-COAST GUARD 95 FOOTER “OLYMPIC VENTURE” IS A BOAT THAT THE NAVY GAVE TO THE PALO ALTO SEA SCOUTS IN CALIFORNIA. I WONDER WHO IS PUTTING UP THE MONEY TO RUN HER? I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THE SEA SCOUTS WERE A SHOE STRING OPERATION - SOMETHING MUST HAVE GOTEN BY ME AGAIN. THE NAVY HAD BEEN USING HER TO TRANSFER PERSONNEL FROM SUBMARINES. THANKS TO DAN WITHERS AND CHUCK FOWLER FOR THE INFO.
OUR CITY CAN DO A BETTER JOB ON ITS TRANSPORTATION ISSUES WHEN IT COMES TO BIKES IN THE MARITIME/INDUSTRIAL AREAS OF BALLARD. HOW ABOUT PROPOSING GETTING THE BIKES UP AND OVER THE AREA SHOULD THEY NEED THAT PARTICULAR ROUTE. OTHERWISE, IT DOES NOT PORTEND WELL FOR AN INJURED BICYCLIST NOR THE TRUCK DRIVER THAT HIT THEM – NEVER MIND THE BUSINESS THAT MIGHT GO UNDER BECAUSE OF AN INCIDENT. BOTH ‘SIDES’ HAVE BEEN AT A STANDSTILL FOR YEARS – INVEST IN SOMETHING THAT’S SAFE FOR PEDS, BIKES, TRUCKS AND BUSINESSES. WE NEED TO DO ALL WE CAN IN THESE HARD TIMES TO KEEP OUR MARITIME/INDUSTRIAL BUSINESSES GOING PRODUCING FAMILY WAGE JOBS AND KEEPING OUR TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR SAFE.
TOM BLACKWOOD TOOK THE PHOTO OF THE “GALENE” IN LAST MONTH’S BLOG. THANKS SKIP. I JUST CANT READ.
MANNING THE RAIL WITH A HAND SALUTE. BRAVO ZULU "ADVENTURESS".
KEN IN THE WHITE PANTS AND COMPANY.
FABULOUS SHIP THE "ADVENTURESS"
OUR MISS BLUE AND MARGIE ACKNOWLEDGING THE SALUTE. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN
MARGIE & I. NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE SALUTE I NEVER EVEN GOT ANYTHING THAT GOOD WHILE SERVING IN THE COAST GUARD. PHOTO BY MISS BLUE.
- CAPTAIN MARK ON THE “ON-TIME”.BILL GARDEN ALWAYS DESIGNED SALTY BOATS. HE AND MY DAD ALWAYS HAD A GOOD TIME TALKING ABOUT BOATS. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO
RON BURCHETT, OUR MAN IN NORTH VANCOUVER, AND AIMEE ENG, OUR LADY ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER, BOTH TOOK PHOTOS OF THE BRAND NEW TUG “HAWAII” DURING HER BOLLARD PULLING ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER. HOW MANY TONS DID SHE PULL? A WHOLE BUNCH BUT I AM SWORN TO SECRECY. SHE GETS HER COMPANY COLORS WHEN SHE ARRIVES IN THE GULF. BUT WHICH GULF?.
THEY SAID THAT SHE COULD NOT BREAK THIS LINE (HEAVING LINE). AIMEE ENG PHOTO.
WHAT COLOR WILL SHE BE? AIMEE ENG PHOTO
"HAWAII". AIMEE ENG PHOTO.
"HAWAII" ON TRIALS. RON BURCHETT PHOTO.
LOOKS LIKE RON IN THE HARD HAT. AIMEE ENG PHOTO.
"HAWAII" MORE BOLLARD PULLING. RON BURCHETT PHOTO.
RON ALSO SENT ME THIS PHOTO AND TEXT ON THE “HAWAII.
"FRONTIER EXPLORER" BEING TOWED BY "DIXIE & GENERAL LEE". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
KARL HOUSE OLD TIME TUGBOAT MAN. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
THIS PHOTO OF THE "SANDMAN" WAS BROUGHT OVER TO ME BY KARL HOUSE.
BRAVEHEART IN THE SOCK DRAWER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
ANOTHER ONE OF DAD'S BOATS, THE SCHOONER "AMERICA". HE BOUGHT HER FROM THE GRAYS HARBOR PILOTS. SHE HAD A 6-71 ON A 3:1 GEAR. SHE WOULD NOT SELL AND THAT WAS HIS BUSINESS BUYING AND SELLING BOATS. HE TRADED HER FOR THE "BONHOMIE" IN PORTLAND. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
"BONHOMIE" SHE HAD A 180 HP FAIRBANKS AND JIM AND DAVE BROUGHT HER UP THE COAST FOR US.SHE WAS A HARD SELLER TOO. DOC FREEMAN PHOTO.
DOC FREEMAN WASHING THE DECKS OF THE "BONHOMIE".
"BLUEBERRY AND GRACE" LAYING AT THE TUG MOORINGS AT FREMONT BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MR. ARNIE. PHOTO BY MARK FREEMAN
BEAUTIFUL PAINT JOB ON THE DRAGGER "NORDIC STAR". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
THE SIGN 'FORT YUKON' IS FROM AN OLD HOLLYWOOD MOVIE ABOUT THE NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GENERAL LEE" LEADING THE WAY FOR THE "DIXIE & LILLI ANN" MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"MOLLY" I HAVE NOT SEEN HER BEFORE NEAT-BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" WITH "LILLI ANN" ALONGSIDE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"ISLAND BREEZE" AND BIG BARGE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"AMATULI" SHE GOT A MID SECTION THAT MADE HER LONGER SOMETIME IN HER LIFE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE & BERING PROWLER" ENROUTE TO NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"PROWLER" IN DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD THAT'S KRIS MULLAN IN THE WHITE HARD HAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TWO PROWLERS AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GENERAL LEE & GRACE" TOWING THE "PATRICA LEE" TO NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD FROM ALASKA BOAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR "GRACE" AND "PATRICA LEE" MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"BLUE GADUS" A PAT BURNS BOAT LAYING AT THE TERMINAL. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"COURAGEOUS" JUST ARRIVED SHE IS AN EX-COAST GUARD 180 FT BUOY TENDER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BOYER'S TUG "HALLE H" WITH SCRAP BARGE. SHE HAS TWO 12-71 DETROITS AND COMES FROM THE COLUMBIA RIVER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR LADY ON COMMODORE WAY JULI TALLINO SENDS ON THESE PHOTOS.
EX-FIRE BOAT "ALKI" BACKING AND FILLING JIMMYS ALWAYS SMOKE. JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
TONY BOUGHT THE "FATHOM" FROM US GLAD TO SEE HER RUNNING AROUND. JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
USCG BUOY TENDER "FIR" JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
ANOTHER SHOT OF BOYER'S TUG "HALLE H" WITH SCRAP FROM THE "NEW STAR" JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
"DIXIE" WITH "NATHAN E. STEWART" ALONGSIDE. JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
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12 FOOT SKIFF FOR SALE $699.00 SHE IS ALMOST AS PRETTY AS THAT GIRL SITTING IN HER. [OUR GRANDDAUGHTER, MARINA
SPENCER'S NEW BOAT. ISN'T SHE NEAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BRAND NEW RIGHT OUT OF THE FOSS SHIPYARD AT RAINER,OREGON IS THE "EMMETT FOSS" PUSHING ON A BARGE IN GUEMES CHANNEL. SUPER SHALLOW DRAFT FOR THE NORTH SLOPE AND ALASKA . MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPTAIN BOB SHREWSBURY SR. HE IS THE GUY WHO STARTED WESTERN TOWBOAT. HE CAME BY TO BS. WE GO WAY BACK INTO THE 1940s. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GRACE" WITH "BLUE MOON" ALONGSIDE HEADED FOR EMERALD LANDING. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"WASP" HEADED OUT FOR SALMON BAY JOB. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MANSON TUG "HARRY M" IN DRYDOCK AT FOSS. SHE WAS A YF NAVY BOAT AND THEY SHORTENED HER AND PUT IN NEW ENGINES. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
ALSO AT THE FOSS SHIPYARD WAS CROWLEYS VALDEZ TUG THE "AWARE". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"HARVESTER ENTERPRISE" IS BEING PUSHED INTO POSITION BY THE "GENERAL LEE" MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MANSON'S 'NANCY M" (EX-"SHELLEY FOSS") WITH A HUGE WINCH ON THE STERN. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
STEVE TATES "CY". I THINK SHE WAS A M CLASS FOSS BOAT THAT ISLAND SOLD HIM. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"OCEAN & PACIFIC TITAN" WESTERN HAS SEVERAL OF THESE AND THEY HAVE BEEN A COMPLETE SUCCESS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BOYER'S TUG THE "JENNIFER H" HEADED UP THE SKAGIT RIVER WITH A CRANE BARGE TO WORK ON THE FALLEN BRIDGE ON I-5. TODD GORDON PHOTO.
"KILLER BEE" IS LEADING THE WAY WITH "JENNIFER H" PUSHING UP THE SKAGIT. TODD GORDON PHOTO.
AIMEE ENG, OUR LADY ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER, SENDS MORE INTERESTING PHOTOS. THANKS AIMEE.
SHAVER TUGS "CLEARWATER & DESCHUTTES". AIMEE ENG PHOTO.
FOSS TUG "PACIFIC ESCORT". AIMEE ENG PHOTO
FOSS TUG "PATRICIA ANN". AIMEE ENG PHOTO.
OUR MAN IN NORTH VANCOUVER BC, RON BURCHETT, SENT A BUNCH OF PHOTOS AND WE GOT TO HAVE DINNER WITH HIM ON MONDAY NIGHT.
RON & MARK IN THE MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
4 OF THESE WEST COAST TROLLERS ARE BEING BUILT... IS IT A MODEL? RON BURCHETT PHOTO.
RON IS IN FRANCE AT PORT REVEL TESTING GROUNDS SEEING HOW HIS WINCH PATTERN WORKS ON A VOITH TUG.
HERE SHE IS GETTING DRAGGED SIDEWAYS BY A TANKER. THIS IS WHAT THE REAL TUGS DO.
THIS IS A RC TUG BUT I HAVE DONE THIS WITH REAL TUGS. I ALWAYS KEPT THE BACK DOOR OF THE SKILFULL CLOSED BECAUSE EVENTUALLY THE BARGE THAT YOU WERE PULLING ON WOULD COME TO A HALT THEN THE TUG WOULD SURFACE. JUST A LITTLE OVERPOWERED.
"HARKEN 10" FELL ON THE HARD. IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT FOR BOATS TO BE OUT OF WATER SOMETHING IS ALWAYS HAPPENENING TO THEM. ART ANDERSON, BOB LETTS AND RON BURCHETT ALL SENT ME THESE PICTURES. THANKS FELLOWS.
MORE "HARKEN 10"
OUR MAN ON LOPEZ ISLAND, KEITH STERNBERG, SENT US PHOTOS OF RUNNING HIS STEAM ENGINE AT SKYKOMISH.
KEITH EATING SMOKE AND STEAM.
GREAT NORTHERN & CASCADE RAILWAY.
NOW THAT LOOKS LIKE FUN, BUT THINK HOW CLEVER YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE TO BUILD STEAM ENGINES.
A LITTLE STORY ABOUT THE “SUSAN H”
THE "JERKMORE, ONTIME AND SUSAN H" AT BOYER'S DOCK IN PORT MADISON. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.1951
THE SUSAN H. July 14, 2013
The SUSAN H was built on Lake Union in 1947 at Prothero Shipyard on Westlake Ave. She has been a complete success. 65 ft long her power was a sweet sounding 240 hp Washington Diesel direct reversible and she was shallow draft around 6 feet which is ideal for working all the log dumps on Hoods Canal. She was painted all white and Boyer kept her like a yacht. She was built to tow logs and Boyer was the best log towing skipper on Puget Sound. She was such a success that Pope & Talbot, the big mill at Port Gamble, built a tug very similar to her and called her the PT PIONEER- same general design and a 260 hp Washington for power. When she wore out the Washington they repowered her with a Cat of about 350 hp; and when that was worn out they put a 12-71 GM in her. Boyer said he thought they all pulled about the same. My friend Earl Sugden from Bainbridge Island was her skipper for a while and he spoke very highly of her. Boyer started an Alaska operation to tow logs for the mill in Wards Cove. Art Brooks, a wheel in Pope & Talbot, went North and I don’t know the politics but Boyer went right along with him. Boyer built a whole fleet of big boats and barges to tow back and forth to Alaska. His headquarters are still in Ketchikan and Seattle. The SUSAN H stayed in the Pacific Northwest and towed for Seaboard Mill up the West Waterway and I think P & T. Various owners and names have been attached to her and I am not sure of all of them. Larry Jay owned her for a while and pushed his material barges around. She was owned by a sand and gravel place in Tacoma. A lady who is in the tugboat business owned her and I heard that Steve Tates son-in-law was the last person to buy her. I know that one of the owners renamed her YEOMALT. Boyer’s son, Kent, runs the Alaska operation and Little Boyer runs the Seattle operation. This is all from my memory so if it’s a little off don’t be surprised but there are no text books to refer to. I am enclosing articles out of the Pacific Motor Boat Magazine.
Some other stories that I remember: I was salvaging logs off the beach near Millers Bay and along comes Boyer with the ON-TIME I did not know him but I knew who he was. He said his tug the SUSAN H had been caught at Pilot Point when the Southeaster came up and they lost about 60 logs and asked if I wanted to go to work for him and help him out. You bet! I anchored the raft that I was building and we took off for Pilot Point. He was towing some boom sticks and we tied them off to make a pocket so that I could get the logs off the beach and drop them in front of his bag boom. It was a nasty place to work with lots of rocks. I got all the logs off the beach and made a life-long friend out of Boyer.
I picked up other spills for him and even picked up a few rafts in Hoods Canal and hooked them onto the tows that he was making up and I always had fun working for him and that led to me working on spills and in storages for Seaboard Lumber and other mills.
My brother-in-law, Pat Stoppelman, who had the tug Western Star was lying at Alice Bight with his log tow waiting for the weather to calm down so that he could make the Pass. He was lying with 4 other tugs and they were 5 rafts wide. Boyer came by with the SUSAN H and a big raft but there was no room to tie up – too wide, he would be out in the current and slop. So Boyer calls Pat on the radio and said ‘I think that I will take a shot at the pass’ and by the time he got there the weather had moderated and he got his raft thru the pass safely. Boyer was the best. He towed his raft of 24 sections to Seattle and up the West Waterway. He then took a bunch of boom sticks in tow at Seattle and went out of the Pass and past Pat and all the other tugs still waiting for weather.
Boyer was just a little nervous. One time he ran out of smokes just off Rocky Point, so he left the crew to run the SUSAN H and took the skiff and rowed into Camp Grande to buy cigarettes. Now the tug was making standard log time, a knot at one half, and he had to row like hell to get back on board.
Boyer always liked to have woman cooks on his tugs. He says the crews were more squared away with a woman onboard.
I learned a lot from Boyer about logs and towing. He was always nice to me, giving me advice on how to be in the tugboat business, tips on beach combing and life in general. Sure glad to have known him.
P.S.: Ben Flodquist and girlfriend Hil bought the SUSAN H for their new home. Ben’s mother, Linda, said that’s the first time since 1980 that a Flodquist has owned a tugboat. His folks Randy and Linda owned the tug “TICKABOO’.
HIL AND BEN. NEW OWNERS OF THE "SUSAN H"
OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENT PHOTOS THAT HIS DAD S.V. WILLHIGHT TOOK IN THE 1950s; PLUS HIS OWN BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS.
COTTON NO, 6 AT KEYSTONE MID 1950s. SHE WAS THE WM. CRAWFORD BUILT TO WORK OUT OF THE PYSHT RIVER. POWER: 2 35 HP ATLAS GAS ENGINES. PHOTO BY S.V. WILLHIGHT.
"MAUREN GREER" CANNERY TENDER WAS A WW II 110 FT SUBCHASER AT KEYSTONE. ANOTHER SHOT BY STAN'S DAD, S.V.WILLHIGHT.
1-23-1989 GILLNETER AT ILLWACO STAN & CARLA'S FAVORITE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
CANNERY TENDER "COHOE" MID 1950s KEYSTONE. PHOTO BY S.V.WILLHIGHT.
ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE "COHOE" PHOTO BY S.V. WILLHIGHT.
"EVELYN S" CANNERY TENDER 6-21-1984 ST FISHERMEN'S TERMINAL SEATTLE. PHOTO BY STAN WILLHIGHT.
HERE IS THE ST LAYING AT KEYSTONE ANYONE KNOW WHICH ONE SHE IS?. 3-8-89 STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
CANNERY TENDER "MUTUAL" 1-4-1989 ST FISHERMENS TERMINAL SEATTLE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
CIRCA MID 1930s STAN'S DAD TOOK THIS PHOTO OF THE U.S.S. CONSTITUTION AND HER ESCORT NAVY NO. 43 IN SEATTLE. PHOTO BY S.V.WILLHIGHT.
WE WERE INVITED TO THE LAUNCHING OF "AHBRA FRANCO"
OUR MAN IN LADYSMITH BC, ARTIST MICHAEL DEAN, TOOK PICTURES OF THE NEW JONES MARINE TUG “HELEN J”
"HELEN J" NEW BOAT FOR JONES MARINE SEE WESTERN MARINER FOR DETAILS. MICHAEL DEAN PHOTO.
"HELEN J". MICHAEL DEAN PHOTO.
OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, HAS COME UP WITH HIS FIRST COMPUTER. WELL DONE BOB. HERE IS HIS LATEST SET OF PHOTOS.
COAST GUARD 47 FOOT LIFEBOAT LEAVING COOS BAY ENROUTE TO FISHBOAT THAT HAD A SMALL FIRE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO
FISHBOAT IN TOW. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO
THE FISHBOAT THT NEEDED HELP. AWFUL LOW WINDOWS FOR GOING TO SEA. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
CANADIAN TUG "SEA COMMANDER" SHE WAS A U.S. ARMY WW II LT TUG. GEORGE WALES PILOT IS JUST WALKING BACK FROM THE PILOT HOUSE TO GET OFF ON TO THE PILOT BOAT. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
ANOTHER SHOT OF THE "SEA COMMANDER" HEADED OUT WITH HER BARGE HEADED FOR NANAIMO BOB THOUGHT THAT SHE HAD BEEN TOWING OUT OF LADYSMITH.. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
IN THE BACKGROUND IS THE "SEA COMMANDER" AND HER HUGH DUSTY. "NORTH BEND" IN THE FOREGROUND. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
AS BIG AS THESE TUGS ARE THEY STILL ROLL AND HEAVE AND TOSS AND PITCH. JUST HANG ON. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
YOU WOULD SWEAR THAT HER BOW WAS GOING UNDER THE BIG OILY SWELL. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
TUG OF WAR? NOPE JUST JACK BRUSCO AND CGC ORCAS PASSING. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"COOS BAY" HEADED OUT. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
LOOK AT HOW HIGH THE PILOT HOUSE ON THE "CAPT. LOUIE " IS. SHE IS TAILING THE DUSTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
GEORGE WALES PILOT WAITING FOR THE RIGHT MOMENT TO GET OFF ON TO THE PILOT BOAT. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
OUR MAN FROM COSMOPOLIS AND SKIPPER FOR DUNLAP TOWING, SCOTT SCHOCH, TAKES LOTS OF PHOTOS AND SHARES THEM WITH US. THANKS SCOTT.
"GENE DUNLAP". SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
"WEDELL FOSS" TRACTOR TUG HE JUST DRAGS THE BARGE WITH HIM AND HIS VOITH UNITS. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
REDWOOD CITY GOING THRU LA CONNER WITH A DUMP BARGE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
"REDWOOD CITY" SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
"VIGOROUS". ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
HARLEYS "EAGLE" LAYING ALONGSIDE A CROWLEY TUG AND BARGE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
HUGH WARE WAS OUR FRIEND AND NOW HE IS GONE. HUGH WAS BORN IN 1927 AND DIED JUST A FEW MONTHS BACK. HE HAD BEEN EDITOR OF THE MAGAZINE “TUG BITTS” WHICH WAS A DANDY EAST COAST PUBLICATION ABOUT TUGS. HUGH DID A GREAT JOB ON ALL THINGS AND THE DETAIL THAT WENT INTO HIS TUG MAGAZINE WAS UNBELIEVABLE. WE MET HUGH WHEN HE & JOAN AND A BUNCH OF FELLOW TUGBOAT EUNTHAISITS ALL CAME OUT HERE TO SEE THE OLYMPIA TUG RACES AND TO LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT COMPANIES. WE BECAME FAST FRIENDS AFTER ONE VISIT. WHEN MARGIE AND I WERE ON THE EAST COAST IN 2006, WE MADE A SPECIAL SIDE TRIP TO VISIT THEM IN THEIR HOME ON SOMERSET BY THE SEA. HE ALSO WROTE A COLUMN FOR THE PACIFIC MARITIME MAGAZINE. WE HAVE SURE LOST A LOT OF FRIENDS LATELY AND WE MISS THEM ALL. GOODBYE HUGH.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SENT IN PICTURES AD FACTS SO THAT I CAN SHARE ALL THIS INFORMATION ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. I CAN SCAN AND COPY ANYTHING THAT YOU SEND ME AND RETURN IT TO YOU GOOD AS NEW.
1. OLD CARY-DAVIS & PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE PHOTOS.
2. OLD CANNERY TENDER PHOTOS.
3. CHERYL ANN MODEL TUG IN THE BOX OR BUILT, ANY CONDITION .
ONE 12 FOOT SKIFF SEE PHOTO IN BLOG $699.00 SEE IT AFLOAT AT OUR YARD.
WE BUY OLD TUGBOAT AND MARINE PHOTOS AND COLLECTIONS.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPS ME PUBLISH THIS NEWSLETTER. MARK & MARGIE FREEMAN, CAPTAINS ERIK AND TOM, MARK FREEMAN MARITIME MUSEUM, TATOOSH TOWING & SALVAGE, FREMONT BOAT COMPANY AND FREMONT TUGBOAT COMPANY AND THE 3 CATS BRAVEHEART, RAZ AND BATMAN.
RON BURCHETT TOLD ME THAT OUR OLD FRIEND HUGH WARE HAD CROSSED OVER THE BAR. WE ALSO GOT A NOTE THAT TINY FREEMAN PASSED AWAY AS WELL. WE’RE SAD ABOUT THE LOSS, BUT WE’LL ADD MORE INFO WHEN WE GET IT.
APRIL 1947 HOWKAN BEACHED IN BINOUGH BAY. WHERE IS IT?.
MAY WEATHER: I WAS OUT TAKING PICTURES OF THE KIDS TOWING THE “CAPE GREIG” THIS MORNING AND I THOUGHT THAT MY EARS WERE GOING TO FREEZE AND FALL OFF… NEED I SAY MORE ABOUT MAY WEATHER? IT GETS NICE IN THE AFTERNOONS BUT SOMETIMES I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG, THE PHOTOS MUST BE TAKEN!
I FOUND A SKIFF IN FOWLER COUNTRY (WEST OLYMPIA). IT WAS ON CRAIGS LIST AND CAPTAIN ERIK FOUND IT. THEY CALLED IT A SKUNK ISLAND SKIFF, BUILT BY THE SCHOOL AT HADLOCK. 12 FEET LONG AND 4 FEET WIDE AND MADE OF PLYWOOD, I WANTED A RED CEDAR SKIFF BUT THIS WILL DO UNTIL I CAN FIND ONE OF THOSE. AL IS PAINTING HER FOR ME.. GREEN HULL AND TUG GRAY INSIDE AND YOU KNOW THAT THE WEATHER HAS BEEN GREAT.
HAD A BIG TUGBOAT RACE IN SEATTLE HARBOR AND IT WAS WON BY TWO OLDER BOATS WHERE HULL LINES WIN OVER HORSEPOWER. SKIP WON THE BIG BOYS CLASS WITH HIS WORLD WAR II 1,200 HORSEPOWER MIKI THE “GALENE” AND THE “PARTHIA” WON THE SMALL CLASS. WHAT FUN!! JULI”S VIDEO OF THE TUG RACE CAN BE VIEWED AT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzApu8bCfGY&feature=youtu.be JULI TALLINO ALSO SENT ME SOME STILL SHOTS OF THE RACE. THANKS JULI.
I STARTED A NEW PROJECT. IT SEEMS LIKE MY FRIEND MIKE SHERLOCK SENT ME 250 PHOTOS ON OLD ALASKA FROM THE TWEET COLLECTION. THEY ARE PICTURES OF CANNERY OPERATIONS AND CANNERY TENDERS AND CRASHED AIRPLANES AND PEOPLE. OF COURSE THAT LED ME INTO MY FILES AND I FOUND ANOTHER 150 PICTURES OF CANNERY TENDERS AND THEN MARGIE AND I MADE A TRIP UP TO SEA OCEAN BOOKS AND THAT PRODUCED A BOOK ON WORK BOATS IN THE KETCHIKAN AREA. ANYWAY ALL THIS HAS LED TO 3 HUGE SCRAP BOOKS. RIGHT AFTER TUGS, CANNERY TENDERS ARE MY NEXT FAVORITE. USED TO BE THE SAME ARCHITECTURE USING HEAVY HULLS, GOOD POWER AND NICE LOOKING BOATS. PAT STOPPELMAN’S (MY BROTHER-IN-LAW) FIRST JOB WAS 2nd ENGINEER ON THE CANNERY TENDER “ALCO” AND I FOUND AN OLD PHOTO OF HIS TUG “INVERNESS”. NOW IF YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF OLD CANNERY TENDERS SEND THEM TO ME AND I WILL SCAN THEM INTO MY HARD DRIVE AND MAIL THEM BACK TO YOU. MARGIE BOUGHT ME A HAND SCANNER AND SO FAR I HAVE USED IT 360 TIMES AND IT IS QUICK AND EASY AND VERY PORTABLE. OR, IF THEY ARE ON YOUR HARD DRIVE, YOU CAN ALWAYS EMAIL THEM TO ME. [REALLY SOUNDS LIKE I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON!]
"INVERNESS" WAS A PAT STOPPELMAN TUG.
RON BURCHETT AT SEA.
CAPT. ERIK HAS THE HEAD END WITH OUR "GRACE". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. TOM RUNNING THE "DIXIE" WITH THE "CAPE GREIG" ALONGSIDE JUST CLEARING THE FREMONT BRIDGE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. ERIK'S FORREST. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" PUSHING HARD. CAPT. TOM ALWAYS HAS HER IN THE COMPANY CORNER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"ISLAND BREEZE" RUNNING LIGHT, USUALLY SHE IS MADE UP TO A "BIG BARGE". SHE IS THE EX "CHINOOK" AND I HAVE HER NAME BOARD ON DISPLAY ON OUR HOUSEBOAT. SHE COMES BY TWICE A DAY AND ALWAYS WAVES OR SIGNALS JUST LIKE IN THE OLD DAYS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SHE LOOKS LIKE A CG 95 FOOTER ANY ONE KNOW HER STORY?. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
CROWLEY'S "GUARDSMAN" THAT INVADER CLASS OF TUGS IS THE PRETTIEST EVER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO
STAR MARINE'S TUG "RED BLUFF" IS PUSHING AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION'S BARGE "SKAGIT" AND TUG "TULALIP". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"RED BLUFF" PUSHING BARGE "SKAGIT" JUST UNDER AURORA BRIDGE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"RED BLUFF" PUSHING AMERICAN CRANE BARGE "SNOHOMISH". MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
QUICK LITTLE HAIL STORM IN MAY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
KIRBY TUG IN THEIR NEW COLORS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
QUIGG BROTHERS TUG "MARY MARGARET" PUSHING THEIR CRANE BARGE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARINA MAY'S BIRTHDAY HAT. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
HEIDI, MARINA AND CAPT. ERIK.
HMS "SURPRISE" MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO RUN INTO THESE GUYS IN A DARK ALLEY. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GATOR" WITH NEW BULWARKS, ETC,. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO,
MR. RICHIE CHIEF COOK AND BOTTLE WASHER. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT.TOM IS UNHAPPY HE DID NOT GET ANY SPRINKLES ON HIS CAKE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
FRED DAHL'S "TRITON" (EX-SEA LION). HE MISSED THE BIG RACE... WORK COMES FIRST,. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
OUR NORTHLAKE WAY HAS NOT BEEN PAVED SINCE THE 1950s OF COURSE NEITHER HAS THE REST OF THE TOWN. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARGIE ALL DRESSED UP FOR THE BIG SCHOOL AUCTION. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BATMAN IN HIS NEW SPOT THAT WE BUILT FOR HIM. HE LOOKS VERY DIGNIFIED BUT I KNOW BETTER. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"NEW STAR" A DNR DERILICT IS BEING SCRAPPED. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
JUST BARELY CAUGHT THE "LISA M" GOING BY SHE IS OUR OLD "FREMONT 105" MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
HEIDI AND HER BIRTHDAY CAKE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING "CONSTELLATION" FROM NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD TO BALLARD. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
OPENING DAY STEAM STERN WHEELER NOW THAT'S REALLY NEAT. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
WESTERN'S "OCEAN TITAN" ON OPENING DAY AS FAR AS I COULD TELL HE WAS SWINGING COMPASS IN LAKE UNION. NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A WELL KEPT TUG. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BONNIE AND MARGIE EXCHANGED GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS AND BIRTHDAYS. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MARGIE EXCHANGING GIFTS WITH BONNIE.MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
ISLAND'S "PATRICA S" UP IN THE LAKE. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
ARE TOM & ERIK PICKING ON RICHIE? NO THEY ARE ALL JUST HAVING FUN. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
UNOFFICIAL OFFICIAL TUG RACE RESULTS
WE SAW SKIP GO OUT AND COME BACK IN WITH THE “GALENE’ EXCEPT WHEN HE CAME BACK HE WAS FLYING THE CHECKERED FLAG. HE AND HIS WORLD WAR II MIKI WON THE TUGBOAT RACE.THANKS TO JULI TALLINO FOR THE VIDEO AND THE STILL PHOTOS OF THE RACE.
"GALENE" AND HER CHECKERED FLAG. PHOTO BY JULI TALLINO.
SKIP SUTTMEIER OWNER AND CAPTAIN OF THE "GALENE" WITH HIS SERIOUS FACE ON. HE IS A FIERCE COMPETITOR BUT MOST OF THE TIME HE HAS A BIG GRIN ON HIS FACE. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GALENE" THEY WERE THE ULTIMATE GOOD LOOKING WOOD TUG. UNK PHOTOGRAPHER.
"GALENE" LEAVING HER BERTH IN LAKE UNION. MARK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"GALENE" RETURNING WITH CHECKERED FLAG FLYING. MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"PARTHIA" IS BUILT JUST LIKE A CANOE. IN THE OLD DAYS IT WAS VERY HANDY TO HAVE THIN BOATS. FIRST, THEY WERE EASY TO DRIVE AND SECOND, YOU COULD WORK BETWEEN THE LOG RAFTS BETTER THAN A FAT BOAT AND IF YOU WERE THIN AND DOUBLE ENDED THAT WAS A GREAT COMBINATION. JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
"PATRON" SHE WAS RIC'S FEARLESS AND STARTED HER LIFE AS THE "RUBY II". JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
A PUSH OFF BETWEEN FOSS & ISLAND. JULI TALLINO PHOTO.
HOUSE BARGE TOW BY "JEEP" &."HALFTRACK". MARGIE FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" MAKING UP TO "SPIRIT OF '98. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO
WE TOWED THE "FOSS 300" DOWN TO SAM LeCLERCQ'S SHIPYARD TO PICK A BRAND NEW TWIN SCREW SHALLOW DRAFT SEINER UP AND SET IT IN THE WATER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
HERE IS A BETTER VIEW OF THE SEINER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SAUSE BROTHERS TUG "NATOMA" TIED UP AT FOSS SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING KIRBY TUG "PACIFIC FREEDOM". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
KIRBY TUG IN DRYDOCK AT FOSS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
KIRBY TUG----------------GETTING WET. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
SIG HANSEN'S CRAB BOAT "NORTHWESTERN" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN AS SEEN ON DEADLIEST CATCH. WOW THE TV SHOW IS REALLY TUNED UP THIS SEASON. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT. TOM IN "JEEP" LEANING ON "NORDIC MARINER" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CLOSE QUARTERS AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
BRIDALS ON, GETTING READY TO TIGHT LINE "BRISTOL MARINER" AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
TAYLOR GOING FOR A BOAT RIDE BEHIND THE "JEEP". ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
STEAMER "VIRGINIA V" GOT A NEW STEM AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN AND SHE WAS JUST LAUNCHED. MY DAD "DOC' OWNED HER FOR A WHILE DURING WW II. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
GOT THE "VIRGINIA V" OUT IN THE STREAM. DID YOU KNOW HER HOUSE GOT KNOCKED OFF HER DURING A BIG BLOW IN THE 1930s WHEN SHE WENT UNDER THE DOCK IN WEST PASS? ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" GETTING READY TO SHIFT KIRBY TUG. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING QUIGG BROTHERS PORTA BARGE TO FOSS FOR LOADING FORK LIFTS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
MAKING ROOM AT PACIFIC FISHERMEN:HANGING "OCEAN FURY" AT LOCK WALL "JEEP" BACKING ON HER. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
UNDOCKING EX CROWLEY TUG "PATHFINDER"AT STABBERT'S AFTER REPAIRING BOTTOM AFTER SHE WENT ON BLIGH REEF. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" SHIFTING OCEAN PIONEER AT STABBERTS. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
CAPT TOM AND "JEEP" GETTING READY TO DRYDOCK "AMATULI" AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. NEW PLATING FOR ICE DAMAGE? ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
"DIXIE" GETTING READY TO SHIFT "PAVLOF" INTO DRYDOCK AT NORTHLAKE SHIPYARD. ERIK FREEMAN PHOTO.
KEITH STERNBERG TRYING OUT HIS NEW STEAM LOCOMOTIVE THAT HE BUILT.
OUR LADY ON COMMODORE WAY, JULI TALLINO, SENT US TUG RACE PHOTOS AND A VIDEO PLUS TWO MORE PHOTOS OF BOATS OUT ON THE HARD. THANKS JULI!
"SUMMER WIND" OUT ON THE HARD. SHE WAS A COAST & GEODETIC SURVEY BOAT . TWO WERE BUILT AND THEY ARE JUST BEAUTIFUL WOOD BOATS. PHOTO BY JULI TALLINO.
"HECATE RANGER" OUT ON THE HARD. SHE WAS A CANADIAN BOAT. PHOTO BY JULI TALLINO.
"SEA TREK" SEE ATTACHED LETTER FROM KYLE STUBBS.
OUR MAN IN COOS BAY, BOB RICHARDSON, CATCHES A LOT OF VERY INTERESTING THINGS GOING IN AND OUT OF COOS BAY. THANKS BOB & GINNA.
"NORTH BEND" PILOT BOAT WAITING FOR THE SHIP TO CATCH UP . NO REASON TO GO OUTSIDE UNTIL YOU HAVE TO IN THIS KIND OF WEATHER. LOOK AT THE SWELL BREAKING ON THE SOUTH JETTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"NORTH BEND" LEADING CANADIAN TUG "GENERAL JACKSON" AND HER TOW TO THE BAR. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
LAST TRIP INTO COOS BAY FOR THE "GENERAL JACKSON". BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
THEY MUST HAVE HAD A REAL RIDE ON THE "GENERAL JACKSON" WITH ALL THAT WHITE WATER ON THE SOUTH JETTY. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
PILOT BOAT "NORTH BEND" GOING AFTER ANOTHER SHIP. THEY KEEP HER SO CLEAN THAT YOU COULD EAT OFF THE ENGINE. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
"DIAMOND HARBOUR" OUTBOUND WITH A PORT LIST OR GOING A LITTLE FAST IN THE TURN. BOB RICHARDSON PHOTO.
OUR MAN IN COSMOPOLIS AND ON DUNLAP TUGS, SCOTT SCHOCH, GETS AROUND AND TAKES PHOTOS OF MANY THINGS. THANKS SCOTT!
"BARBARA FOSS". SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
U. S. NAVY CRANE BARGE AND TRACTOR TUG. SCOTTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
"JAMES T QUIGG" AND OIL BARGE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
"BRYAN S" AND HER OIL BARGE "HMS 2000" WHICH STANDS FOR HARLEY MARINE SERVICE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
- “ISLAND VENTURE” PUSHING A MANSON BARGE. SCOTT SCHOCH PHOTO.
OUR MAN ON WHIDBEY ISLAND, STAN WILLHIGHT, SENDS ON THESE NEAT PHOTOS.
1-18-1989 "IVER FOSS" AT SEATTLE. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
1-18-1989 SMALL FOSS BOAT IN EVERETT, I NEVER DID KNOW ITS NAME. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
1=27-1989 "CLAUDIA FOSS" ASSISTING A SHIP AT ANACORTES. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
NOV.1960 "ISLAND IMP" WITH TOP RIDER RAFT. UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER.
3-15-2013 JUST LAUNCHED "ROBERT FRANCO" AT LANGLEY DOCK. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
2-3-2013 "HEIDI L. BRUSCO" OFF PORT TOWNSEND. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
2-3-2013 "HEIDI L. BRUSCO" OFF PORT TOWNSEND. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
9-21-1986 "EVCO BREEZE" ISNT SHE A BEAUTY. STAN WILLHIGHT PHOTO.
9-4-1988 "PATRICA ANN" ONE OF MARGIE'S TUGS. KEN BRODIE PHOTO.
7-24-1988 "SEASPAN CHARGER". KEN BRODIE PHOTO.
7-24-1988 "NORTH ARM CHAMPION" KEN BRODIE PHOTO SENT IN BY STAN WILLHIGHT.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SENT IN PICTURES AND FACTS SO THAT I CAN SHARE ALL THIS INFORMATION ONE PHOTO AT A TIME. I CAN SCAN AND COPY ANYTHING THAT YOU SEND ME AND RETURN IT TO YOU GOOD AS NEW. STEVE OVER AT BALLARD PRINTING DOES A WONDERFUL JOB OF COPYING SCRAPBOOKS. HE ALSO MAKES UP PART OF MY CALENDAR ORDER. MY SUPER SCANNING TOOL LETS ME COPY RIGHT OUT OF THE BOOK OR WHAT EVER I WANT TO COPY’
1. AN 8V-71 AND OR A 6-71 DETROIT DIESEL.
2. A 509 TWIN DISC 3:1 REDUCTION GEAR.
3. OLD CARY-DAVIS & PUGET SOUND TUG & BARGE PHOTOS.
4. OLD CANNERY TENDER PHOTOS.
5. CHERYL ANN MODEL TUGS.
WE BUY OLD TUGBOAT AND MARINE PHOTOS AND COLLECTIONS.
THANKS TO EVERYONE AND A HAPPY FATHER’S DAY: MARK & MARGIE FREEMAN, CAPTAINS ERIK AND THOMAS.
MARK FREEMAN’S MARITIME MUSEUM, FREMONT BOAT CO., & FREMONT TUGBOAT CO.
AL, SANDY, RICHIE, MISS BLUE AND PEANUT AND THE THREE CATS
BATMAN, RAZ AND ‘GUARDIAN OF THE GATE’ INDY.
"VAMOOSE" A PAT STOPPELMAN TUG.