The history of ferry names on Puget Sound

M.V. KLICKITAT approaching port of Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands archipelago, WA. February 4, 1962. Original photo by Fred Milkie, from the archives of the Saltwater People Log© What's the best name for a new ferry? The…

Tug of the month: RELIANCE

Tug Reliance 2015 Photo courtesy of LG Evans Maritime Images RELIANCE was built in 1909 in Bay Center on the eastern shore of Shoalwater Bay (now, Willapa Harbor). She was built for the E.E. Case Logging Company, and was a…

Tugs of the Month: Mini Jane B and Chauny C

The energy and determination of Dr. Robert Peck know no bounds.  When we left his story in Volume I of “Tugs at the Capital City” (2018), he had just completed work on his third mini or scale tug, the JANE B.  Here is her…

Tug of the Month: ELF

Special thanks to the late John W. Hough, maritime historian for his research and insights. The steam tug ELF was built in 1902 for Olson Towing Company by the highly-respected Tacoma shipyard Crawford and Reid.  She towed…

Video: Graveyard of the Pacific

Very interesting short documentary here by Oregon Public Broadcasting about the Graveyard of the Pacific...

Built at Ballard, Lost at Barrow

Schooner TRANSIT. Launched 1891, Salmon Bay, opposite Ballard, WA.Builder T. H. Petersen is front row, 2nd from the right, Mrs. Petersen is at the left. The schooner was built for E.P. Nissen, a merchant from San Francisco,…

Tug of the Month | RELIABLE

Reliable Racing at Olympia Harbor Days 2012 (photo by Tom Blackwood) RELIABLE was built in 1945 as ST (Small Tug) 908 for the US Army by Burger Boat of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The Army Transportation Corps during World War II…

Tug of the Month: ATKA

Atka in Budd Inlet at Olympia Harbor Days (lg Evans Marine Images) ATKA was designed by Albert Glaser and built by Albert and his son Alan Glaser beginning in 1972 and completed and launched in 1974-75, at Eagledale, Eagle…

Tug of the Month: WALLACE FOSS

Wallace Foss Circa 1934 - cropped image from Foss Maritime Company Archives The long-lived tug WALLACE FOSS was built in 1897 in Tacoma’s "Old Town” by Steven Barbare for use in the Klondike Gold Rush. She was originally…

#TBT: ASTA Tall Ships Challenge

From the September 2002 issue of 48° North by Peter Mikkalsen On a hot Thursday afternoon in August, curious onlookers lined the shores or took to their own boats to see the fleet of vintage ships sailing through central…