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Pendrell Sound for 5 days

Pendrell Sound is one of those places I almost don’t want to write about – I’m afraid raving about how much we love it will make more people go and it will become crowded. But I know realistically this is nothing to worry about – because everybody already knows about it, and there’s plenty of […]

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S. S. CITY OF SEATTLE, an illustrious career from Puget Sound to Alaska

The outstanding event of 1890 on Puget Sound was the arrival of the new steamer  CITY OF SEATTLE from Philadelphia. When the vessel steamed into Seattle Harbor on 26 Dec 1890, she provided a fitting climax to a year marked by tremendous growth in Puget Sound shipping. Twenty-four steamboats were launched on the Sound that […]

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Boats Afloat Show gearing up for 40th year

August is fully upon us, and while we don’t like wishing away any of the summer, it’s hard not to think about the upcoming Boat’s Afloat Show on South Lake Union. Seattle’s 40th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show launches September 13th – 16th. With over 225 new and used vessels on display, you can tour […]

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Reliable Racing at Olympia Harbor Days 2012 (photo by Tom Blackwood)

Tug of the Month | RELIABLE

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 customarily shipped small tugs aboard larger transport ships for harbor duties in remote bases. From 1945 to 1956, ST 908 was stationed in ports as disparate as those […]

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Taking the Johnstone Strait Express Train

As we sailed through Race Passage in Johnstone doing 6 knots over water and 8-10 knots over ground, with pretty much flat water, we marveled at the conditions. Easy downwind sailing in Johnstone on a sunny, warm day – it can’t be often that this happens, and we felt really lucky. We went through all […]

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A view east down Forward Harbour from the anchorage at Douglas Bay. (Photo by Salish Sea Pilot)

Forward Harbour welcome

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… The crew had grown tired of pounding into the lumpy result of wind against current in Johnstone Strait, so we opted to zig into Chancellor Channel and zag up Wellbore Channel where there was relief in the stillness. We took the flow up through Whirlpool Rapids, […]

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