Author Archive | Les Eldridge

R.W. Confer Racing at Olympia Harbor Days 2016 (Photo courtesy of LG Evans Maritime Images)

Tug of the Month | R.W. CONFER

R.W. CONFER was built in 1930 in Portland, Oregon by Albina Shipyards, Engine and Machine Works (founded 1900). Albina was later sold to Dillingham Ship repair. CONFER’s hull is an unusual design, but is unique to the Pacific Northwest towing community. It is a “tunnel hull,” with the outer parts of the hull bottom lower […]

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Comanche underway at the Seattle Maritime Tugboat races. Photo courtesy of LG Evans Maritime Images.

Tug of the Month: Comanche

COMANCHE is the most recent US Navy or Coast Guard vessel to bear the name, a name that frames a storied nautical tradition. She was built by Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works of Port Arthur, Texas in 1944, commissioned, and designated an ATA (Ocean Tug, Auxiliary) with no name, as USS ATA 202. She supported […]

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Tug of the Month: PATRÓN

PATRÓN is unusual, if not unique, in two aspects: She was purpose-built (for a specific project) and, after construction, she was cut into four sections so she could be shipped by railroad flat car to the project site, high in Washington State’s northern Cascade Mountains. Further, she was the first of her type on Puget […]

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Tug of the Month: Parthia

The venerable tug PARTHIA was built in Winslow, Bainbridge Island, Washington by James Hall in 1906. She is 50 feet length over all, with an 11 foot beam and 4 foot 9 inch draft. PARTHIA towed for the Pacific Tugboat Company in 1910, and was then owned by a man named Lermond in 1912. At this time, […]

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