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Tug Parthia salvaged, pulled from the water and ready for restoration. Photo by Karla Fowler.

Sunken historic tug Parthia raised, returned to Olympia

When Parthia, one of Olympia’s longest working and oldest tugboats sank in Hood Canal in early August, 2017 several members of the nonprofit South Sound Maritime Heritage Association (SSMHA) swung into rescue and refloat action.  More than three months later, on November 16, after hundreds of hours of planning and volunteer, donated and contracted work, and two […]

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The blaze was captured by drone (courtesy of Brian Muscatell). Click on image to view.

Links: A wild, unfortunate weekend for Puget Sound boaters

Though the weather was gorgeous for boating over the weekend around Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, there were also a series of unfortunate happenings as well. Here’s a quick roundup of links on several incidences: Saturday night/Sunday morning: Active Shooter in Eagle Harbor — A standoff at Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor ended early Sunday morning […]

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A derelict boat is carried by a helicopter from Cowichan Bay on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The vessel was one of six removed from the estuary by local businesses. Photograph by Denise Gibson.

This is one way to get rid of derelict boats…

Last week several Cowichan Bay, BC businesses came together to remove derelict boats that posed a risk to the environment and public safety. “There has been a lot of talk about the problem of derelict boats, but no one seemed ready to take action,” Brian Thacker, owner of Pacific Industrial & Marine, said in a […]

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Dock Talk: Cautionary tales from Reid Harbor

As most local boaters know, the Washington State Parks system struggles to maintain the large amount of infrastructure that makes up the marine parks and, occasionally, the lack of maintenance creates dangerous situations. Over Memorial Day weekend we were in Reid Harbor and were going out to prawn at high slack when we noticed a white […]

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