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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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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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