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Video: Tour Ben Seaborn’s fabulous Thunderbirds, classic family boats for racing & cruising

Our friends at OffCenterHarbor.com have shared another great video with Three Sheets readers, and this one features a well known boat in the PNW: the Thunderbird. CLICK HERE or on the image below and enjoy! While Off Center Harbor is gracious to share content with us, they are also a membership website with hundreds of helpful and insightful videos […]

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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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Resolute, a life of training and education at sea

Resolute, a Luders 44′ Midshipmen Naval Training Yawl which served the United States Navy and The Evergreen State College’s academic programs has been given a new life. In 1939, 12 Philippine mahogany planked vessels were commissioned by the Annapolis Naval Academy, built and delivered by the Luders Shipyard in 1942.  These wooden yawls operated for […]

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The Year of the Winch

The anchor winch on the Gyrfalcon is a major piece of work. Built in 1941, it has been lifting the anchors ever since. The anchors are no toys – each one weighs around 600 pounds. The port anchor has around 100 feet of heavy chain, followed by around 600 feet of steel cable. The starboard […]

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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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