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Wallace Foss Circa 1934 - cropped image from Foss Maritime Company Archives

Tug of the Month: WALLACE FOSS

The long-lived tug WALLACE FOSS was built in 1897 in Tacoma’s “Old Town” by Steven Barbare for use in the Klondike Gold Rush. She was originally designed as a passenger vessel and at first was christened the Oscar B. Gordon Newell’s 1960 comprehensive history, “Ships of the Inland Sea” lists her as rebuilt in 1899, from a […]

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AMELIE, 1933. Built at Pt. Blakely, WA in 1925 as a tender for Sunny Point Packing Co. She is in documentation in 2018 at Ketchikan. AP photo from the archives of the Saltwater People Historical Society.©

‘Glacier Priest’, explorer with a heart for Alaska

Text with this photo states, “Father Bernard R. Hubbard, S.J., famous ‘Glacier Priest,’ led an exploration party through the wild and remote regions of the Alaska Peninsula last summer, checking geological changes in the volcanic region and discovering a new harbor in the crater of Bogoslov, a marine volcano known as “the Disappearing Island of […]

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Heart Strings family photo.

Tug of the Month | Heart Strings

HEART STRINGS is a tug boat type not usually seen in the waters of Puget Sound; a “log bronc,” also known as “boom boats” or “booming beavers.” She was built in 1956 by L.S. Baier Company of Oregon as a steel hulled log bronc and worked assembling log rafts on the Columbia River for Portland-area mills […]

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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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