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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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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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Patos Island Light Station,
an active aid to navigation in the San Juan Islands.
Active Cove is a favorite anchorage of fishermen and yachtsmen and the historic place for unloading supplies from the Coast Guard vessels. Photograph by the US Coast Guard.

Life at the Patos Island Light Station in 1959

Patos Island was discovered by a Spanish explorer in 1791. We trailed local author June Burn when she visited the island for an article for her 100 Days in the San Juans series for the Seattle P-I in 1946. Let’s return with well-known historian/journalist Lucile McDonald when she stopped to visit the resident Coast Guard crew manning the station […]

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SKANSIE BROTHERS SHIPYARD. GIG HARBOR, WA. Original 1927 photo from the archives of 
the Saltwater People Historical Society©

Gig Harbor’s industrious Skansie Bros. Shipyard

“The Skansie Bros. Shipyard was established at Gig Harbor, WA, specializing in the construction of the heavy-duty gasoline vessels which were fast replacing other types in the fishing industry of the Northwest. The first craft built by the Skansie brothers, Peter, Andrew, Mitchell, and Joseph, at their new shipyard was the 65-ft fishing vessel OCEANIA, launched in […]

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