Category Archives: Shipyards

WW II Minesweeper Tradition Continues in Seattle

History Repeats Itself at Pacific Fishermen Yard Almost every kind of boat imaginable has traveled up and down the Seattle Ship Canal and through the locks over the last 100 years, but few of the thousands of crew or passengers … Continue reading

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2015: Coastal Transportation Sets a New STANDARD

Coastal Transportation Pioneers TTS sideport loading system in USA After more than 30 years of weekly liner service to Western Alaska with a fleet of five or six small fish tender vessels specifically designed for service between Seattle and the … Continue reading

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Fred Wahl: 25 Years in Reedsport and 40 Boats

This summer has seen a couple of notable milestones at Fred Wahl Marine Inc, the boat builder in Reedsport on the central Oregon Coast. Wahl began business here on the Umpqua River in July 1991, 25 years ago, and the … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Collecting Early Tools

An Assignment for the National Fisherman Yearbook in 1989 “If I only had the right tool for the job”- this is often the do-it-yourselfer’s lament. When you have áll the tools you need, another problem may threaten your workspace – … Continue reading

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100 Years of History for Seattle’s Ship Canal and Locks

The Lake Washington Ship Canal and the locks that connect Lake Union to Puget Sound is such an integral part of the city that it’s practically impossible to imagine life without them. Whether you are boating, paddling or just strolling … Continue reading

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The Salvage Chief-Still Going Strong at 70

When an empty fuel barge went on the rocks of North Head last month, the US Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology were in charge of a salvage effort led by Sause Brothers (owners of the barge) and … Continue reading

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2011: Black Ball’s Port Angeles-Victoria Ferry Coho Turns 50

In 55 Years, MV Coho Has “Never Missed a Day!” As I write this, it’s May and the boating season is well under way in the Pacific Northwest. For the most active sailboat racers, that means they are preparing for … Continue reading

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1994: Small is Beautiful at Nexus Marine P.Marsh

After a few years, I think all of us develop a system for viewing the Seattle Boat Show. When I finally reach the main floor, my plan involves dodging between glittering runabouts and towering cruisers to find what Nexus Marine … Continue reading

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A Sailor’s Guide to R.V. Atlantis and “Inner Space”

Last year I had the opportunity to tour the 274′ R.V. (research vessel) Atlantis and its famous submersible Alvin while it was docked in Astoria. Alvin is probably the best known craft of its type in the world, having appeared … Continue reading

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The Great Astoria Ferry War of 1927

Astorians Recall the Ferry Ride to Megler, Washington 2016 Update: the Tourist No. 2 returned to Astoria! Walk to the foot of 12th Street and you will see a plaque and a few old pilings–all that is left of a … Continue reading

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