Archive for March, 2012


Monday, March 19th, 2012


Please R.S.V.P. for any of the cruises below.

APRIL 14, SATURDAY “Volunteer and Supporters Appreciation Cruise” 1100-1700   If you have volunteered on Comanche or have supported her in other ways, or you would like to become a volunteer or supporter, you and a friend or family member(s) are welcome to ride along as we explore the Hylesbos Waterway where the “World’s Most Famous” derelict ferry the Kalakala is tied up… and see other sites along the way.  No set charge but the donation buckets will be out as it is also a fund raising event.  Comanche needs a thousand plus gallons of fuel for the summer cruising schedule thus this cruise is also the Spring Fundraiser (all donations are tax deductible.)   Be aboard Comanche at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St. S., Tacoma by 1100 amComanche will return to the dock about 1830 (6:30pm).  Bring something to eat (and perhaps share like a ‘pot luck’) and drink (alcohol ok), lawn chair if you’d like and camera.   If you have a USCG approved life-jacket, bring that, too… but it is not a requirement.  Dress accordingly for the weather.  Galley (kitchen) and refrigerators work as to do the heads (bathrooms.)  No pets and please keep watch on your children; no handicap accessibility on board.  All riders must sign a release. This is a ‘rare mileage’ cruise… you’ll see Kalakala up close, other interesting and unusual ships, sea lions and so forth and we plan on doing a ‘drop anchor’ training.         See Comanche Album



May 12, SATURDAY  “A DAY AT THE RACES!”  0800 off to Seattle Maritime Fest and World’s Bigest Tugboat Races…. An all day cruise leaving Tacoma Foss Waterway Seaport at 0800 (8:00am) to watch the races from Elliot Bay (Seattle) on Comanche and linger in the Seattle area before heading over to Bremerton in the mid-afternoon.  ETA Bremerton 1800 (6pm).  An all day adventure.  (Note: Those wishing to disembark from Comanche in Seattle will be given a ride on the ASB shore boat to the public dock down town Seattle but will have to arrange for their own transportation home from there (public or private.)  Recommended donation is fifty-dollars for ride along.  Rides back to Tacoma from Bremerton will be arranged for those who reserve a space before May 10th.   Comanche will remain in Bremerton returning to Tacoma on June 2nd

In Bremerton, Comanche will be open for public tours on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 19th down town marina. 

Sunday May 20th Comanche will move from Bremerton to Port Orchard with riders welcome for a five dollar donation.  Time to be announced. 

May 25-27th Port Orchard, Kitsap Harbor Fest Memorial Day weekend, Comanche will be open to the public at the marina down town Port Orchard. For questions please email or call (253) 227-9678.  Comanche will be available at the dock for private tours/parties during its time in Bremerton-Port Orchard.




June 2, Saturday, Comanche will cruise from Port Orchard to Tacoma leaving Port O at 1000 and arriving in Tacoma at the Foss Waterway Seaport about 1500 or 3:00pm.  Ride along for a suggested donation of forty dollars, bring a lunch and drink.


TACOMA:  JUNE 2 to July 19th at Dock A, Foss Waterway Seaport.

Comanche will be open to dock side tours.

On the FOURTH OF JULY we’ll be anchored out for the Fourth of July Air Show featuring for the first time in the Northwest the F-22 Raptor (See )   Those interested in joining us on Fourth of July please contact us details.  (253) 227-9678


JULY 19th, THURSDAY, Comanche will depart Tacoma for Seattle to take on fuel (tentative). 

Departing Tacoma at 1100, eta Seattle 1600 (4pm).  Suggest ride along to Seattle is forty dollar donation.  Comanche will spend the night in Seattle.  Those departing in Seattle must arrange own transportation home.  Those wishing to spend the night on Comanche and continue to Port Townsend contact us… space is limited. Camping on deck is also permitted.  Suggested donation for the over-night ride from Tacoma to Port Townsend is one hundred dollars or from Seattle to Port Townsend is sixty dollars.  Bring own food and drink.

JULY 20th, FRIDAY, Comanche leaves Seattle and cruises to Port Townsend for the

PORT TOWNSEND JAZZ FESTIVAL July 21 to 29thComanche will depart Seattle at 0700 with eta Port Townsend at 1800 (6:00pm).  Ride along from Seattle for a suggested sixty-dollars donation to the fuel fund.  Or arrange own transpiration home.  Bring something to eat and own drinks.  Land transportation back to Tacoma is an additional ten dollars for those who have reserved a spot by July 20th.

….Comanche will remain at the Northwest Maritime Museum down town Port Townsend until the end of July.  Comanche will also be providing some live Jazz on board.



JULY 30th Monday, Comanche will depart Port Townsend for Seattle with a possible stop at the Port Townsend Keyport ferry dock on Whitby Island for those wishing to depart and ride the ferry back to Port Townsend.  Suggested donation for riding Comanche from Port Townsend to Whitby Island is ten dollars.

Estimated time of arrival in Seattle tba. 

Comanche will remain in Seattle until August 5th.

AUGUST 5th, Sunday COMANCHE will depart Seattle for Tacoma.  Tba.


TACOMA, AUGUST 5th to 30th, Foss Waterway Seaport.

Comanche will be open to the public at the dock.

August 24-26 is Tacoma’s Maritime Fest when Comanche will be open to the public at the Foss Waterway Seaport.  To visit Comanche at other times call (253) 227-9678 for visiting hours.  Volunteers welcome!


AUGUST 30, Thursday, Comanche will depart Tacoma for Olympia Harbor Days and annual tug rendezvous.  Suggested donation for the cruise to Olympia is fifty-dollars, bring a lunch and drink.  Leaving Tacoma at 0900, eta Olympia is 1600 (4pm) or before.

Comanche will remain in Olympia moored down town for Harbor Days events returning to Tacoma on

LABOR DAY, September 3rd.  This is Comanche last open to the public cruise for the year.  For details contact us.  Recommended donation is fourty dollars.



September 7, 8 and 9 at the Foss Waterway Seaport docks in Tacoma will be what might become the LAST MODOC REUNION with COMANCHE.   Former Coast Guard crews will gather for a joint reunion with the two former Coast Guard Cutters over the weekend.  Former crew who come early to Tacoma can ride aboard Comanche to Olympia on August 30 for free and/or the return cruise from Olympia to Tacoma on Sept 3rd.

For details contact MODOC/COMANCHE reunion at or call (253) 227-9678.  The two former Cutters will cruise together on Sunday, Sept 9th.  Comanche will escort Modoc back to Gig Harbor and return to Tacoma by mid-afternoon.  FREE for former Coast Guard crew and family.


COMANCHE 202 FOUNDATION, 403 GARFIELD ST. S. TACOMA, WA 98444  (253) 227-9678

Schedule subject to changes and/or cancelations.

All riders must sign a release form when boarding Comanche for any reason.

Comanche 202 Foundation is a non-profit organization for the restoration, preservation and operation of the former c. 1944 USN ATA 202 / USCGC WMEC 202 COMANCHE


Comanche is entirerly operated by volunteers.  There are no paid staff.

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME! No experienced necessary.


Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Retired Tugboat Association


March 30, 31 and April 1

Whittier’s dock & net shed in Gig Harbor

3309 Harborview Drive

Potluck at 5 pm on Saturday afternoon

Since De has the property for sale, this is likely the last chance to see the fantastic living and party space that Peter and De created. You have to see it to believe it.

There is room for 4 of the smaller tugs at Whittier’s float. Others can tie at the city dock, only one block away. We can make a list of motels and B&B’s available, or check out this list of places from Trip

Please RSVP to Robin or Kae Paterson, 253-858-3147 or, and let us know if you are coming, for how many days and if by boat or car, so we can make plans.