Archive for October, 2012

The Felicity Ann Project

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012


Ann Davison was the first woman to sail solo across an ocean, she did it in a 23ft wood sloop called Felicity Ann.  The boat was in poor shape, so it was donated to the Northwest School of Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA.  A young woman working with the Community Boat Building Project saw this boat as an opportunity to develop a program to help at risk girls gain self-esteem, stay in school and learn to use tools and build something.  She convinced the school to let her use the Felicity Ann in her program and have the girls restore her.   These are excerpts from their website.   It’s a really wonderful program but they need donations, money and or tools.


Felicity Ann might look like simply a boat, but she represents an amazing journey of courage and persistence. Ann Davison sailed Felicity Ann across the Atlantic in 1952 – the first female solo crossing. This was and still is an amazing accomplishment.

The Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building was fortunate to acquire this boat and we are now in the exciting process of restoring her to her original beauty.

Felicity Ann has been in storage for years, waiting for us to renew her special spirit. She is an icon for the empowerment of women.Her history is deserving of the respect that a restoration would represent. We hope you can join us in this vision!

Our Restoration Plan

 Felicity Ann is a symbol of human effort and strength. From conception, this sloop was destined to inspire and empower people, and here at the Community Boat Project/Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, we believe she is ready to continue doing just that.

In the last three years, our Port Townsend High School Students and community volunteers have constructed three wooden Longdories ranging from 24-29 feet.Our participants also built our boat shop, located up the hill at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is now creating  a community volunteer project. In this program, we hope to develop maritime learning experiences for the community. We are especially interested in working with at-risk young Ladies, High school age and up, with an interest in learning hands on skills. From woodworking to sailing to art projects, we generally do a lot in a day, we hope you will find a way to join us.

When Felicity Ann is ready to be launched, she may be used as a sail-training vessel or a floating museum.

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Another great RTA rendezvous at Dockton State Park, Vashon

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Dockton RTA Rendezvous


The occasional shower (and one downpour) did nothing to dampen the Dockton RTA Rendezvous. It turned into a lovely weekend. 10 RTA member boats spent  Saturday showing off their boats and giving folks the opportunity to get on board a “real” tugboat. So many of our visitors thanked us for bringing the boats to Dockton.  This has become a popular fall weekend event on Vashon Island and we had lots of interested tug enthusiasts young and old walking the docks.




Brian Parke brought his new (to him) 1937 steel tug Patrón.   Brian delighted visitors by starting the tugs vintage washington engine several times during Saturdays open boat tours.


The rain stopped in time for the Saturday night potluck hosted by George Hill and Wende Johnson (Tug Parthia).  Plenty of good food shared with great friends.  Wende and George provided  several racks of delicious ribs as the main dish and everyone else brought a side dish or desert.  No one left hungry!

Sunday morning was calm and warm.  Bill Soderberg and Juli Tallino hosted the first annual Pancake Potluck on the dock.  It was truly a group effort with the Sea Scouts providing the cook stove, Tug Galene brought out a table and RTA members provided juice, sausage and more bacon to share with the group.  You can never have enough bacon!

A very special thank you to George and Wende for once again hosting a great rendezvous.  It’s one of our favorites and everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the weekend.   We look forward to doing it again next year.

Thanks also to Tugs Thea Belle, Parthia, Galene, Patrón, Joe, Reliance, R.W. Confer and Thistle Dew, also M/V Costero and Sea Scout boat R.E. Gillespie.

Pacific Marine Expo

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The Pacific Marine Expo is in November at CentryLink Field Event Center in Seattle and registration is free until November 26th, after that registration is $30.00. This is the boat show for commercial fishing and work boats, so it may have more relevance to a person looking for gear and equipment for thier tug than the Seattle Boat Show.

Dockton Update

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Hi Folks,

George Hill (Tug Parthia) wanted  to remind all the tugs coming to Dockton this weekend that moorage is already paid for all boats attending.  George’s company is picking up the tab once again for all moorage for the entire weekend.

A thank you letter from Northwest Seaport

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Several RTA members worked with Northwest Seaport to put on the event “Gold Rush Tugs” last Sunday, Sept. 29th.  The Arthur Foss (the newest entry on the RTA boat roster)  is a wonderful historic boat here in Seattle and hopefully events like these will help the NWSeaport to restore and protect this iconic tug.  The RTA presence included several tugs, Elmore, Reliable and Blueberry and a small display about our organization on the stern of the Arthur. Visit the RTA Facebook page to see videos of the Washington running on the Arthur and the Atlas running on the Elmore.

Here’s the text from the letter:

On behalf of Northwest Seaport board, staff and members, I wish to graciously thank you for your commitment to Gold Rush Tugboats.  Your sponsorship, partnership, volunteer commitment, and donations made this engaging event possible.  Families joining the fun really enjoyed themselves.

Together, we created and celebrated a first of-its-kind event at Lake Union Park’s Historic Ships Wharf.  In a conversation with Dee and Sara Meek, owners of the 1890 tugboat Elmore, we developed the idea of Gold Rush Tugboats to highlight Elmore & Arthur Foss, workboats of the Klondike Gold Rush era.  In fact, tugboats Blueberry & Reliable and steamship Virginia V welcomed visitors throughout the gorgeous day.

Northwest Seaport volunteers, staff and friends hosted nearly 400 people aboard Arthur Foss.  Moreover, Northwest Seaport re-established working relationships with you and others from Fremont Towing Company, Old Tacoma Marine, Retired Tugboats Association, National Park Service-Seattle Unit, Steamship Virginia V Foundation, Don McCune Library, Maritime Folknet, Buca di Beppo and author, Chuck Fowler.

Northwest Seaport is moving forward.  Staff, crew from our Job Skills and Work Exchange program and contractors completed many summer projects on Arthur Foss. I am happy to report they repainted nearly the entire ship, rebuilt the fuel pump and grey water system, fixed the rig and finished general maintenance projects.  Folks have been saying, “She looks great!”

Most recently, 4Culture awarded Northwest Seaport a $25,000 Landmark Challenge Grant.  The “challenge” is that we need to raise matching funds to unlock the award to revitalize electrical, pump and fire systems aboard Arthur Foss.  Your participation this weekend gives me great hope that Northwest Seaport will find matching funds quickly.  Please support our effort to make Arthur Foss a living ship museum by making a financial contribution and/or introducing us to potential donors.

Also, I invite you to become a Northwest Seaport member.  Your support is critical to our ability to serve the public.

Best Regards,
Otto Loggers

Dockton Rendezvous Flyer

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Maritime Workshop at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Thought this may be of interest to those members with big wooden tugs.  The Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor is hosting a Maritime Workshop on how to re-plank a wooden work boat hull.

December 1 & 2

Maritime Workshop: Planking; 2:00-5:00pm
The first of a series of maritime workshops taught by shipwright Nate Slater will begin this fall. This workshop will focus on wooden boat restoration. Participants will remove derelict planks from the 64-foot fishing vessel Shenandoah and learn traditional repair techniques, including making a pattern, grading and cutting plank materials, installation, and corking and paying of seams. Cost is $30 per person for Harbor History Museum members, $40 for non-members. Space is very limited due to one-on-one instruction provided. Contact for more information. Pre-registration is required; call (253)858-6722 to register, payment will be taken at time of registration.