Archive for December, 2012

RTA members learn new skills

Monday, December 3rd, 2012


F/V Shenandoah – 1925

Owning a vintage tugboat is hard work, they require a lot of upkeep and having the woodworking/shipwright skills to do the work yourself is a big help.  Even if you hire out all the work, it’s good to have some knowledge of how this work is suppose to be done.  This past weekend the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor held a planking workshop lead by their resident shipwright Nate Slater.  Participants received hands on instruction on the removal and replacement of a large plank on the vintage fishing vessel Shenandoah, built in 1925 in Gig Harbor.

Master shipwright Nate Slater works with students to plane down a large hunk of clear doug fir for the new plank

Several RTA members took advantage of this opportunity to learn some new skills that would help them in the upkeep and restoration of their own vessels.  The Harbor History museum plans on having more of these hands on classes and they’re also looking for volunteers to help with the restoration of the F/V Shenandoah.

RTA members Bill Soderberg (Tug Iver), Marshall Rydell and Harry Rydell (Tug Joe) use a bandsaw to cut the new plank

To see more photos from the workshop, click here.