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Welcome Aboard!

The Retired Tugboat Association is a community of tugboats & work boats, mostly older and retired or semi-retired, and tugboat & work boat enthusiasts. We are mostly located in the Pacific Northwest, although we do have representation on the North Coast, the "Right Coast," and the rest of the, er, Left Coast! We get together to share tall tales and information about buying, selling, owning, maintaining, and appreciating these unique boats, with their interesting character and histories.

This is our "netshed" on the Web, a place to share those tall tales, advice, sightings, and pictures. Have a look around, add your own tall tales, and let us know what else you'd like to see!

If you're interested in becoming a member, please fill out and return our Membership/Boat Info form. Thanks, and welcome aboard!


2011 Spring Rendezvous

April 23-24 2011

The Center for Wooden Boats

Lake Union, Seattle

More info on the News page under Upcoming Events.


October Newsletter

The October Newsletter is now online, click here for page 1 and page 2.

Tugboat Photos

If you have some photos, of Olympia or any of this summer's events, or just cool tugboat sightings (don't we all take tugboat photo trips?!), please do send 'em our way and we'll post them, or feel free to start an album on our Yahoo Group. To look at the photos on the Yahoo Group -- called "retiredtugs" -- check 'em out by going to our Yahoo Group and clicking on "Photos" on the left hand side! If you need help setting up your Yahoo Groups account, let us know.

We're always looking for more tugboat photos to share with the group -- photos of boats, recent tug events or historical photos you'd like to share, etc. We're currently looking specifically for boats in our Boat Roster currently without photos. Thanks!

Boat Roster Updated!

We've been updating our Boat Roster. Check it out and see if we've gotten your info right! We're looking for more photos, specs, history, etc. If you have any of these, or corrections, additions, etc., please let us know!


If you're looking for information or advice on researching, purchasing, restoring, selling, or just admiring retired tugboats and workboats, send us your questions and we'll try to hook you up with some answers.

Online Discussion Forum & Photo Albums

We have an online discussion board on Yahoo Groups. This includes a way for us to have discussions through email or on the Yahoo Group site. It also has photo albums that you're invited to browse and add to! Check it out and join us, at Once you're there, you can join the group by clicking on the blue "Join This Group" button near the top of the page. Or, click on the button, below, to join our Yahoo Group. Please note: messages you post or respond to will be posted to the online discussion board for all to read as well as delivered to your email account, for your convenience.

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If you have any questions or need help signing up, contact us at

We also have a Retired Tugboat Association facebook page.

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We have a few IRTA-logo'ed goodies available at our new IRTA Shop. $1 per shirt, apron, or mug will go to our treasury for future publications & events. All other items are listed at cost.