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October 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm #729

During the 70′s and 80′s I worked as Captain for Washington Tug & Barge out of Seattle. WT&B was sold to Knappton Maritime out of Astoria, OR. During those years I ran two old wood tugs that became like old friends, and if anyone knows what became of either of them I’d like to know.

The first is the Reliance. I have no idea when or where she was built, but was originally steam powered. At some point she was re-powered to diesel, but the winches and bilge pumps were simply adapted to use compressed air. This boat was not purchased by Knappton and simply vanished from the dock.

The second boat, and my favorite, was the Tartar (WT&B) then the Bill Clark (Knappton). She’s an old miki and a lumbering, quiet, warm old tub with many fond memories.

Kent Kieswetter

November 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm #730

I found a photo of the Bill Clark on Mark Freeman’s blog
You may want to contact Mark, he may have the answers to your question.

November 2, 2012 at 12:17 am #731

I posted your query on our facebook page and got this answer from Ric Shrewsberry..
“The Reliance sank an maybe burnt in southeast Alaska the tartar became the bill Clark and was a TP and is still running around as a yacht I think is based in Friday harbor. ”

If the Tartar is a TP and now a yacht based in Friday Harbor, then it may be a tug called the Tiger Horse. I just saw her anchored out during the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. I have a photo of her someplace.

November 2, 2012 at 12:24 am #732

Found this photo of the Tiger Horse on the web

Glad to find one of your tugs still floating and looking pretty good too. I believe they liveaboard in the summer, the boat on the top is a columbia 22 sailboat.

November 2, 2012 at 12:26 am #733

Here’s another one
© Neil England

November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm #734

Originally US Army tug/tender TP 111
built 1944 Ackerman Boat, Newport Beach CA
97 x 25 x 11ft 450bhp

1956 Washington Tug & Barge Co as TARTAR (ON 270852, c/s WG7549)
1980 ?? as BILL CLARK
1996 Knappton Maritime, and converted to tug/yacht PACIFIC EXPLORER
2000 Peter F Strell, Friday Harbor WA as TIGER HORSE

January 23, 2017 at 5:52 pm #1230

thanks, I have been looking for info on the tartar I sailed on her back in the mid 1960s to sitka, a great tug thanks

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