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.
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.
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