A Trip to Port Townsend to see a Tug Boat

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Last Thursday my sister, my Mom and I went to Port Townsend to see the Navy Tug that Kevin is working on. Because he usually works on a Navy base I have never had an opportunity to see what ships he is working on close up.  This tug is being worked on in the marina in Port Townsend so it was a good time to go see what he is doing. Of course we could only walk around the tug at a distance and his work is done inside (he is a pipefitter general foreman). It was exciting to be so close to such an interesting ship and because the workers had gone home by the time we got there, we could spend time enjoying the marina and all the other boats in dry dock.

We arrived about 5 minutes too late for Kevin to give us the grand tour but it worked out better because we had time to really enjoy everything.  Kevin did call and told me about a few things to point out to Mom and Linda and I’m glad he did. I am going to add some photos with captions explaining each.

We also drove around Port Townsend because we hadn’t been there in a long time. My parents lived there for many years (close to 30 years) and loved it. My daughter took her first steps in their house there.  We drove to Fort Worden State Park and passed the house and then just drove all over. We stopped at the Penny Saver Market to pick up sandwiches to take to the beach and I swear it hasn’t changed in 20 years! Everything was in the same place and the sandwiches were all the same ones we loved. They didn’t have amaretto cheesecake but I’ll let that slide. It was a great trip and I hope we do it again. Mom enjoyed it this time too. It was years before she could drive by the house but this time she was glad to see that the people who bought are loving it and taking good care of it. I also got to see a Sisters on the Fly travel trailer! We have seen them on tv many times (we watch a lot of RV type shows on the Travel Channel). It was fun to see one, a lovely vintage Shasta trailer!

One of the things we noticed on this trip was how relaxing it was. Linda and I have very stressful jobs and while we always take Mom out on Thursday, we usually just get our shopping done and we are exhausted by the end of the day. This time we just relaxed and enjoyed the moment we were in. We stood on the beach and listened the water and the birds; we wandered around many different boats being worked on and studied them; we watched others having fun on their vacations. It was great.

There were many different types of boats in the marina dry dock but the one that held the most fascination for me was a huge fishing boats that was obviously old and was covered in mud. There was a lot of damage and rot but the basic structure was sound and it was up on blocks.  I tried to look for a name so I could Google it latter and find out what happened but it so covered in mud that I couldn’t see any.  I asked Kevin if he could ask around and he did yesterday.  He didn’t get a name but said it had sunk of Port Townsend 2 years ago and it had taken the owner all that time to bring it back up. I hope they are going to restore it, it is a wonderful boat and probably has a great history.  I will update here if I find anything out about her.

Following are some photos from our trip, I hope you enjoy them. I wished I had brought my good camera but this trip wasn’t planned so all I have is iPhone photos.

Enjoy!!

 

 

From out on the road, a view of the worksite

From out on the road, a view of the worksite

 

 

A little closer. That green tanks is what they use to clean and flush the pipes onboard

A little closer. That green tanks is what they use to clean and flush the pipes onboard

 

 

A view down the side.

A view down the side.

 

 

The aft end with the propeller laying on the ground. The propeller was really beautiful.

The aft end with the propeller laying on the ground. The propeller was really beautiful.

 

 

A close up of the propeller

A close up of the propeller

 

 

These are the rubber from around the railings and along the side of the tug, to protect it from rubbing up against other boats or the dock

These are the rubber from around the railings and along the side of the tug, to protect it from rubbing up against other boats or the dock

 

 

This is the rudder

This is the rudder

 

 

The view from the path next to the marina. I was glad to see lots of people enjoying this path.

The view from the path next to the marina. I was glad to see lots of people enjoying this path.

 

 

This that fishing vessel that had sunk off Port Townsend. It was really big. I sure hope they bring her back to her glory

This that fishing vessel that had sunk off Port Townsend. It was really big. I sure hope they bring her back to her glory

 

 

The lovely vintage Shasta trailer with the Sisters on the Fly logo on the back. They have a great website and I added a link for it above

The lovely vintage Shasta trailer with the Sisters on the Fly logo on the back. They have a great website and I added a link for it above

 

 

This called North Beach. We had our lunch here

This called North Beach. We had our lunch here

 

 

North Beach. Couldn't resist an "arty" shot...

North Beach. Couldn’t resist an “arty” shot…

 

 

The strait of Juan de Fuca, that goes passed Port Townsend is a busy shipping area, they go from Seattle out to the ocean

The strait of Juan de Fuca, that goes passed Port Townsend is a busy shipping area, they go from Seattle out to the ocean

 

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