Like the tugboats in Elliot Bay last weekend, we have been racing all over.
Last weekend was the Seattle Maritime Festival. It is a tribute to the industrial side of our beatiful Puget Sound.
I had the priviledge of sailing aboard Crowley’s harbor tug, the CHIEF. She is quite unique because of the drive mechanism she has. More like a bunch of oars like the old roman galley I am told. Hard to explain, so here is a link to Wikipedia. They can do a much better job than i.
The images above don’t do their subjects justice.
- The Tioga assisted the Vancouver Express out into the channel. She was heading out virtually empty, hence she is riding way high in the water.
- Four tugs are racing down the bay from the Cruise Ship Terminal to Alaska Way
- The USCGC Henry Blake maintains over 184 aids to navigation through out Puget Sound
- The HMCS Glendyne, a tug of the Royal Canadian Navy, traveled from Esquimalt, BC to participate.
- The Leschi, Seattle’s 108-foot fireboat displays it awesome ability to project water with two Foss harbor tugs on each flank. A beautiful site on a beautiful day with the snow capped Olympics in the background.
A big thanks to the crew of the Chief for making the opportunity possible, and to my son Kelly for inviting me along. It was a great day for it, as you can see by the blue skies and the view across the sound to the Olympic Mountains.