Category Archives: Shipyards

The Great Astoria Ferry War of 1927 by P.Marsh

Real Astorians Remember the Ferry Ride to Washington! Update: Owner of the Tourist No. 2, based in Puget Sound for over 40 years,  plans to return it to Astoria! Walk to the foot of 12th Street and you will see … Continue reading

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2015: New Seattle Fireboat from Ontario, Canada

The NW Connection With Canadian Builder   by P.Marsh Seattle’s new high-speed aluminum Firestorm 50 fireboat was completed by Metalcraft in Ontario, Canada late last year and delivered across country in the depth of winter. The Fireboat 2 It is now … Continue reading

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2014 – Hyak’s 120′ Tugs Set a New Standard for Line-Haul Work

Titan Design + GE Power + Schottel ASD=Success – Copyright Peter Marsh In August 2013, the JT Marine Inc shipyard in Vancouver, Washington delivered the MV Hawaii, the first of a pair of 120-ft ocean-going azimuthing stern-drive (ASD) tugs designed … Continue reading

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2013 – Double Trouble: The Story of Fast Ferries in Washington

What’s Wrong With Fast Ferries? Plenty Say Opponents!  Copyright Peter Marsh The sight of a big catamaran swiftly cutting cleanly through the water is so common these days on the northwest coast that it barely rates a mention. From the … Continue reading

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2014 – Fred. Olsen Express Celebrates 40 Years in the Canary Islands

Fred. Olsen Express Operates 400′ Trimaran Ferry – copyright Peter Marsh Every month the maritime press carries news of the latest catamarans ferries –now often exceeding 100 meters (328 feet) in length and capable of speeds of 30 knots or … Continue reading

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2014 – Vintage Erie Canal Tug Goes All-Electric

1920’s Tug Converted to Battery-Electric Drive – copyright Peter Marsh On Labor Day Weekend, 2014, purely by chance, I arrived  by bike at the Waterford Tug Round Up in New York state at the east end of the Erie Canal. … Continue reading

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1945 – The Last of the Liberty Ships

The Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien Visits Portland – copyright Peter J.Marsh The first visit of the last operational Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien to the Pacific Northwest in 1998 brought back many memories to those who remember the war years. The … Continue reading

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