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Steyr’s Monoblock Engines Making Waves in US

The Austrian engine builder Steyr Motors set up a North American subsidiary in 2006 to market its line of lightweight, high performance diesel engines with a power range from 55 kW/75 hp to 184 kW/250 hp. Steyr was formerly part … Continue reading

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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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1992: Portland’s Sternwheel Tug Steams into the 21st Century

Vintage steamboat built in 1947 escaped the scrapyard–by PM The sternwheel steamboat was an everyday sight on the Portland, Oregon, waterfront until the 1920s. And although those ferryboats disappeared long ago, steampower lived on until 1981 in the shape of … 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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2015: Will Maine Lobster Men Try a Trimaran?

Updating the Maine Lobsterboat                      Copyright Peter Marsh The traditional Maine lobsterboat has inspired many designers to create motor yachts that incorporate this working boat’s classic combination of a semi-planing hull … Continue reading

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2014 – Argentina’s 99 m Catamaran Ferry Burns Natural Gas

INCAT Design Sets New Standard   Copyright Peter Marsh Big catamaran ferries have always struggled to make headway in the Northwest, and the memory of the fast ferry fiasco in British Columbia is still fresh. But at the southern end of … 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 – John Steinbeck Link Keeps FV Western Flyer Alive

1937 Fishboat is No Ordinary Derelict–by Peter Marsh The issue of derelict vessels in the Pacific NW is not going away: another casualty is the California sardine boat that became an American literary icon–the 76-foot wooden purse seiner Western Flyer. … 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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