On the Hard: Sea Lass

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Requiem for a Brown Owl By Joel Rogers and Peter Bruckner  Sea Lass - what a wonderful name for a boat. It combines the classic ship's...

Diana Talley: Shavings in my Brassiere #3

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We bring you another week of stories from Port Townsend's shipwright Diana Talley. The Leak “If you can keep a boat afloat for 24 hours, you...

WA360: The Race to Alaska Comes Home

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By Ross Anderson Try this for a business plan:  Invite people to pay $550 each to enter a race that requires them to row, paddle...

Kelley Watson’s PT Crew Is Outward Bound

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Like countless graduates everywhere, Port Townsend’s commencement this week is liable to be laced with maritime clichés.  They will be setting sail, charting a...

Boys – and Girls – In the Boat

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Port Townsend’s Legacy of Wooden Rowing Shells In 1998 the phone rang at the Cupola House, then home of the Wooden Boat Foundation, and was...

Brion Toss: Once in Ten Thousand Years

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It started late last week when my husband and I saw the news about a young graduate student who had solved a decades-old mathematical...

On the hard: Chichagof

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories The Power Scow Chichagof. Chichagof is a power scow, a salmon scow, a fish tender. The U.S....

On the Hard: Catalyst

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Catalyst and the Beautiful Wild Country             Catalyst departed Port Townsend on May 5th to begin her mid-May...

On the Hard: Pelican

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Pelican: In the World of Wooden Boats The one-time research vessel Pelican was hauled out at Port Townsend's...

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The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

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Photo of Tom Robbins by Dan Wallen. Used with permission of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections MPH1272 When I was the editor of the...

On the Hard: Catalyst

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Catalyst and the Beautiful Wild Country             Catalyst departed Port Townsend on May 5th to begin her mid-May...

River Otters

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Was that a sea otter or a river otter you just saw swimming offshore? People often think they see sea otters foraging on our...

So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

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More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

Diana Talley – Shavings in my brassiere

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I met the unsinkable Diana Talley many years ago. It was at a party of wooden boat people. Diana has been a foundational person...