A Winter’s Diary

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Dec 31, 2020: It was foggy this morning, and temps have not dipped below freezing in a long time. There was a thick frost...

PT & ME: A LOVE LETTER

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Dearest Port Townsend, In this time of pandemic, and the first cancellation of the Wooden Boat Festival in 44 years, I’m in mourning. An...

Hi Ho Silver’s 240,000 Memories

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Last Tuesday I dropped off our 1991 VW Westy, Hi Ho Silver, at Peace Vans in Seattle to put it on their “sell” listing....

Sockeye & Me: Two Journeys Cross Paths

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Like so many of our neighbors, I was drawn to Port Townsend by saltwater and sawdust, and by the amazing wooden boats that blend...

The PTeRider Story:

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“The town is full of FIPS,” I said when we got to the part in the tour about what kind of people live in...

Bobby Kennedy, Gun Control & Change

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Editor's note: This piece came in after the June 6th 50th anniversary of the murder of Robert Kennedy. We struggled with finding a photo...

How I found Port Townsend

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By Allison Arthur Telling stories, changing stories All I remember is that it was hot and I wanted to get home and off U.S. Highway...

PT & Me: Living the Good Life in a Bubble

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Some 40 years before the Pandemic, I climbed aboard my 21-foot wooden sloop in Seattle and groped north up fogbound Puget Sound, headed for...

Garth Hudson’s PT Performance Remembered

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Ten years ago this month Port Townsend music fans were all atwitter about an appearance by Garth Hudson, a key member of the revered...

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What Puget Sound Pilots Want You to Know

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It may sound counterintuitive, but when a big ship leaves the high seas and enters the restricted waters of Puget Sound, it is entering...

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...

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: Thea Foss

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Movie Stars, Depth Charges and Tugboat Annie: The Story of the Thea Foss I still can't think of...

America’s Guidebooks: The Way We Were

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Eighty years ago this fall, the state Historical Society published “Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State.”  At 700 pages and some 250,000 words,...