From the monthly archives:

December 2008

Time To Renew Your Annual Permits

by Tim Flanagan on December 31, 2008

Unless you’re into winter sports, this is what we call the “off-season.” Nevertheless, now’s a good time to renew your annual passes and permits. For recreational boaters in Puget Sound, this means it’s time to renew your Washington State Parks Annual Moorage Permit. At $3.50 per foot per year, the break-even point is just seven […]

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Captain Kezner’s Lake Union Ice Cream Cruise

by Tim Flanagan on December 27, 2008

Looking for a great way to share your love of maritime Seattle with out-of-town guests? Try Larry Kezner’s 45-minute “Sunday Ice Cream Cruise”, departing hourly from 11:00 to 15:00 on Sundays year-round, from the west side of the old Naval Reserve Armory building at the south end of Lake Union. M/V Fremont Avenue is a […]

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Governor’s Budget: $51m More for Puget Sound

by Tim Flanagan on December 26, 2008

Seattle Times environment reporter Warren Cornwall reports today that Governor Christine Gregoire’s proposed budget, released last week, “would increase spending on Puget Sound-related projects by roughly $51 million, for a total of $283 million in the next two years.” Read the whole story here.

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Man Swims Around Bainbridge Island!

by Tim Flanagan on December 26, 2008

It’s about 53 miles around Bainbridge Island, and Mark Powell is swimming around it. I’m exhausted just thinking about it, but it looks like he’s got an inspiring support team. [Photo courtesy Mark Powell.] It turns out he’s taking a somewhat more leisurely pace than one might imagine. I’ve got to say I like his […]

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Lake Union & Ship Canal Tugboat Companies

by Tim Flanagan on December 26, 2008

Anyone who knows me very well knows that I’m sort of a tugboat nut. Anyway, here are the links to the websites for all the tugboat companies I’m aware of between Lake Union and the Ballard Locks, in ascending order from smallest to biggest. If I’ve missed any, please let me know! Campbell Maritime. Brian […]

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Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference

by Tim Flanagan on December 24, 2008

Are we "loving the whales to death"? I’ve got a funny feeling that question might arise during an upcoming academic and policy conference. Puget Sound Partnership and Environment Canada are co-hosting the 2009 Puget Sound Georgia Basin Ecosystem Conference, February 8-11, 2009 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. Click here to […]

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Still My Favorite Desktop Wallpaper Image

by Tim Flanagan on December 23, 2008

Following up on last summer’s trip aboard the USCGC Eagle during her visit to Pugut Sound, here’s a photograph taken by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle, who you may be familiar with from the District 13 Podcasts, which she hosts. One whole episode is devoted to Eagle, and I recommend it. Anyway, I just […]

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Vessel Assist: “You Will Be Mine”

by Tim Flanagan on December 20, 2008

This is as close as I want to get to having Two Lucky Fish appear astern Vessel Assist Remedy in a photograph on the internet. Know what I mean? But see, I keep hearing Captain Richard Rodriguez‘s words ringing in my ear. This summer, in Anacortes one morning, while he enjoyed the breakfast Bagel Eggel […]

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Joint Harbor Operations, Part 2

by Tim Flanagan on December 18, 2008

[Originally published June 27, 2007, at Navagear.] Last week, I toured the US Coast Guard’s brand spankin’ new Joint Harbor Operations Command (JHOC) in Seattle. In Part 1, I described the Vessel Traffic Center. Nextdoor, the main JHOC Sector Command Center is truly impressive; imagine NASA Mission Control and you’ve got the right idea. My […]

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Joint Harbor Operations, Part 1

by Tim Flanagan on December 1, 2008

[Originally published June 26, 2007, at Navagear.] Last week, I toured the US Coast Guard’s brand spankin’ new Joint Harbor Operations Command (JHOC) in Seattle. The JHOC is now the home for Coast Guard Sector Seattle‘s Sector Command Center and Vessel Traffic Center. The JHOC is the premiere Coast Guard Command Center for the Pacific […]

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