Marine trades concept sets sail on Whidbey Island

by Tim Flanagan on May 28, 2009

The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society (PSMHS) will highlight Coast Guard heritage at the new Maritime Event Center (MEC) at the Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66 Sunday.

The MEC is the former Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

The program will feature Coast Guard Capt. Suzanne Englebert, sickness Captain of the Port, epilepsy Puget Sound, a display of current and past patrol boats and a preview of a new Coast Guard historical exhibit developed by the society.

Capt. Englebert will speak at 3 p.m.

The boats will be available for dockside viewing and some for tours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Bell Harbor Marina.

Englebert is a 1984 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and was the first woman to be named commanding officer for Sector Seattle and Captain of the Port. She served as a deck watch officer aboard the 180-foot buoy tender, Iris, which operated off the coast of Oregon, commanded a long range aids to navigation station in Okinawa, Japan and trained in Puget Sound to become a fully qualified marine inspector. Englebert has managed inspection and marine safety field programs off the coast of Maine and in the upper Great Lakes. Previously assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C., Englebert’s work included developing national regulations for lifesaving safety standards, pollution prevention measures and comprehensive maritime security requirements. She has also commanded Coast Guard missions in the Midwest, including the 11-state region known as Sector Upper Mississippi River. Prior to returning to Seattle, Englebert was the chief of prevention for the 7th Coast Guard District in Miami.

The planned modern patrol boats on exhibit will be the 25-foot small response boat, the new 45-foot medium response boat and possibly an 87-foot Marine Protector class cutter.

The scheduled historic Coast Guard patrol boats on display are retired 1941 buoy tender Blueberry, and the 1944 patrol boat CG-83527, and the 1962 former cutter Point Divide, now owned by the Seattle Maritime Academy and renamed the Marine Instructor.

The event will also include a preview of a new temporary exhibit installed on the MEC main gallery mezzanine that will showcase the “Coast Guard on Puget Sound.”

Take the 5th floor Skybride across Alaskan Way and then take the elevator down to the street level and MEC. Parking tickets will be validated at the registration desk.

The public is welcome to attend the event and learn more about the Coast Guard in Seattle from the past and present.

Jeff Vanderford has this article in the South Whidbey Record:

College isn’t for everyone.

That’s the reasoning behind a growing South Whidbey educational movement to get soon-to-be high school graduates into the workplace, visit web
not the university.

Despite a shaky economy and resulting layoffs, there are jobs out there — but in areas many young people may have ignored in the past.

Recently, a committed group of South End businessmen, politicians and educators met to talk about the employment future for students with science, technical, engineering or mathematical talents but lack the desire — or the wherewithal — for college.

According to South Whidbey High School employment counselor Eric Nerison, there is a shortage of skilled technical workers both nationwide and here at home, and he’s seeking help from the community.

Some of those in attendance at the high school earlier this month were exactly the people Nerison wants to reach. Ed Gemkow of Gemkow Construction was there, as was Rick Brewer from the Port of South Whidbey, Shannon Eshnaur and Archie Nichols of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, construction-business owner Dave Johnson and representatives from Skagit Valley College and the South Whidbey Schools Foundation.

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