From the monthly archives:

May 2010

Historic ferry Olympic: the rest of the story

by Tim Flanagan on May 30, 2010

We covered this story earlier this month; see M/V Olympic on the move and M/V Olympic aground photos. Now Nat Levy has a bit more detail in the Bainbridge Island Review: The MV Olympic, a one-engine, 600-passenger, 50-car ferry put in operation in 1954, was towed out of Eagle Harbor after a 13-year residency in […]

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DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog has this announcement: A new state law seeks a more comprehensive approach to planning how we use coastal and marine areas. Photo: Carol Piening/DNR In March 2010, the Washington State Legislature passed the Marine Spatial Planning Law to develop a more proactive and comprehensive approach to managing the use […]

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Beach naturalists at local beaches for low tide

by Tim Flanagan on May 28, 2010

Geeky Swedes have this item at MyBallard: The Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists will be at Golden Gardens and Carkeek Park for the low tides expected this weekend. Kids exploring the tide pools during a 2009 low tide. “Grab your boots and get ready to learn all about the animals that call our local beaches ‘home,’” […]

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Swiftsure races toward a greener future

by Tim Flanagan on May 28, 2010

Marty McOmber has this story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Photo courtesy of Randy Beveridge and Juanita Jones of Flash in the Pan Photography, Victoria B.C. The boat Amazing Grace sails in last year's Swiftsure.] If you notice that there aren’t a lot of racing sailboats around Puget Sound this holiday weekend, there is a good […]

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Paige Dickerson has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: [Jack Harmon and his wife, Terri, look off of the bow of the Victoria Express II, parked next to its sister craft, the original Victoria Express, docked in Port Angeles. -- Photo by Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News] PORT ANGELES — To celebrate Victoria Express’ 20th […]

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Mark Yuasa has the story in his Reel Time Fishing Northwest blog at the Seattle Times: Even as the sport halibut fishing season in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound (Areas, 6, 7 and 9) winds down after this Sunday (May 3) more news of giant barn-door […]

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Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: Future submarine sailors in training at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor bow their heads during a benediction before a tolling of the boats ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport on Thursday. The ceremony, held every year during the run-up to Memorial Day, honors World War II […]

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Ed Friedrich has the story in the Kitsap Sun: Kent and Julie Berryman walk on the beach at Salsbury Point County Park on Thursday. The Berrymans think the new Hood Canal bridge is noisier than the old one. State officials promised to explore low-cost fixes at a meeting this week. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN) […]

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The Pacific Yachting blog has this item: [Uncredited photo. It is PugetSoundMaritime’s policy always to credit text, photos, and video whenever possible.] On Saturday, June 12’th the Burrard Yacht Club will be hosting the Fourth Annual  Classic Boat and Car Show from 10:00 to 4:00 at 10 Gostick Place in North Vancouver. This show will […]

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Orcas Depart Inner Waters of Kitsap

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2010

Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun: ILLAHEE — A group of transient killer whales explored the inner waterways of the Kitsap Peninsula all day Wednesday and into Thursday, then left as quickly as they came. Reports of the five or so orcas were scarce after they swam through Rich Passage and headed […]

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Gray whale spotted in Puget Sound

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2010

KIRO-TV has this story. Although for the sake of clarity and precision, let me add that the body of water north of Mukilteo is not “Puget Sound”. That’s Possession Sound. For a long time, “Puget Sound” has been used as a general term for all the marine water south of Port Townsend or so. Since […]

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This article is posted over at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Anglers are reeling in halibut from the ocean, sturgeon from the Columbia River and trout from lakes throughout the state. In the next few weeks, they’ll also be able to catch salmon off the coast and trout from dozens of rivers and streams […]

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Northwest Tugboats: On Water, In Song

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2010

Steve Scher has this story at KUOW: Tugboats helped launch Seattle’s maritime economy, and still matter today. The plucky boats inspire longing and desire. Northwest Folklife is sponsoring a tugboat stage this year, and sent out a call for tugboat songs. Northwest songwriters responded. Today we’ll hear the music of the tugboat and tell some […]

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Jeff Chew has the story in the Peninsula Daily News: The Chilkat Express, now for sale in Alaska. PORT TOWNSEND — Port of Port Townsend commissioners heard overwhelming support Wednesday for the port’s proposal to provide round-trip passenger ferry service from Port Townsend to Seattle. "I think it’s an outstanding idea," said Diane Schostak, Olympic […]

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Dolphins, sea lions going on guard at Bangor base

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2010

The Kitsap Sun’s ED FRIEDRICH has this story in the Seattle Times: BREMERTON, Wash. — The Navy is keeping quiet about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions that will guard Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor’s shoreline, except to say they’ll arrive sometime this year. The dolphins and sea lions are the stars of a new […]

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Shilshole Bay Marina Open House Weekend is June 5/6

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2010

The merchants from Shilshole Bay Marina, along with the Port of Seattle, have banded together to create an Open House weekend to benefit the Leukemia Cup Regatta (www.leukemiacup.org/wa) which takes place the following weekend on Saturday, June 12.  There will be something for boaters and non-boaters alike at the Open House.  For non-boaters, a feature […]

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Transient orcas visit Bremerton, Silverdale

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2010

Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun: [Transient killer whales swim in Dyes Inlet on Wednesday. Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun] SILVERDALE — A group of at least five killer whales showed up in Bremerton Wednesday morning, exciting shoreline residents who watched the orcas as they wandered through Sinclair and Dyes inlets throughout […]

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Brynn Grimley has this story in the Kitsap Sun: Brownsville port commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to allow a kayak supply store to move into the vacant fire hall they own. The lease agreement still has to be finalized — commissioners expect to approve it in June — but a quick review of the document […]

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Jennifer Morris has the story in the North Kitsap Herald: What might get you questioned for suspicious behavior any other day of the year could win you a quirky title this Saturday, when the 22nd annual Seagull Calling Contest joins forces with the second annual Kitsap Harbor Festival. “It’s quite strange,” said Port Orchard Police […]

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Three Sheets featured marina: Dock Street

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2010

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest: [Marty McOmber | Three Sheets Northwest: The distinctive steel cone of the Museum of Glass rises up next to Dock Street Marina. To the left is Albers Mill, a 1904 former cereal mill that's been converted into loft apartments and a street-level gallery.] Editor’s note: We […]

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