The steamer BUCKEYE on which I served many years ago was a woodburner like all the boats on the Sound. On the morning of 4 September 1894, we left Friday Harbor with passengers and freight for Bellingham. Capt. Oscar Hahn was master, Capt. C.E. Bowden was mate, and I was fireman. We arrived at Anacortes […]
Crouching on the foredeck under our full spinnaker as we crossed the finish line in Victoria Harbor, I tussled Porter’s blond hair and said, “We did it, buddy. You’ve finished your first Swiftsure.” He looked into my eyes, paused, and then thrust his arms wide ...
Summer is just around the corner, which means fun events and amazing sunsets at Shilshole Bay Marina. When I noticed that the Port of Seattle had put out their summer calendar I glanced at a few of the events and got nostalgic for the place we ...
I’m still recovering from last year’s haulout, but I think I can finally write about it without suffering a full attack of Post Traumatic Haulout Syndrome. For the benefit of my brothers and sisters about to put their beloved boats on the hard, I have two stories about what went well and one tip I […]
For many Pacific Northwest sailors, the dream of sailing around Vancouver Island is an alluring one. Whether you are taking a few months to cruise the route or a few weeks to race it, the experience is billed as nothing short of amazing. Three Sheets Northwest contributor Scott Wilson shared his adventure while cruising the route last […]
Our days have a common flow here. Most mornings are consumed with activities on board: reading, routine maintenance, writing, dishes, algebra, whatever seems to need doing. The heat’s not oppressive at dawn, but it doesn’t take long. I really didn’t think it was possible to be hotter than we were during our summer in the […]
Swiftsure was nostalgic and fun. And we may have even broken some records. Growing up, Swiftsure was an annual ritual. For years, Dad would race, Mom would go up to Victoria and I’d stay home. I was told, “Swiftsure is no place for a 3 year old. Or a 5 year old. Or however old […]
I doubt it’s possible in this age of technology to achieve life completely off of the grid… You know, somewhere just short of an uncharted island with a volleyball named Wilson. Living in the marina of a medium-sized town, we don’t even come close to that degree of disconnection. However, we do try our best […]
The U.S. Coast Guard is reporting: Coast Guard members from Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound in Seattle, Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, a 175-foot coastal buoy tender homeported in Everett, Wash., and Air Station Astoria, Ore., work in conjunction to fill in the concrete foundation for a new Ewing Island Danger Daybeacon near Sucia […]
This summer, the Center for Wooden Boats’ SLU Livery will be running promotions that highlight a different sailboat every month. These specials are a great way to explore some of the rigs that you may be unfamiliar with – come to a FREE boat introduction and rigging demo at the beginning of each month, then enjoy […]
We walked down the dock to the rhythmic thumping of Steve’s drum, Steve in his Haida hat and wearing his copper pendant, I with my west-wind charm and my wild woman T-shirt carrying a carved bowl of blueberries. It was Saturday noon and boaters out working on their boats dropped paintbrushes and tools to watch […]
After a nights stay in Port Townsend we set sail for the San Juans. Our first couple nights were spent at one of our forever-favorite spots, Watmough Bay, where we hiked another lovely Mother’s Day away. Our next stop was Rosario Resort. We spent our first afternoon swimming in the super cool 1920’s indoor pool […]