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In honor of Chuck Fowler and Captain Mark Freeman’s new book “Tugboats on Puget Sound,” the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society is having an event this Saturday! Come on down to the former Naval Reserve Armory in Lake Union Park to tour FIVE historic tugs: the ELMORE, the BLUEBERRY, the HENRIETTA FOSS, the GRACE, and the ARTHUR FOSS. The boats will be open to the public on Saturday February 8th from 1pm until 5pm.

You might remember me talking about the ARTHUR FOSS. That’s boat I volunteer on giving tours and answering questions. I’ll be down there part of the day and I invite you all to come see these beautiful boats. I’m going to guess we’ll have enough hosts that we’ll have the engine room open on the ARTHUR FOSS which gives you photographers access to a diesel engine built in 1934. We might even start it up and you can hear it chugging away.

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On Saturday, July 26th, I will be giving a tour of the Arthur Foss. As I’ve mentioned before the Arthur Foss is a historic tug boat that was built in 1889. Now owned by Northwest Seaport she is docked at the South Lake Union Wharf just north of the Naval Reserve Building and part of Lake Union Park.

If you’ve been interested in checking out this beautiful ship that’s captured my eye I would love it if you could come take the tour. Not only would I enjoy sharing something I love with my friends I could use a few friendly faces to ease stage fright. The tour costs $5 per person and all you have to do is show up at the boat at 12:45pm for the tour.

Today I sent out the first Iron Epistle. I hope they enjoy their letter. I’m still accepting entries if you want to get in on the fun.

Last Friday I volunteered as a boat host on the Arthur Foss. I was supposed to be the host from Noon until 6pm but thanks to Google Transit not understanding holidays I didn’t get to the boat until 1pm. We had nearly 1,000 visitors during my shift which was great. I spent most of my time in the wheelhouse answering questions about the boat and her history.

One interesting thing I discovered was that my location on the boat effects what questions I am asked. When I’m in the engine room I get asked about the diesel engine from 1934. In the wheelhouse I was asked why there are two steering wheels and questions about the other equipment. I would guess that I would get a lot of questions about the winch and cables if I was standing on the deck next to them.

My favorite visitors were the small kids and the older gentlemen. The kids are excited about the boat and it’s great to see the wonder on their faces. The older guys usually tell me great stories about working on similar boats.

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Saturday was the first day of docent training on the Arthur Foss for Northwest Seaport. Everyone else had flaked so I was the only student, which was great since I got some serious quality one-on-one time with [livejournal.com profile] bluemoonshark. I had been learning a lot about das Boot but there was a lot of new information. We also entered spaces I had never seen before. So very cool.

I invite all of you with an interest in maritime history, boats, diesel engines or who would like to chat to come visit the Arthur Foss. I’ll show you around the boat and give you the $10 tour. If you like taking photographs of big engines I can get you access to take some great shots. (hint, hint [livejournal.com profile] niac) From the aft deck you can also get some shots of the seaplans as they land on the lake.

The other fun thing [livejournal.com profile] bluemoonshark and I talked about was getting some living history going. Getting folks to dress as crew members and walk around Lake Union Park and chat with the visitors about working on the boat and what it was like back then. I wonder what the crew wore. Being a civilian vessel there weren’t uniform regulations. There’s also interest to have a dieselpunk group to role-play on the boat.

I can’t wait until the next training session.

Arthur Foss

May. 1st, 2008 10:07 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] bluemoonshark posted a video about the Arthur Foss. So now you all can check out where I'm spending my Saturday mornings and get an picture of things when I talk about the "boat." ;)

Saturday was a great day! It started with a shift as boat host on the ARTHUR FOSS for NW Seaport. The sky was clear blue and the temperature was perfect for me. In my two hour shift we had 30 people come and tour the boat. I’m really looking forward to my shift this coming Saturday as the Lake Union Park Grand Opening is earlier in the week and there should be lots of activity next weekend.

Next [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I went to look at rental in South Seattle. While it wasn’t a bad place it was too far to commute every day for a rental. Also there was a “For Sale” sign in the yard and I’m not comfortable renting a place that’s for sale.

After that I had to run home to shower and change so that [livejournal.com profile] cheesentoast could take me to the Cirque du Soleil show Corteo. Wow, what an amazing show. It was beautiful and impressive. [livejournal.com profile] cheesentoast and I had a lot of fun talking and turning heads in the crowd. My favorite was the guy who agreed with me that it was ok to be a kept man. His wife didn’t look like she agreed though.

Once the show was done we went and picked up [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen who was stunning. She had hours to get dressed and she used them to great advantage. We went out to dinner and they sat across from me. A feast for the eyes, body and soul. Lucky me!

On Sunday I picked up $little and we went to see The Forbidden Kingdom (2008). I enjoyed the movie and if you’re a fan of wushu, particularly wuxia, films you will too. I don’t think the TFK has much general appeal but if you enjoyed Hero (2002), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) or Iron Monkey (1993) you should check it out. The Forbidden Kingdom is closest to Iron Monkey in action and content.

After the movie I met [livejournal.com profile] sirraimnis, [livejournal.com profile] ogremarco and [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen at Three Lions Pub. It was great to talk and visit for a bit before [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I had to leave to go shopping. We both agree that we need to spend more time with them and introduce them to Coupling. The rest of the evening was pretty miserable as I was having a bad time with my health.

I'm Ready!

Apr. 4th, 2008 05:03 pm

Originally uploaded by hollyking

And possibly crazy. I just got the email from Northwest Seaport about docent training on the Arthur Foss. So I signed up for the training and volunteered to be a host on the AF on weekends and help out with a work party or two. Wheee!

If you're interested here is the information:


The next Tugboat Night is April 19th from 7pm to 9pm on the ARTHUR FOSS. Last time, we ran the main Washington Iron Works engine and the auxiliary generators. This time, we plan to turn even more things on, see more of the boat, and eat more snacks (and remember to make coffee!). The cost is $20 per person, payable in advance or at the door. Remember to wear your dirty clothes, as we'll be oiling and wiping. Lots of people who attended last time are coming back with their friends, so make sure you aren't left out!


To get the ARTHUR ready for Tugboat Night, we're having a Work Party from 10am to 5pm on April 19. Our main focus will be cleaning, painting, and more cleaning (which never ends on a boat), but depending on how many people we have we might get to some other projects on the ARTHUR or on the Lightship No. 83. Work Parties are free to all and we provide lunch to participants. The full Work Party schedule is posted on our website under "Volunteer Opportunities."


Seattle's newest park and the only one showcasing our maritime heritage officially opens on April 30th. Northwest Seaport, the Center for Wooden Boats, the City of Seattle, and lots of other folks are participating in the opening. We'll be blowing the horn and keeping the ARTHUR open to visitors, and maybe even running the engine. Lake Union Park is at the southern end of Seattle's Lake Union, and is where the ARTHUR has been docked for more than five years. More information is at the Seattle Parks website.


We're looking for folks to become docents for the ARTHUR FOSS, to guide tours and give detailed answers to visitor questions like “why are there two steering wheels” and “what do tugboats do, anyway?”

We’ll teach you everything you need to know in a four-session training course that runs on Saturdays. In return, we ask for a six-month commitment to lead at least one tour per month during the busy Summer season at the Historic Ships Wharf.

The next training course starts Saturday, May 3rd and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for four sessions. We’ll use lectures, tours, discussions, written materials, and demonstrations to prepare you for leading tours, and provide lunch to all participants.


Don't have time to be a docent? We still need you! This summer, we need your help to keep the ARTHUR FOSS open to visitors every weekend. Boat Hosts will be stationed in the galley or the upper deck to direct visitors through the tug and answer those fundamental questions like "how do you get to the bridge?" and "is this a real boat?" We're scheduling folks in two-hour shifts (starting on even hours) between 10am and 6pm Saturdays and Sundays starting April 26. We also need people for the opening ceremony on April 30 (which is a Wednesday). Sign up for as many slots as you like, alone or with a friend.

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This weekend was filled with fun and falling down. [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I were fighting off a cold/flu and we kept bouncing between being energetic and collapsing on the closest piece of furniture. Still I did get out for a bit and here’s what fun I had.

First on Saturday I went down to South Lake Union and volunteered as a docent on the Arthur Foss for Northwest Seaport (NWS). It was pretty slow so I spent most of the time talking with [livejournal.com profile] bluemoonshark about NWS plans and what I could do in the future. It was fun and it only got better when we had a few people show up at the end of my shift.

After my shift ended I headed over to the House of Hong to meed [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen, [livejournal.com profile] fallenpegasus, [livejournal.com profile] intrepid_reason and some others for Dim Sum. As usual it was tasty and full of good socializing. We even discovered a new dish that was a big hit with folks who don’t care for seafood.

After lunch [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I walked over to Pink Godzilla but nothing was calling my name so we hopped in the car and headed over to Pioneer Square. Our goal was a visit to Seattle Mystery Bookshop.
I liked the book store but didn’t have a good enough idea of mysteries I enjoy to gorge myself on the books. I did pick up a copy of Peter and the Starcatchers and a new print of two Doc Savage novels in one graphic novel sized book. It looks like someone is going to print the entire series of books so I’ll be able to get them all without spending a fortune.

That wiped out our energy reserves for the day so we headed home and rested. At home we watched Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970). I had forgotten how much I enjoy this movie. It’s a good story and I particularly the ending. No spoilers for you! ;)

On Sunday I took $little out to see The Golden Compass (2007). I enjoyed the movie but there was quite a bit missing from the book. I didn’t expect much with all the “controversy” surrounding the changes. The one thing I didn’t know was that they ended the movie a chapter before the book ends. So instead of wanting to know what happens next I could care less about it all. I am happy with how Iorek and the other bears looked on the screen. I wish that they hadn’t skipped so much in Svalbard. Again I didn’t expect much so I wasn’t really disappointed.

After that [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen went to pick up some shoes she had ordered and had a nice dinner at Claim Jumper and then it was home to rest and watch Barney Miller. Such wild people we are.


Aug. 20th, 2007 11:51 am
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Saturday I went to the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) to take the Basic Knots class. Our teacher for the day was Dennis of The Knotted Line. I (re-) learned the bowline, clove hitch, reef knot, sheet bend, constrictor knot and zeppelin knot. The zeppelin knot was the only one that was completely new to me. I knew the constrictor knot but didn’t know it’s name until the class. At the end of the class Dennis showed us the flying bowline. I’m not nearly as quick as Dennis but I was able to tie it pretty well before we left.

After the class I wandered around the CWB a bit to look at all the boats and activities. The Arthur Foss was open so I went aboard to look and see how the restoration work had progressed since I spent a night aboard last September. I was caught up talking with the docent about things when I mentioned wanting to learn how to sail but not having the money for the classes. She then told me that by volunteering at the CWB you earn time for sailing. For every three hours of volunteer time you earn one hour of sailing time.

Really… Guess who filled out a volunteer information form before leaving…

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Two hairstyles that don't go well together are the mullet and the pompadour and they certainly should never be combined on the same head. EGAD!

On a good note, I heard back from the Center for Wooden Boats and I'll be staying in an Officer's Cabin on the Arthur Foss overnight. Go me! I'm so damn excited it's not even funny. Poor [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen is going to have a long week with me bouncing around the place.



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