I'm Ready!

Apr. 4th, 2008 05:03 pm

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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.

November 7th 1872 — The brig Mary Celeste sailed from New York, bound for Genoa. She was later found "sailing" herself her entire crew mysteriously gone.

I have heard and read lots of speculation behind the Mary Celeste but searching the web today I found a page which has a good explanation of the events surrounding the "mystery." It's not nearly so mysterious or unexplained as you have heard.

Today in 1978 Naomi James returned to England in the 53-foot cutter Express Crusader and became the first woman to sail around the world alone.

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This morning I read a story posted on MarineLink about the first female cruise ship captain. Royal Caribbean International has named Swedish mariner, Karin Stahre-Janson, captain of Monarch of the Seas, making her the first female captain in the line's 21-ship fleet and the first woman in the industry to command a major cruise ship.

It's about time.

Ever wondered what happened to the Haig Rose? Well wonder no more. The Dictionary of Disaster at Sea During the Age of Steam 1824-1962 is now online. Oh, you really wanted to know? Well here is the entry:

Haig Rose

Richard Hughes & Co.; 1920; J. Fullerton & Co.; 1,117 tons; 220-2x34-2x13-1; 96 r.h.p; 9 knots; triple-epansion engines.

The steamship Haig Rose, Capt. Oen Roberts, left Barry on November 5th, 1940, bound for Plymouth. She was never seen again and was believed to have been sunk by striking a mine.

Hmmm... Looks like I need to find an icon for posting about steam engines and the like.

The 50 Let Pobedy, the largest nuclear powered icebreaker, has been delivered and is set to begin service in the Northern Russian sea routes. I’d love to see that big boy in operation.

15 people are missing after the Abra Cadabra capsised last Tuesday. Tell me again why I dream of sailing off to distant lands?

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What could be more steampunk than riding on an actual steam ship? The Virginia V is going to be the finish line for the Seattle Maritime Festival’s Tug Boat Races. The full cruise starts from the South Lake Union docks, goes through the Ballard locks, watch the tug races and then return to the South Lake Union docks.

If that’s too much for one day there are two other options. The first option is to board the Virginia V at Pier 55 to watch the tug races. You can also board at the South Lake Union docks and then disembark at Pier 55 to spend the afternoon in downtown Seattle. Board again after the races to cruise back to the South Lake Union docks.

This is one of those things I wish I had an appropriate steam punk outfit. I think it would be cool to gather a few of my fellow nobles for a day of cruising and watching the races. Another idea would be to cruise down to Pier 55 and then see what the city has to offer.

Sigh… One day.

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Stirling engines in submarines? Sure, why not? Looking around for more information on Stirling engines here’s a page I found about how they are using them in submarines to replace Diesel engines used to recharge the batteries.


Jan. 25th, 2007 11:36 am

Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters; They have seen the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, Which lifted up the waves of the sea. They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; Their soul melted away in their misery. They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, And were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven. — Psalm 107:23-30

[livejournal.com profile] pallidbat asked me why I was so interested in the sea and nautical things, so here is a bit of background I hope will answer her question. I think the main attraction is that it’s new and different. I grew up in Kansas City which is far away from any ocean or even great lake.

The first time I ever saw the vast expanse of open water was during a visit to my Aunt & Uncle’s place in Mobile Alabama. It was 1986 and on Christmas morning my mother drove my brother and I to a beach on the gulf. It was about 60 degrees and while my brother and I were splashing in the water a couple of folks bundled up in heavy coats stopped and said, “You obviously aren’t from around here, are you?”

My next glimpse of the ocean was a few months later as the airplane that was taking me to boot camp flew out over the water before turning around to land in San Diego. I saw the water a lot more those few months I was a Marine but I never had a chance to really watch it. We were always running up and down the beach or busy on our way to somewhere else.

It wasn’t until almost 10 years later when I moved to Portland that I really spent any time considering the seas. Being that close I took every opportunity to head to the coast and watch the waves. It wasn’t long before I started thinking about riding on the waves instead of watching them.

I don’t care for motorized boats. I’ve found them to be noisy, smelly and generally not nearly as fun as gliding along in a canoe. Not having any idea about how to sail* I thought the best way to get started was to read some books. That’s when I found out I enjoyed historical fiction during the Napoleonic Era. I’ve been devouring the works of Forester, Marrayat, O’Brian, Cornwell and others.

In 2003 [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I went to Victoria Canada and as part of the trip we took a sail on the Thane. After the sail it was all over. I had to have a boat of my own and sail on the seas.

A side interest that has developed from my reading of history and sailing has been the dress, manners and etiquette of English society during the Age of Sail. I think it would be awesome to have a British Navy Captain’s uniform to wear at Norewscon. With all of the pirates running around I would be the only lawman and therefore the true rebel/outsider.

So, [livejournal.com profile] pallidbat does that answer your questions? Does anyone else have some questions?

* I have the dubious distinction of earning the Sailing merit badge one summer at Scout camp without actually having learned how to sail. I should post that story sometime.

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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.

[livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen was up for the weekend again. This time we had a list of specific apartments to visit in our search for a new home. However we started out having dinner with [livejournal.com profile] jerichobrown and his wife at The People's Pub in Ballard. While walking from the car we happened across [livejournal.com profile] kerrizor who was in the area and out with some friends. Dinner was good and I'll have to go back there to try some of the other dishes they offer.

Saturday was a crazy mess of going from apartment complex to apartment complex. At the end of the day we had two strong contenders and in the end the Gates of Redmond won out with their two-floor townhome. Sadly with all the running around, miscommunication and two raging migranes we weren't able to join [livejournal.com profile] intrepid_reason and others for dinner and clubbing. I should know not to schedule so much in one day. After a shower to calm down and relax we had a calm dinner with [livejournal.com profile] loree and [livejournal.com profile] datavore.

Sunday we gave the apartment complex a money order to hold the apartment for us until next Saturday. Then we did a bit of furniture shopping for a new bed. We found a few that we liked but the promise of a headboard with bookcases in a month led us to wait so I'm off to buy a box springs and mattress that I'll use on the floor for a while.

After bed shopping it was time for tourism. So it was back to Ballard to visit the Chittenden Locks which is the first on the list of sites in the Maritime Heritage Network. It seems that you can go through the locks in a kayak and I might have to do that someday.


Jun. 16th, 2006 02:50 pm

I've wasted far too much time today looking at sail boats, kayaks and local boat related websites. I did find quite a few place I want to go visit. Needless to say this isn't helping me to get any work done on a Friday afternoon.

For starters I want to visit every site that's part of the Maritime Heritage Network. That should keep me busy for a few weeks.

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Today I watched a show about icebreakers on the History Channel. I enjoyed the show and learned quite a few facts that I didn't know before. For example, ice breakers normally don't ram the ice to break it. They are designed to slide up on the ice and then the weight of the ship breaks the ice as it falls back into the water. The Coast Guard's ice breaking mission started with President Roosevelt's Executive Order No. 7521, issued December 21, 1936, directing the Coast Guard "to assist in keeping open to navigation by means of icebreaking operations...channels and harbors within the reasonable demands of commerce."

I love my Tivo because of all the good shows I keep finding. ;)

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Browsing around at random I discovered that the Lady Washington is making her way up the Pacific coast. She'll be in Coos Bay next May and while the schedule stops there it does say she will continue up the coast of Oregon to the Columbia river. That means I'll have quite a few chances to go out for a sail on her at one of the stops. Wah Hoo!

Who's with me?



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