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Martha Foss Near Shore
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MARTHA FOSS Near Shore
Pacific Coast Tugboat
Artwork dedicated to the men of the Pacific Coast’s fleet of working boats, and to the gallant vessels, which will forever live in our memory.
Classic Pacific Coast Tugboats: Gallant workboats with a history of nostalgic drama and color in tugboat operation on Pacific waters. Tugboats are a colorful and essential part of the Pacific Coast seascape today, just as they were a century ago.
Pushing their way through fierce storms to find a stricken ship a thousand miles at sea or sailing down a fairway on a summer afternoon with seagulls crying and catching rides on the boom of logs astern, tugboats are a colorful and essential part of the Pacific Northwest Coast today.
The hiss of steam and the creak of walking beams have given way to diesel and tractor power. Tugboats are a story of brave men in powerful vessels who are not afraid to take on a mighty ocean. A history of hard hitting sea adventures of the great ships of sail and steam alike.
Tugboats on Puget Sound
Tug boating started on Puget Sound as a means of getting trees to the mills. The ‘timber barons’ of the nineteenth century built their sawmills on tidewater, rigged with miles of virgin forests. Steam tugs towed the log rafts to the mills.
Sailing ships came to Puget Sound from all ports of the world. Around the Horn from Europe and East Coast ports, across the Pacific from the Orient and the Antipodes, and up the West Coast from the booming towns of California.
Originally the tugs purpose was the towing of ocean sailing vessels to and from their intended docks. Today, engines power ships, yet they continue to require assistance of these powerful tugboats in and out of docks throughout Puget Sound.
MARTHA FOSS Near Shore
Artist James R. Williamson
January 27th, 2012
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