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    Default Free little tugboat needs rescue

    I was just informed that Parthia, a 1906 50' tug, was flooded after a low tide put her bow under on a beach two days ago. Parthia was in good shape and always a hit at the Olympia tug boat Fest and often won the tug boat races. She is now in Pleasant Harbor on Hood Canal and free to whoever will raise her (deck awash at high tide). I don't know the details of her grounding but this is very sad news about a really cute little tug. If interested contact

    This is urgent. Please call Robért Shashinda (510) 435-3754 day or night or email ironbear_@mac.com . Phone is preferred.


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    Bumped for attention....
    She is a lovely creation, come to a sad chapter. Let's hope someone steps up soon.
    I don't understand how a low tide would put her bow under. Was it caught under a wharf?

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    Little?
    "... and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago."

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    Seems to me, the owner wants to pass on the problem and the cost.

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    Lovely boat. If there is no takers and no way for the owner to raise it, I wish they would just leave it in place. A historic tug decomposing into the mud is a beautiful sight, but they will dig it up at taxpayer expense and put it in a landfill I'm sure.

    Sorry to even go there, if I was crazier and richer I'd probably head over there to raise the boat right now.

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    Well...... provided that the hull is reasonably sound a salvage should neither be costly nor laborious. I can imagine several poosible methods one could use to lift it over a weekend together with one or two friends.
    One could for instance:
    -Turn her around using tractor and logging winch so she comes to rest on an even keel parallel with the beach. Then pump her out at low tide and drag her ashore
    -Build up the sides temporarily in the bow and pump her out at low tide and let the high tide refloat her
    -Use oil drums to give her some boyancy and consequently make her less prone to damage when turniong her around like in the first suggestion.

    The world if full of opportunities and after all she shouldn't be too heavy.

    The question is whether the hull is sound. You don't want to spend a full weekend of preparations on your own plus another weekend with one or two helpers plus some materials if the hull is rotted out.
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    Default Re: Free little tugboat needs rescue

    Quote Originally Posted by heimlaga View Post
    ... after all she shouldn't be too heavy.
    HA!!!
    "... and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago."

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    ^^^ Yes, she's a 50' workboat hull with probably a ton of engine and gear in her. Not going to be light. Still it does seem like this salvage job is not too huge compared to some. I'm hoping someone will step up to save her too. Not holding my breath but I might give Mike Wollaston a call. He's rescued several tugs in the past, including Two Bits.
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    A little background found here.
    http://www.thurstontalk.com/2017/06/...month-parthia/
    Hopefully in better shape than one might imagine but don't really know.

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    Nice link Bruce. Thank you. The lead pic shows her running beautifully and I'd estimate from the bow and stern waves at least 9 knots and that with little wake.

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    L/B Ratio is very, very, old school.

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    If she was truely floating and sound, and only went down due to downflooding as the tide came in with her stuck on that angle; one only needs to get a pump aboard, start pumping, seal the above deck openings (plywood, tarps & canvas) and she will have no choice but to come up with the tide.

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    There's got to be more to the story than meets the eye. It doesn't take much these days to incur repairs that exceed the value of the vessel. I'm not intimately familiar with the area, but I've driven up the road to Port Townsend along the Hood Canal. I believe it's the only fjord in the U.S. We're talking rather steep banks on both sides down to the water most everywhere. I don't know that there's a lot of places on the Hood Canal where you could pull her up on a beach or find a yard with a travel-lift. She's probably rather heavy and at 50' with an 11+ foot beam, she's not going to be "road legal" and will need permits and escort vehicles to move over the highway. Depending on where she is, it may take bringing in a big crane on a barge which ain't cheap. It's possible floating her and towing her out isn't an option because of some government regulation. Like everything with boats, you can bet the job will be a lot more expensive than it looked at first glance!

    Pretty boat. I hope it gets saved.

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    I believe it's the only fjord in the U.S. We're talking rather steep banks on both sides down to the water most everywhere.
    Somes Sound, in Maine, is another fjord. I believe they're the only two in the Lower 48.

    Lots of mudbanks along the Hood Canal, at the bottom of those steep banks, but DNR screams bloody murder at the idea of beaching a boat for any sort of work. And no, not many haul-outs. Certainly none for a boat of her heft. Best bet will be to re-float her and tow her to Port Townsend for the inevitable major work.

    Far beyond what I can do anything about, but I hope someone steps up.

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    Why wouldn't it be legal to refloat and tow a boat you own yourself?

    When it comes to recovering property from becoming a total loss due to submerging or fire or storm damage or structural collapse then it doesn't matter whether all methods follow all regulations.
    Bureaucrats are usually soundly asleep from friday night to monday morning and between 5 pm and 8 am. During those spells of calm weather one can salvage a lot.
    Usually there are straigtforward ways to prewent damage to nature or third party even though the method may not be licensed and approved by every little bureaucrat.

    At least that's the way we do it in Österbotten.......and of cause there are never ever any eye witnesses. Nobody want to turn in the nice bloke who tried his best to minimize damage to others.
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    I haven't followed up on what has happened since. But a couple of points; she is in Pleasant Harbor, one of the few protected bays on Hood Canal. There is a marina there but I don't think haul out facilities. Last I saw her at the Olympia Harbor Days last Labor Day, she was in good shape. I don't think she's a rotten boat. IIRC, she has classic old running gear, maybe an Atlas or Gardiner, not sure. Seems like that could be a big expense.
    Last edited by ron ll; 07-29-2017 at 09:13 PM.

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    We once rasised a boat with this method. Watch what follows the cartoon.
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    I asked my contact on Parthia about an update and here is the response she received from the owner:

    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Robert Shashinda [mailto:ironbear_@mac.com]
    > Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 10:11 PM
    > To: info@harbordays.com
    > Subject: Parthia
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    > Hello Carol,
    > We have had a few calls of interest, but none have made a commitment.
    > I will again attempt to raise her this week as i have purchased dive
    > gear and a second pump. Thanks for your inquiry. Robért Shashinda

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    Jut saw an update on Parthia. She has been acquired by the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association, raised and towed then trailered from Hood Canal to Olympia where the plan is to restore her. More info here:


    https://www.facebook.com/OlympiaHarb...37313616288948
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    Finastkind.

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    Glad to hear it!

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    Saw her in the boatyard just yesterday! And looking pretty good, considering.
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    Good ending to what could have been a sad story.

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    Not over yet. Restoration and preservation are fields of controversy, inadequate funding, and sad carcasses in the weeds. I hope the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association succeeds.

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    Given what a mess the Sandman organization is, by the reports I've heard, I'll wait before I cheer. Hopefully Oly will be kinder to Parthia.

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    Here's the local news' piece on Parthia:

    http://www.theolympian.com/news/loca...link=mainstage

    Any idea who the "trawler yacht" was who towed her to PT?

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    Alex, per the Facebook link info in post #19, the trawler yacht is JEAN MARIE, owned by Rick Panowicz.


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    Thanks Rick. I don't partake in FB, so the relay is much appreciated.

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    Alex, I don't do FB either, that said, you answered a question for me on my barometer and I thought maybe I could 'return the favor'

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    Sort of good news I guess. The plan looks to be to make her a dry land “attraction”. Before she sank she was winning races and she only “sank” because they moored her too shallow and she tipped over on a low tide. But, I guess this is better than letting her rot on a beach.

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    Ah, for a return to the bad old days, preinternet, when flame wars happened in WoodenBoat's letters section and issues of preservation were hotly debated while great vessels moldered away.

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    A few photos of Parthia, at Swantown Boatworks...

    Parthia_01.jpg
    Parthia_02.jpg
    Parthia_03.jpg
    Parthia_04.jpg

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    Huh. She sure looks good to me. It would be a shame to put her on land. I say give her some recaulking and paint and put her back in the water.
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    She is said to have a great deal of "deferred maintenance" which demands expensive attention.

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    Ah, yes. That would make sense.
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