Finished on the Maris Pearl
This week, we finished painting the Maris Pearl‘s Enterprise diesel engine and cleaned up so the owner and his family can get under way. It feels good to have the job done.
The Timber Heritage Association sent three more injectors to the shop and so just like the last set, we tore them down and cleaned all the parts made a list of missing or broken parts and started fitting all the parts for interchangeability.
Tug Boat Party
The International Retired Tugboat Association had a very nice gathering this week on Tracy and Giles’ tug the Olmsted in Ballard. It’s a great party where representatives of several old tug boats shared stories and advice.
I’ve been going to the party for years and can’t help but notice the association evolving to more of a family-friendly support group from the can-crushing machoism I remember. I don’t know if it’s the slowed economy or the aging boats we like or the dozens of other maritime pressures affecting the old tugboat community. I admit I am only loosely connected to the IRTA, but I remember more chest-thumping pulling contests and heated arguments about race statistics.
Even without the machoism, though, the IRTA is a wonderful group and I know that old tugboat owners love company.