A historic Puget Sound tugboat with a colorful past, built in 1926. Still floating on Puget Sound today. Will you be part of her future?
A part of Puget Sound maritime history.
She began her life as the Edward A. Young, a log boom tug plying the waters of Puget Sound. Built by Tacoma Tug & Barge company in 1926, she had ruts in her deck planking from the cork boots of the men who worked on her. Her starboard bow shows some sort of impact but that story is known only to those who can no longer speak. Even such an impact, though, has little long-lasting effect on such a vessel. She was built hell-for-stout, having 2" thick planks of old growth Douglas Fir, with 3"x 3" ribs on 12" centers (12" from the center of one rib to the next). But her real integrity comes from her ceiling. No, not like the one above your head, but a boat's ceiling, or inner planking layer. Yes, she essentially has two hulls, an inner and an outer!
We don't have a lot of history from her time as a working tugboat. We're hoping eventually to get information from the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society but they are hard to reach during the pandemic.
One day in 2008 in the shipyard in Port Townsend, Washington where we were hauled out, Rich was standing on the scaffolding working on the hull. A old sailor came up to him and, without preamble, asked if this was the Edward A Young in front of him. Upon receiving a Yes from Rich, he uttered this astonishing statement. "I was there the day she died." He proceeded to tell Rich of that fateful day in the Foss Waterway in Tacoma when the Edward A Young "went into irons." For a tugboat, this is a fateful maneuver where the tug's towline, connecting the tug to whatever it's towing, goes over the side of the tug opposite to its tow. The towline gets underneath the tug. The tow, pushed by wind or tides, moves away from the tug and the tug capsizes! And that, my friends, was the end of the tugboat history of the Edward A. Young.