Tugboat PAULA S representing vintage tugboats of the Pacific Northwest. Argh! Lads and lassies, navigate the northwest seas as PAULA S rides the waves with a bone in her teeth.
Pacific Coast Tugboat PAULA S
Paula S History. She was built in 1945 for the US Navy at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon and delivered 17 July 45. First numbered YTB-507, later renumbered to YTM-770, USS Mimac.
Mimac A tribe of Canadian Indians.
(YTB-507: displace. 218; length. 100'; breadth. 28'; daftr. 9'7"; speed 12 k.; class. Cholocco)
Mimac (YTB-507) was laid down 4 January 1945 by Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon; launched 17 May 1945; and placed in service 17 July 1945.
Assigned to the 13th Naval District headquartered at Seattle, Mimac has served into 1960 assisting larger vessels in berthing and docking, and providing towing services and waterfront firefighting protection. She was reclassified YTM-770 on 1 April 1966. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/m11/mimac.htm
In 1985, decommissioned, and sold to Island Tug & Barge Co., named Paula S for one of the daughters of company founder, Norm Stanley. (Others were Patricia and Gail)
She ran twin direct reversable engines, into a chain gear for one propeller shaft and propeller.
In the early 90's ITB repowered the Paula with twin Cat 398, and got rid of the direct reversable engines.
Recently (June 2010)the Paula is for sale, laying at a layberth on the Duwamish River
One of the early modifications ITB did, was to add a tow winch, and cut off some of the "sub rubber" on the bottom of the tug, to reduce drag. The "sub rubber" was to protect the fragile submarine hulls as she worked with them.
Island Tug and Barge used the Paula to haul gravel into various ports in Seattle, misc towing in the Northwest, and West Coast, and Alaska. She towed for many years a cement barge from the Fraser River to Seattle. To this day she maintains many Navy features she was built with, including the ship puds along the upper deck, and the stainless steel galley. The galley tables still hold the checker board, and backgammon table printed into the surface.
Originally the tugs purpose was the towing of ocean sailing vessels to and from their intended docks. Today, mighty engines move ships, yet these ships continue to require assistance of these powerful and responsive tugboats in and out of docks throughout Puget Sound and around the world. The construction of today’s tugboats includes the most advanced functional designs, advanced electronic navigation and mighty engines combined with the finest able bodied crews and skilled captains. ARGH! Lads! This is seafaring.
Pacific Coast Tugboats
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. Tugboats and cargo navigated waters 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.
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