DAVID G. SELLARS ON THE WATERFRONT: 2.6 million board feet loaded onto log ship bound for China
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Pan Daisy is shown moored to Port of Port Angeles Terminal 3 to take on logs. She was scheduled to depart Saturday.
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Here is Platypus Marine's "house of blue tarps," under which Motega sits as she is being prepped for new paint: the red and white colors of Arrow Launch.
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Sea Venture, which was built more than 30 years ago in Port Townsend.
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The Qualay Squallum sits in Platypus' yard.

By David G. Sellars
PDN Maritime Columnist

Port Angeles Yacht Club open house today

Don't forget the Port Angeles Yacht Club's open house today (Sunday) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

It will provide the general public with information on how to enjoy the waters that surround our North Olympic Peninsula.

During the open house, representatives of the Port of Port Angeles, Port Angeles High School Sailing Club, Olympic Peninsula Paddlers, Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association, Feiro Marine Life Center, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the yacht club will provide information and demonstrate equipment related to on-water activities.

Information on the Boat Haven marina and boatyard services also will be available.

Bring your boat: The power squadron will conduct free vessel safety checks for any boat at the marina or brought to the event, and 2014 decals will be provided for those boats that successfully pass inspection.

The yacht club will have numerous power and sailboats open for tours.

For more information, contact yacht club Commodore Randy Volker at info@payc.org or by phoning 619-884-4599.
If you WERE driving along Marine Drive in Port Angeles this past week, it was hard to miss the vast collection of debarked logs and the 587-foot cargo ship Pan Daisy loading many of them.

Pan Daisy moored to the Port of Port Angeles Terminal 3 last Tuesday to take her cargo of logs harvested from private lands in Western Washington for shipment to China.

Prior to her arrival in Port Angeles, the vessel made a stop in Everett, where she spent about three days taking on approximately 2.4 million board feet of logs.

While in Port Angeles — she was due to depart for Asia on Saturday afternoon — longshoremen filled out the vessel's cargo by loading an additional 2.6 million board feet of logs, according to Grant Munro, who brokered the sale.

Yacht's homecoming

A handsome 70-foot yacht named Sea Venture moored in the Port Angeles Boat Haven last week.

She hails from Coronado, Calif., on San Diego Bay, and on Thursday, she was at the fuel dock, where I caught up with her owner, Dan Fitzgerald.

Dan said when he bought Sea Venture 10 years ago, he did a complete refit that included installing new engines and generators.

He first came to Port Angeles in 2007, and during that visit, Daryl Wakefield, president of Westport Shipyard, came down to the boat and introduced himself.

Dan said Daryl gave him a history lesson on the yacht and that the questions I was asking him Thursday could be better answered by Daryl.

The busy Daryl was kind enough to spend a few minutes with me Friday to talk about Sea Venture.

The yacht is an Ed Monk design, Daryl said, and the hull is a Kelly Palmer upon which the yacht was built in Port Townsend at Admiral Marine Works Inc.

Admiral was owned by Daryl's father, Earl Wakefield.

Daryl noted that he worked on Sea Venture when he was a strapping lad of about 19 years of age, helping to install the original mechanical and electrical components.

He added that he no doubt would have worked on the fiberglass crew, too — in that environment, there is no job that he hasn't done or isn't capable of doing.

Sea Venture was launched in Port Townsend in 1979 as Reward.

So what's her next venture?

Sea Venture will remain in the Boat Haven for the next week or so and then head for Alaska.

A blessing

Last year, Mitch Poling taught a class on building the skin and frame for a baidarka (kayak) of the Chugach people of Prince William Sound, Alaska, at the Wooden Boat Foundation boat shop in Port Townsend.

That kayak was offered for sale at the Wooden Boat Chandlery.

Since then, another baidarka has been built by Irv Mortensen, a student in the class.

The word “baidarka” is actually a Russian word. It is the diminutive form of “baidar,” which means “boat,” so “baidarka” means “small boat.”

There will be a dedication and blessing of both baidarkas Tuesday by Father Nicholas Kime, the priest of St. Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church of Port Townsend.

This blessing is in the tradition of the Chugach people, and it will take place Tuesday at 4 p.m.

In for servicing

Platypus Marine, the full-service shipyard, yacht-repair facility and steel-boat manufacturer on Marine Drive in Port Angeles, hauled Qualay Squallum out of the water and has her sitting on the hard.

According to Brad Hale, who works in Platypus' sales and marketing department, Jeremy Winn of Hoquiam, who owns the boat, uses her as a crabber and a seiner.

Personnel are removing the crabbing gear and putting the vessel's seining gear aboard, which will allow Jeremy to get back into the water and put the boat back to work.

Earlier in the week, Platypus Marine hauled Motega out of the water.

She is an 80-foot-long work boat that is part of the Arrow Launch fleet owned and operated by Jack and Terri Harmon of Port Angeles.

They acquired the blue and white vessel in 2013 and are now painting her in the Arrow company colors: red and white.

According to Brad, Motega will likely be on the hard beneath the house of blue tarps for the next couple of weeks.

Harbor filler-up

Tesoro Petroleum on Wednesday afternoon provided bunkers in Port Angeles Harbor to the anchored articulated tug and barge Pride.

The Crowley-owned vessel pushes barge 650-7, which has a payload of
7.7 million gallons of petroleum products.

Then Tesoro moved the refueling barge to Overseas Ariadmar, a 600-foot petroleum-products tanker, and bunkered her.

The Marshall Islands-registered ship got underway early Friday afternoon for Anacortes.

At that time Friday, Tesoro was refueling High Tide, a 600-foot petroleum-products carrier that is flagged in Liberia. She is on her way to Cherry Point from Callao, a major seaport in Peru west of Lima.


David G. Sellars is a Port Angeles resident and former Navy boatswain's mate who enjoys boats and strolling the area waterfronts.

Items and questions involving boating, port activities and the North Olympic Peninsula waterfronts are always welcome.

Email dgsellars@hotmail.com or phone him at 360-808-3202.

His column, On the Waterfront, appears Sundays.

Last modified: May 03. 2014 7:10PM
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