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News Category: Our Stories

National Fisherman asking for West Coast Highliner nominees


Honoring our commercial fisher-folk sure seems like a good thing to this blog editor. You may have received this already in your inbox but if not, please check it out.

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“All you need is love”…A little marine trades (and Beatles) Wisdom


Diana Talley was among the 2021-22 honorees presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the NWMC on September 8th. She delivered a humorous and moving acceptance speech worthy of standing amidst the best-of commencement speeches inspiring the next generation of trades people just entering the workforce.  For those of us “oldish-timers” who were present, there was …

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North Jetty Ground Breaking


Boat festival had barely been packed up when the port of PT held a ground breaking ceremony at Point Hudson to launch the rebuilding of the North Jetty as stage one of the Point Hudson break water project. People strolled up from all directions leading to a nice turnout with a mixture of community members …

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St. John II


This is a really thorough article about one of the boats our local trades people at the Shipwright’s Co-op works on every year – ST JOHN II, 59 feet built in 1944 at Hansen Boat Company in Ballard. Hansen is one of the handful of Western Washington shops that built most of the traditional fishing …

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Wooden Boat festival 2022 photos


This is only the first round of photos from the 2022 Wooden Boat Festival as we endeavor to tell the stories of our marine trades community. Diana Talley’s Women in the Marine Trades forum was well attended, interesting, fun and enlightening. Thank you all for making this happen.

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Welcome Abeli Marine Electric


We welcome new PTMTA member Jo Abeli of Abeli Marine Electric to our ranks. Thank you for making our marine trades industry and PTMTA voice stronger in Jefferson County through your business and your membership.

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Working Waterfront PTMTA graphic August 2022


We want to thank Melanya Nordstrom, this year’s multi-talented PTMTA Treasurer for creating an excellent 5″x10″ half page ad for the Boat Festival issue of the Leader’s Working Waterfront insert. If you have high resolution photos and ideas for the bi-annual Working Waterfront ads, please contact ptmarinetrades (at) gmail.com. While we are on the topic …

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Point Hudson Jetty Ground Breaking event


SEPTEMBER 14th at 3:30pm Ground Breaking Point Hudson Jetty From the Port of Port Townsend. Follow the link to open the full PDF with details. Join us for this long-awaited event Wednesday, September 14 at 3:30

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Festival Schedule and LOCAL Marine Trades presenters


Many of our members and local marine trades folk have stepped up to make presentations and teach workshops at the Wooden Boat Festival. This is our local tradition and we want to keep it that way. Thank you to all of the presenters and participants from our community keeping the founding symposium spirit alive. See …

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Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrate our own…


The Lifetime Achievement Awards will be held Thursday, September 8 at the Cruising/Technical Stage at the Northwest Maritime Center. Doors open at 5:00 PM, awards start at 5:30 PM. This heartfelt Festival tradition is hosted by WoodenBoat Magazine and is open to the public. Beer and wine available for purchase. 2022 will recognize the Hanke …

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WBF free Passes for PTMTA Tent Volunteers Reminder!


Please help us fill up the tent tender sign up sheet. Marine Trades folk who sign up to chat about their marine trades expertise with visitors at the PTMTA Tent will get free passes at the gate. You can take time to roam the show and still make your shift at the tent. Email the …

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The next Working Waterfront on KPTZ


OUR WORKING WATERFRONT with host Chris Bricker Friday 12:10-12:30pm September 9   Cohost Eron Berg, Port of Port Townsend director, joins KPTZ’s Chris Bricker to give a monthly update from Our Working Waterfront. And then we pay a visit to Pete and Cathy Langley at the Port Townsend Foundry, whose specialty is bronze marine hardware. Pete …

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KPTZ Working Waterfront 6/10 Paul Svornich


For the “Our Stories Archive: In this episode of Our Working Waterfront, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker, Port of Port Townsend’s Director Eron Berg, and Port Commissioner Pam Petranek explore the Boat Yard and visit with tuna fisherman Paul Svornich and his wife, Lorraine, beneath the stern of their 38 foot sloop named Ocean. Click the image …

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Celebration of Life for Scot Landis


Tuesday, September 27th 4:00 – 8:00pm ~ Finnriver Cidery Chimacum, Washington Please join Kathleen Mitchell in remembering Scott, the remarkable man with the unforgettable smile…. We will have an altar in honor of Scott If so inspired, please bring a special object, poem, candle, or whatever reminds you of Scott to place on the altar  There …

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Preserve WA- Youth Heritage Project maritime focus


On July 12-15, 2022 The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation held our ninth annual Youth Heritage Project in Port Townsend in partnership with the National Park Service, the Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, and the Washington State Parks Department, with Fort Worden State Historical Park serving as the base for the program. Students had …

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KPTZ Working Waterfront- Joel Kawahara


This podcast is an exemplary Oral History of our Working Waterfront. Posting specific episodes for the “our Stories” category of this blog. Enjoy! On Our Working Waterfront, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Port Commissioner Pam Petranek visit with 3rd generation Quilcene resident Joel Kawahara.

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Festival Conversation Props


Do you have an interesting model, mock up, or demo sample that we could display in the PTMTA tent at this year’s festival? The PTMTA is looking for interesting objects relevant to the marine trades that will peek visitor curiosity and inspire educational conversations. These items could have historical significance or demonstrate modern techniques or …

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Our Stories; Rockin’ Rendezvous event


A new event in town for a good cause. This inaugural event on August 21st will feature live storytelling with local special guests Margie Abraham (“She raised a “fleet” of sailing children, with humor and grace”, Nancy McDaniel, the Milhollands, and more. Click the poster below to learn more. Below that is a history tidbit …

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Building our Lifeboat Fund


The PTMTA collects funds earmarked for our marine trades people who are dealing with injury or health crisis that interferes with their ability to work. We understand that many of our members are under insured and cash in the hand could pay a bill or buy needed groceries, and at the very least, communicate our …

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Ted Pike Memorial Race AUG 6


The Ted Pike Memorial Race is this Saturday, August 6th, 2022. This unique race involves anchoring, raising sails, running, possibly swimming or paddle boarding or kayaking, and sailing, and drinking (rum, or water). Entry fee: one pint of good rum. Party after the race at the Martha Boat Shop. Get all the details on the …

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