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Saturday, May 12, 2012

2012 Seattle Maritime Festival

The 2012 Seattle Maritime Festival was held today at the downtown Seattle waterfront, off Pier 66. The festival is presented by the Seattle Propeller Club. Its principal sponsor this year was Vigor Industrial, a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and marine and fabrication services in the Pacific Northwest. 

The festival began with a display by the Seattle Fire Department fireboat Leschi, which was immediately followed by a tugboat ballet featuring several Foss and Crowley tugs that we see regularly on Elliott Bay.

Later, a US Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Port Angeles, WA performed a sea/air helicopter rescue demonstration using a mannequin rather than a live person. No need for alarm.

The US Oil & Refining Seattle Tugboat Race Championships brought the festival to an exciting conclusion.

The Class C Limited Tug race was won by the US Army Small Tug Scholarie (ST 905), based in Tacoma.

Other Class C participants included – well, judge for yourself why they were entered in the Class C race.

The Class B Harbor Tug race was won by Ocean Eagle, a 33.5-meter tug owned by Dahl Tug & Barge, Seattle. Ocean Eagle barely edged out Galene and several other harbor tugs in a close contest for the championship.

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