Farewell, HMS Bounty: A Letter from the NWMC Executive Director

HMS BOUNTY, lost along with two crew including Captain Robin Walbridge in Hurricane Sandy.

From Jake Beattie, Executive Director of the Northwest Maritime Center.

The Bounty that sank on Monday was my first ship. In ’98 and ’99 I was a $50-a-week deckhand turned engineer, turned first mate. I was the last First Mate before the Bounty left Fall River, and the last time the Bounty tried to sink off of Hatteras, I was in the engine room up to my chest in bilge water, rebuilding pumps to buy us time until the Coast Guard arrived. We were luckier that day.

By |2012-11-01T08:26:30+00:00October 31st, 2012|Northwest Maritime Center|0 Comments

Sea Harvest Dinner-a good dinner for a good cause

Thought you would want to know about this fun dinner!

The 3rd Annual Harvest of the Sea Dinner is taking place Thursday, November 8 at NWMC. It is a fund-raiser to support the longboat team from Mar Vista High School (Bravo Team) taking place from 5:30-8:30PM. The tickets are $30 and children 12 and under are free. The students will participate in all aspects of putting on the dinner with the help of Mystery Bay Seafood Catering.

Bravo Team meets once a week to go out on the water in the Longboat Townshend. Our primary goals are to assist students in developing the physical skills, attitudes, communication techniques, teamwork and leadership skills required to be an effective member of the crew.  Students learn seamanship skills, natural history, boat maintenance skills and are introduced to the rich maritime trades community of Port Townsend. They receive high school credit through Mar Vista from the program. The class culminates with a 4 day expedition aboard the longboat in the San Juan Islands. This program has been offered by NWMC at no cost to the students for nearly 10 years. This program provides a much needed experiential and hands on experience for high school students in our community!

The Oyster Bar and Live Music is from 5:30-6:30, the Seafood Feast from 6:30-8:30.

Tickets are available at the Wooden Boat Chandlery. )  360-385-3628×104



By |2012-10-24T15:15:33+00:00October 24th, 2012|Northwest Maritime Center|0 Comments


June 1-3, 2012

Port Townsend’s 29th Annual Classic Mariner’s Regatta
for wooden boats of all designs

Hosted by the Wooden Boat Foundation www.woodenboat.org

This event is for WOODEN boats only. Wooden motor boats are welcome to come and participate in the event as a spectator fleet. See below for moorage option.

Friday June 1st         6 pm         Welcome party and late registration. Free beer and snacks. Last chance to sign up for Saturday dinner.    
Saturday June 2nd  9:30 am    Skipper’s Meeting with free coffee and pastries
12 noon     First of two races begin on Port Townsend Bay;
Second race commences immediately following first
6 pm          Dinner
8 pm          Live Music and Dancing with “The Better Half”
Sunday June 3rd    9 am          Rowing race for wood dinghies, shells, kayaks
12 noon      Third and last race for the sailboats
5 pm          Awards Ceremony
SATURDAY DINNER OPTION: $16.00 per person. Includes pasta, salad, bread, dessert and two drinks.
DANCE PARTY: Live Music with The Better Half, our great Port Townsend rock-n-soul party band!
REGISTRATION and liability release forms can be downloaded from www.woodenboat.org, or obtained from the NWMC. Early registration is greatly appreciated! Late registrations will be accepted Friday night at the welcome party, but not at the skipper’s meeting Saturday.
Cost is $10 for rowers and kayakers and $40 for all others (per boat). Cost covers all races, welcome party, skipper’s meeting and pastries, Saturday night dancing. If you are already registered for the sail race, you need not pay again for the rowing race. Make check out to “Wooden Boat Foundation” and write “CMR” and your boat name on the check. Mail check or give it to Catherine at the front desk at NWMC.

Call Catherine at 360-385-3628, x104 or email registrar@nwmaritime.org for more information.

Moorage has been arranged with Point Hudson. Those wishing to utilize it must call Point Hudson (385- 2828) to secure a spot. The charge is approximately $1.00 per foot and is due upon arrival at Point Hudson. The Port has waived the registration fee to sign up. Plan to raft-up unless you designate otherwise. We lose any slips that are not taken by May 19th so it is important to call early and make your reservation. Moorage is very limited this time of year, so don’t wait!

Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368

By |2012-05-22T07:54:20+00:00May 21st, 2012|Northwest Maritime Center|0 Comments

Tales of Life at Sea with Cap’n Fatty

Come one come all to the Cap’n Fatty Happy Hour Sunday March 18th, 3 to 5 pm, at the NorthWest Maritime Center

Cap'n Fatty hams it up with some friends on Niuatoputapu, an island in Tonga. Photos courtesy of Cap'n Fatty Goodlander

Hear stories from this highly entertaining author, NPR commentator and Cruising World editor during a rare in-person appearance.  Even non-boaters will love hearing Cap’n Fatty’s tales of life at sea and having the chance to ask him questions and chat with him afterwards.  Admission is $10; beer and wine will be available for sale.  The audience will be limited to the first 200 attendees on a first come, first served basis. Sponsored by Three Sheets Northwest

Here are a couple fun interviews with Cap’n Fatty and his wife Carolyn

Well worth checking out!