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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Boats

BOATS

August 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

At 79, noted scientist still rows to work and for play

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Sketched Aug. 4, 2014

When the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center relocated from First Hill to South Lake Union in the late 1990s, Dr. Rainer Storb, one of its most prominent scientists, started to commute to work by rowing. Now 79 years old, he still does.

A little after 6 in the morning, Storb leaves his Madison Park condo on Lake Washington and rows his way through the Montlake Cut and Portage Bay until he reaches an old wooden cabin near E.East Garfield Street where he stores his boat.

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Comments | More in Boats, Portraits, Recreation, Sports, Transportation, Waterscapes | Topics: South Lake Union

May 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Tough tugs, big cargo and very long trips all the way to Alaska

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Sketched April 23, 2014

For those who work in the local maritime industry, boating season doesn’t start today. It’s a year-round occupation.

Once every three weeks, for example, Capt. Brent Bierbaum and the crew of the Arctic Titan load up their tugboat with food provisions and embark on a 1,400-mile journey to Alaska. The job: to transport a barge the size of a football field all the way to Whittier, a rail-yard outpost on Prince William Sound. From oil-train cars and refrigerated containers with frozen bread to machinery and even boats, the barge’s deck is packed five-stories high. Imagine maneuvering that load through tides and narrow inlets along the coast of Canada. “It’s a huge responsibility,” Bierbaum said.

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Comments | More in Boats, Waterscapes | Topics: Ballard, Elliott Bay

November 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Breaking ground by breaking ice again

Sketched Nov. 26, 2013 For the first time in years, the Polar Star is about to go break some ice. Budget cuts and repairs kept the aging heavy-duty icebreaker sidelined since 2006, but come Tuesday, it will leave Pier 36 on a four-month deployment to Antarctica. Deck Officer Paul Garcia said the mission is to break a…

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Comments | More in Boats, Military, Waterscapes | Topics: Downtown waterfront

February 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Kalakala’s charm not yet rusted out

Sketched Jan. 30, 2012 It may be just a shell of what it once was, the most iconic ferry ever to crisscross Elliott Bay, but the 1930s-era Kalakala hasn’t lost all of its character. Not yet. This week I endured a two-hour paddle — and a humiliating plunge into Commencement Bay — to get an up-close…

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December 9, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Boaters’ Christmas lamp is lit

Sketched Nov. 29 Like many people, Gary Peterson has decked out his home for the holidays. But unlike most, Peterson’s home is a 47-foot-long sailboat that is moored at Shilshole Marina. Last year, the 60-year-old construction worker stocked up on new lights and decorations from the clearance bins. For about $30, he was able to purchase more…

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