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The Seattle Sketcher

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

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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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July 8, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Pier 86 is a little less crowded, a lot more cozy

Sketched July 5, 3:27 p.m. People come to this long pier at Terminal 86 to catch all sorts of marine life, depending on the time of the year: lingcod, rockfish, Dungeness crab, salmon and squid. Terry Stroud is one of about a dozen regulars. There’s also Ken, Cris, Rich When they catch a big fish, they snap…

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July 1, 2011 at 7:38 PM

The man beneath the fin

Sketched June 28, 11:46 a.m. It’s all in a day’s work for Seattle’s newest superhero. OrcaMan stands tall on a West Seattle dock, ready to jump on his Jet Ski to chase ferries, wave at the passengers and scoop up litter polluting our beautiful bay. “OrcaMan! OrcaMan!” shout some kayakers who spot him and his trademark…

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