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WANDERER
Pictured as: the Wanderer (Puget Sound Tugboat Company) Photo by: P.S.M.H.S.

Built in 1890, by the Hall Brothers of Port Blakely, Washington as the Wanderer for the Port Blakely Mill Company of Port Blakely, Washington.

In 1891, the Port Blakely Mill Company entered a partnership to provide tugboat service in the Puget Sound region. And provided the tug as a part of creating the Puget Sound Tugboat Company of Port Townsend, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1918, the tug was acquired by the Merrill and Ring Lumber Company of Pysht, Washington. Where she retained her name.

In 1936, she was acquired by the Foss Tug and Launch Company of Tacoma, Washington. Where the tug retained her name. In their employ, she was used primarily to move barges loaded with railcars between Seattle, Port Townsend and Bellingham, Washington.

In February of 1947, the tug ran aground near Double Bluff on Whidbey Island. Though not heavily damaged, the nearly 60-year old tug was considered obsolete. And was stripped, and scuttled near the Nisqually River mouth to form a breakwater.
(Kyle Stubbs)


  • Vessel Name: WANDERER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 812750
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Hull Material: WOOD
  • Ship Builder: HALL BROS
  • Year Built: 1890
  • Length: 128.2
  • Hailing Port: SEATTLE, WA.
  • Hull Depth: 11.4
  • Hull Breadth: 23.8
  • Gross Tonnage: 212
  • Net Tonnage: 125
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Wanderer
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Port Blakely Mill Company, Puget Sound Tugboat Company, Merrill and Ring Lumber Company, Foss Tug and Launch Company