Preview: Walkabout in Port Townsend, Washington

August 15, 2012

Eric Blake


Historic Port Townsend Shipyard

I had the good fortune this spring to travel to another incredible mecca for wooden boats, Port Townsend, Washington. I was more than awe-struck by my afternoon walk around the historic Port Townsend Shipyard. The scene is unlike anything I had ever come across. Pound for pound there are more amazing vessels out of the wate here than anywhere I have ever been. The shipyard houses some of the most impressive wooden fishing boats as well as private yachts that are being worked on in the country today. Unlike the other yachting meccas like Newport, R.I., the scene here is very much a working DIY environment that revitalizes one's soul. I was struck by the feeling that traditional wooden boats are alive and well, and that things like a vintage bicycle, a collection of blue tarps, and a dream, are all it takes to live like this here. Following is a photo journey of my walkabout.

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