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Gig Harbor BoatShop Will Host Historic Vessels as part of the Donkey Creek Chum Festival

Gig Harbor, WA. – As part of the Gig Harbor Chum Festival, the Gig Harbor BoatShop (a Gig Harbor maritime non-profit organization) will host two Gig Harbor built historic vessels at Jerisich Park dock on Saturday September 20th from 10 am to 4 pm. The two most renowned boat designs to ever emerge from Gig Harbor boatyards, the Skansie Shipyard-built purse seiner Veteran launched in 1926 and the Eddon Boat Company-built Pirouette launched in 1958, are beautifully restored and will be available for the public to go aboard.

Skansie Shipyard built 96 purse seiners between 1912 and 1949 that were well known and admired by fishermen up and down the west coast and Alaska. Eddon Boat Company built the Thunderbird sailboat with over a thousand boats sailing from Maine to Australia. The Veteran and the Pirouette are working samples of each design. Fisherman Nick Fahey, owner of the Veteran homeported in Anacortes, says “restoring the Veteran has been a labor of love” (see Wooden Boat magazine issue 204, for the restoration story). Veteran is still rigged to commercial fish, and the Gig Harbor BoatShop uses the Pirouette, Thunderbird #2, for public sailings.

Two of Veteran sistership’s Shenandoah and Commencement (aka La Touche) reside respectively at the Harbor History Museum and at the Skansie Netshed. Pirouette’s predecessor Thunderbird #1 also resides at the museum. Jaime Storkman Gig Harbor BoatShop board member and Pirouette skipper said, “this is a extraordinary opportunity to see each design in and out of the water on the same day.” In addition to owner Nick Fahey, Jake Bujacich past mayor of Gig Harbor and Veteran’s skipper in the 1970’s, will be aboard the Veteran at Jerisich Park to answer questions and to regale visitors with commercial fishing and vintage Gig Harbor stories. BoatShop volunteer Ed Josberger as well as others steeped in Thunderbird and Eddon Boatyard history with will be aboard the Pirouette . The two vessels will be moored next to one another. There is no fee to go aboard the vessels.

Visit the Gig Harbor BoatShop website for additional Chum Festival happenings at the Gig Harbor BoatShop or call 253-857-9344.


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Gig Harbor BoatShop

John Humphrey


Cell: 253-722-6991



Gig Harbor BoatShop

Guy Hoppen