There’s a lot of maritime music around the Pacific Northwest, AND there are good places (besides this one) to find it.

      Chantey Sings

  • Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing  (Seattle, WA) Usually on the second Friday of every month in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.
  • Tavern Shanty Sing  (Georgetown, WA) Usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Jules Maes Saloon in Georgetown.
  • Sea Shanties at Penn Cove (Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island). Usually 2nd or 3rd Fridays, 7-9pm. 780 SE Bayshore Drive, Oak Harbor. (Note, there are 2 other Penn Cove locations on Whidbey.  Make sure you’re heading to the Oak Harbor location)
  • Budd Bay Shanty Sing (Olympia, WASHINGTON) Held on the first Sunday of every month, 7-9pm. In Summer by the harbor, in Winter at Mercato’s restaurant on Market Street (more info)
  • The Second Saturday Sea Song Singing Session  (Richland, WASHINGTON)  Note: This sing is not 100% chanties
  • Port Townsend Sing Shanties Song Circle  (Port Townsend, WASHINGTON)  Note: This sing stopped in May 2017, but occasionally holds special events.
  • Victoria Nautical Song Circle  (Victoria, BC.)  Note: Might not still be active

      Other Lists & links for Community Sings (Maritime and Not Maritime)


      Performers and Festivals



      Tour a Tugboat

  • The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, every year on the Fourth of July weekend, offers free tours of all kinds of boats. This is the best place to hear the Arthur Foss engine running, as heard in the last track on the Northwest Tugboat Tales CD.
  • Olympia Harbor Days  Labor Day weekend in Olympia, Washington.

      Take Children to See a Tugboat

  • Tugboat Story Time on the Arthur Foss is a free, drop-in event on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.
  • The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival, every year on the Fourth of July weekend, offers free tours of all kinds of boats.
  • The Arthur Foss (below) offers tours several times a year

      The Arthur Foss

The Arthur Foss is an 1889 tugboat, and a National Historic Landmark.  This boat is currently owned by Northwest Seaport, and is tied up at Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park in Seattle.

      Online Information about Tugboats

      Tugboat Companies in the Pacific Northwest

Please email us at info@maritimefolknet.org with names of other marine towing companies to add to this list.

      Photos and Books about Tugboats

OTHER BOATS (not tugs)

  • Lightship Swiftsure (LV83)  is a 1904 steam engine lightship and one of the oldest remaining lightships in the US. Currently owned & being restored by Northwest Seaport.
  • M/V Lotus  is a 1909 motor houseboat yacht built in Seattle for Maurice McMicken, and currently owned & operated by the M/V Lotus Foundation.
  • Twilight  is a 1933 Fishing Troller built in Seattle, and now owned & operated by Northwest Seaport.
  • Schooner Adventuress  is a 1913 gaff-rigged schooner and a National Historic Landmark, currently operated by Sound Experience, a non-profit organization based in Port Townsend, Washington.
  • Steamship Virginia V  is a 1922 steamship and the last operational example of a Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet steamer.
  • Lady Washington  is a full-scale replica of the 1787 Tall Ship of the same name, built in 1989 owned and operated by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.
  • Schooner Zodiac  is a 1924 two-masted gaff topsail schooner based in Bellingham, WA.
  • Duwamish  is a 1909 fireboat and a National Historic Landmark, currently on Historic Ships Wharf, South Lake Union (Seattle, WA).
  • Snagboat W.T. Preston  is a 1929 sternwheel snagboat and a National Historic Landmark. Now an exhibit in Anacortes, WA