New This Year: Vintage Vessels

Climb Aboard a Piece of History!

Visit Bremerton’s Homeport historic vessels: Dominion Tug, M/V Kirkland, Comanche 202; USS Turner Joy DD 951 along with other Puget Sound historic vessels such as El Primero, Tug Galene, Sandman, and Charles N Curtis and more…..

Visiting a historic ship is a great day out for the whole family and provides a chance to explore naval history and maritime traditions.

While on board the Historic Ships we hope that you will take advantage of the many activities and opportunities that await you.  Once on board, crewmembers can answer questions and help to make your experience a memorable one. These ships are storytellers and the deeds of those who served aboard them provide inspiration to present and future generations. Vintage vessels offer younger visitors a hands-on engagement with history.  From overnight programs to classroom field trips to family events, fun-filled educational opportunities can be found on every deck of a historic ship!
Looking for ways to really immerse yourself in history?  Vessel members are always looking for volunteers to help and preserve and interpret their ships!

Is one of three (3) Miki Class tugboats, believed to be in existence. Built in Grays Harbor, Washington, she was launched May 1944. As the second Patricia Foss (1958 - 1980) she serviced the Alaska and Honolulu runs. She is powered by her original 45 ton Enterprise engine. A direct drive, turbocharged 32,000 cubic inch diesel. She is one of two (2) with original power. Dominion is currently under restoration to become a maritime training platform. You can contact the team at or "LIKE" them on Facebook, Dominion Tug."

TUG GALENE: www:facebook/tuggalene
Tug GALENE, LT464 is one of 61 originally built for the Department of Transportation (Army) in 1943 at the Northeast Ship Building Co. in Quincy, Mass.

There were ten tugs built on the East Coast, five in Quincy, Mass. and five in Minnifords Yacht Yard, City Island, N.Y. Out of the 61 tugs built on the east and west coast only four are still operational.

Sea Scout ship 110, Charles N. Curtis :
The Tacoma Sea Scouts Ship 110, the Charles N. Curtis, is a program of the Pacific Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14, or out of 8th grade, to 21. Through the use of boating and maritime skills in the Pacific Northwest, we teach and develop leadership, citizenship, responsibility and respect. Our boats are also available for recreational and educational cruises and harbor tours in Commencement Bay and the Puget Sound in Washington State.

M/V Kirkland, a 1927 wood ferry that was used on the Columbia River crossing at Astoria for years, MV Kirkland is a historic, retired Washington State Ferry located in scenic Bremerton Harborside Marina. The ferry is currently home to personalized wine tastings, yoga therapy, and other... celebration events. Available for hourly rentals most days & evenings, pending event schedule.

Comanche 202 Foundation: www.facebook/comanche 202
Eighty-nine ATA tugs were built by end of WW-II. ATA-202 was awarded one battle star for combat in the invasion of Okinawa .In February of 1959, was loaned to the U.S. Coast Guard by the U.S. Navy. They commissioned ATA-202 as the USCG Cutter Comanche. She was assigned to law enforcement and search and rescue patrols as well as the re-supply of remote light stations and lightships. Examples of Comanche's routine multi-purpose services' included towing the 523-foot tanker SS Cottonwood Creek to safety after it became disabled with fire in the engine room. During the same year she responded to a distress call from the Japanese freighter Kokoku Maru after the freighter collided with another vessel. One Japanese seaman was killed and the other 43 crewmen abandoned their ship and were rescued by the Comanche. She gave the first U.S. "notice of a violation" ever given to a foreign fishing vessel on the Pacific Coast fisheries. In 1967, Comanche was stationed at Corpus Christi, Texas and did piracy patrols off the coast of Cuba and South America. She returned to the west coast in 1969, home ported at Eureka, California until she was decommissioned on 30 January 1980. Comanche became a private commercial tug service in the early 1990s and became one of the largest commercial tugs on the Puget Sound. On September 11, 2007, Comanche 202 Foundation was granted exempt status by the IRS and in October, vessel Comanche was donated to the Comanche 202 Foundation which is restoring the vessel through the work of volunteers, many of whom …

Eighty-nine ATA tugs were built by end of WW-II. ATA-202 was awarded one battle star for combat in the invasion of Okinawa. In February of 1959, was loaned to the U.S. Coast Guard by the U.S. Navy.

USS Turner Joy DD 951
USS TURNER JOY was the last ship in the FORREST SHERMAN – class of destroyers and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Her keel was laid down on September 30, 1957 in Seattle, Washington by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, launched on May 5, 1958, and commissioned on August 3, 1959, Comdr. Ralph S. Wentworth, Jr. in command.
Turner Joy’s distinctive service included a double-duty role as flagship for Destroyer Squadron 13 and Destroyer Division 131 with several tours in the Pacific. She also stood air-sea rescue duty near the Marianas Islands for President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s visit to several Asian nations. In terms of history, this vessel is most remembered for her participation in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which escalated the United States involvement in the Vietnam War.

Sand Man tugboat – a vintage 105 year old vessel moored in Olympia, Washington.  The website is maintained by The Sand Man Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has owned the boat since 1997.  The mission of the Foundation has been to restore the 60 ft. vessel and to operate the boat as a floating museum, dedicated to preserving some of the maritime history of Olympia and South Puget Sound.

El Primero
El Primero was a steam yacht built in 1893. This vessel was once considered one of the most luxurious yachts on the West Coast of the United States, and was one of the few steam yachts to be operated on Puget Sound. The yacht has since been converted to diesel, but it remained operational as of 2010.