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Coast Artillery Museum – Port Townsend

June 13, 2016 by bluegullinn

Coast Artillery Museum – Port Townsend

The Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum at Fort Worden.

Museum Building

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On January 1, 2016 CAM will once again be participating in the State Parks First Day Hike Program. Coast Artillery Museum – Port Townsend. We’ll be starting near Battery Randol/Memory’s Vault at the top of Artillery Hill. This year we’ll be doing it a little differently. We’ll give a brief historical talk, then provide people with a pamphlet that provides a self-guided walking tour. That way people can take as long as they want, and cover as much of the area as they’d like. We’ll also provide at least one guided tour at 1 PM, plus additional talks and self-guided tour information as people show up until 3PM. Bring a flashlight if possible, cell phone flashlights will do, and people can share a light if necessary.

Coast Artillery Museum – Port Townsend. If we have enough volunteers current plans are to also have the Harbor Entrance Control Post open for tours, and we may start everything there. If so there will be signs directing people to the HECP from Memory’s Vault, it’s about 100 yards away.

The Coast Artillery Museum is open every day.

The museum is located in Building 201 (one of the original 1904 Barracks) next to the Park Office at Fort Worden. It is open 365 days/year 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend we have extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: Effective April 1, 2013 rates are $4 adults, $2 ages 6-12, and a $10 family value package covering 2 generations. Admission is free for children ages 5 and younger and active duty service members. Effective August 15, 2014 partners and dependents of active duty military service members pay half price. Group rates are available for students, scouts and similar organizations by prior arrangement. Please Contact the Museum.

Help support Washington State Parks, purchase a Discover Pass. Passes are available at (click on the names for a Google Map) the Friends of Fort Worden Gift Shop (in their new location), the Coast Artillery Museum at Fort Worden, the Marine Science Center at Fort Worden, the Registration Desk in the Commons, and some other Fort Worden Partners for $30 without any additional charges so you save $5. Because the Partners sell the Pass at cost without any markup, some only take cash or checks. The Coast Artillery Museum, the Gift Shop and the Registration Desk in the Commons can accept credit cards.

Visit for information about accommodations and events at the Fort.

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day the Harbor Entrance Control Post will be open for tours on Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM, and there is a free, guided Walking Tour of Artillery Hill beginning at 1 PM on Saturdays, starting in the grassy field near Battery Randol. The walking tour covers 1-1.5 miles and can last up to 2 hours if people are interested, but you’re welcome to join up or leave at any time. A flashlight is advised, but not required. Donations are always appreciated, we have a box at the HECP when it’s open, and always at the Museum. Occasional extra days are scheduled, please see our Upcoming Events page for details.

The tours are also available for groups at any time by special arrangement, please call the Museum at (360) 385-0373 to discuss it. For those unable to walk to the top of the hill, you can check in at the Park office and present a Washington State disabled parking pass or equivalent to make arrangements to drive to the top of the hill. You will still need to be able to navigate uneven ground and some stairs to make the tour itself.


For information about other events at Fort Worden, and for reservation information please see
If you’d like to become a member of the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum you may download this Membership Application.

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Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum
Building 201
Fort Worden
200 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385-0373

Port Townsend Aero Museum

June 11, 2016 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend Aero Museum

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Port Townsend Aero Museum. The Port Townsend Aero Museum preserves aviation history in the Pacific Northwest. Located 45 miles northwest of Seattle, flanked by the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound, the museum contributes to a vibrant community. Our youth mentorship program is second to none. Young adults participate in all aspects of operations, including restoration and flight activities. Our collection includes a variety of antique and classic aircraft. We regularly fly those aircraft that are safe and airworthy. Restorations are performed in-house by an expert group of mechanics and volunteers. Our shop also performs contract restoration work. The museum is publicly owned and receives no tax-based funding. If you like our program, please consider contributing.

Thank you for visiting!

Our Story

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The Port Townsend Aero Museum began operations in 2001, founded by experienced aircraft restorers Jerry and Peggy Thoutte. With an initial donation of six flying antique aircraft and several restoration projects, the museum quickly attracted a group of dedicated young volunteers. The youth mentorship program grew alongside the collection.
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Ground breaking ceremony for new PTAM building, Summer 2005

PTAM under construction

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The museum was originally based out of a scattering of hangars at the west end of the airport. Fundraising for a new building was a major undertaking, with proceeds coming from contract work, rummage sales, online auctions and individual donations. After seven years of hard work by museum volunteers and contributers, along with generous support from the community and local contractors, we were proud to open our new $3.5 million facility to the public in the summer of 2008. Work has now begun on a restoration shop near the new buildling. Plans are in place for continued expansion over the next several years.
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Several hundred young adults have participated in the mentorship program over the years. Our aircraft collection continues to grow. We fly our airplanes regularly, visiting select events during the airshow season. We are a dynamic organization serving our community and the greater Puget Sound region. We invite you to stop by and see for yourself!
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May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center

May 4, 2016 by bluegullinn

NW Maritime Center

NW Maritime Center

May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center

May 2016 Events NW Maritime Center
News from the Northwest Maritime Center
  • GiveBIG
  • “By Hand and Eye” with Jim Tolpin
  • Register now for US Sailing Courses
  • Downsizing Your Boat Gear?
  • Volunteer for R2AK and Wooden Boat Festival
  • Register now for Marine Weather
  • School Programs are Sailing into Spring!
  • Official Start of Western Flyer Tours
  • Classic Mariners’ Regatta
  • Boating Season Opening Day
  • Sea Shanties Song Circle
  • Save the Date: Navigator Brunch
giveBIG today!
Friday, May 13, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  
Today your donations and membership contributions can have an even greater impact. Join thousands of supporters from our community and beyond for giveBIG, an online charitable giving event. Thank you for creating powerful maritime experiences!
By Hand and Eye:
A Presentation by Jim Tolpin
Friday, May 13, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
Free, No RSVP required
Before standardized rulers and measurements, pre-industrial artisans used dividers, a square, their hands, and eyes. In Jim Tolpin’s book, “By Hand & Eye”, he explores this ancient method of design, tapping into our human intuition rather than numbers. Join us on May 13 in the WBF Boatshop for a presentation by Jim Tolpin.
Register Now for Sailing Courses
Summer is on its way and it’s time to register for summer sailing courses! Experienced U.S. Sailing instructors, year-round wind, and a beautiful waterfront location surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains combine to make the Northwest Maritime Center’s Basic Keelboat Program one of the best and most beautiful in the region. Experience sailing for the first time or take your skills to the next level!
Downsizing Your Boat Gear? 
Marine Thrift is Port Townsend’s new resource for affordable boat gear. And so far, it has been a hit!
Marine Thrift uses contributions of boat gear to help support the Maritime Center’s mission, so please keep us in mind when you’re cleaning out your garages and boats.
Contributions can be made Thursday-Saturday at Marine Thrift (315-B Haines Place), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., or at the Wooden Boat Chandlery, 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It’s tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the NWMC!
Marine Thrift needs a volunteer to help with identification and valuation of items. If you can help, please contact
Volunteer Signups for R2AK & Wooden Boat Festival Coming in May

Volunteer shift signups are on their way. Watch your email for updates on opening day for signups. Need to join our volunteer email list? Contact our volunteer coordinator at or call 360.385.3628 x115 to be added to the list.
Register Now for Marine Weather 
May 21-22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
The Marine Weather course teaches the practical application of both atmospheric science and oceanography in relation to sailing. Whether you’re planning a day sail or a long distance voyage, sail safer and faster with a better understanding of the weather. May’s classes will be taught by David Wilkinson.
School Programs Sailing into Spring!
Bravo Team, PTHS Vessel Operations Class, Girls Boat Project, and Catlin Gabel School have all been getting out on the water this spring. In March the Catlin Gabel School from Portland piloted a new partner program with the Schooner Martha and Longboats.
Starting in May the campus will be bustling with Maritime Discovery Programs for Quilcene, Chimacum, and Port Townsend. Mark your calendars for June 3, 1:00-2:30 p.m. for the Maritime Discovery Program community presentation and celebration.
Western Flyer Tours Begin May 7
Summer Tour Schedule:
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come witness the full restoration of the boat made famous by John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez. Docents will be available to give free guided tours on Saturdays and discuss the restoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

2016 Classic Mariners’ Regatta
June 3-5
Entry Fee: $50/boat
Mark it on your calendars, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta is coming the first week of June! Register your wooden sailboat now for this eye-catching race.

Register for the Classic Mariners’ Regatta now!

Boating Season Opening Day Parade
Saturday, May 7
The Port Townsend Yacht Club will host the annual Opening Day Boat Parade and other community events on May 7. Join us at the Northwest Maritime Center to watch the waterfront parade, and don’t miss the Boat U.S. Concert with Lobo del Mar on the NWMC commons.
Want to join the parade? RSVP here and learn more about all the Opening Day events.
Sea Shanties Song Circle  
May 11, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Northwest Maritime Center
Sea Shanties Song Circle is the second Wednesday of each month. This is a free family-friendly event!
Save the Date: Navigator Brunch 
Saturday, July 23
Free, RSVP Required
Attracting both long-time supporters and new friends, the
Navigator Brunch is a celebration of our mission and the people who help bring it to life. It’s an inspiring fundraiser and a fun way to get to know the organization. After all, we do kick things off with mimosas. 2016’s theme is Momentumjoin us on July 23rd and find out why!
Call Len Maranan-Goldstein at 360.385.3628 x111 or email brunch@nwmaritime.orgfor more information.
May 3 GiveBIG – more info
May 7 Boating Season Opening Day – more info
May 7 Western Flyer Tours Official Start Date
May 13 “By Hand and Eye” with Jim Tolpin
June 3 Maritime Discovery Program Community Showcase
June 3-5 Classic Mariners’ Regatta – more info
June 11-12 Pocket Yacht Palooza – more info
June 22 R2AK Pre-Race Ruckus
June 23 Race to Alaska Start – more info
July 23 Navigator Brunch – more info
September 9-11 Wooden Boat Festival – more info

2015 Victorian Heritage Festival – Port Townsend, WA

February 13, 2015 by bluegullinn

2015 Victorian Heritage Festival – Port Townsend, WA

The 2015 Victorian Festival will celebrate Port Townsend’s extraordinary maritime traditions and history and is scheduled for March 20-22, 2015.

The Victorian Heritage Festival is organized by Olympic Peninsula Steam with support from Victorian Society: Northwest and celebrates Port Townsend’s unique role as an exquisitely preserved historical seaport surviving and thriving as a modern city.

Join us March 20-22, 2015, for a celebration of our region’s 19th Century history – bringing together scholars, enthusiasts and curiosity-seekers from across the Pacific Northwest to present historic exhibits, steam boats, fashion show, firearms presentations, manly arts of self defense, insiders historic building tours, sea shanty singers, and more!

Kick off Friday night with our pub crawl – featuring saloons, “shanghai tunnels,” and fine vintage cocktails through a staggering selection of Port Townsend’s (in)famous watering holes.

Saturday looks back to Port Townsend’s maritime tradition along Water St. As always enjoy the stunning Victorian Fashion Show and the Grand Victorian Ball.

Visit for continuous updates on events!

Enjoy all the great spots to dine and shop in Port Townsend, WA

While here, stay at the Blue Gull Inn B&B.

For things to do check out 

Visit the Blue Gull Inn B&B in Historic Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Our web site is For real estate contact John Eissinger at Remax

Our bed & breakfast was one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. The Blue Gull Inn B&B was built by ND Hill in 1868. The Hill Family lived in this home for 101 years, until 1959. Just 2 blocks down the street lived Robert Crosby Hill, he was the local banker.

Choose one of our 6 comfortable guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool tubs.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Check out our web site at


Victorian Festival Teas

January 25, 2012 by bluegullinn

We are again hosting the Victorian Festival Teas this year. I’m a tea drinker and huge fan of the whole process of having “Afternoon Tea”! Something about “tea sandwiches & scones” always gets my attention…
Join us for a lovely time with friends and tea, here at the Blue Gull Inn, March 24~25…see you there!

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