Posted by: nwseaport | October 25, 2012

Sea Scouts Board Arthur Foss on Reconnaissance Mission

After voyaging from Tacoma to Lake Union aboard the Charles N. Curtis, four crew members from the 150-plus Boy Scouts of America Sea Scouts who maintain the Verite, Odyssey and Charles N. Curtis discovered a little more about diesel engines this past Saturday.

With the Adrian Lipp, engineer of the Arthur Foss and owner of Old Tacoma Marine, the four Sea Scouts explored the Washington Iron Works engine that once propelled this historic tug Arthur Foss from throughout the Northwest and to the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska.

Adrian shared information about the Northwest Seaport education programs he leads which involve students in starting and overhauling the engine.  One Sea Scout exclaimed, “Wow!  You can fit your whole body in the engine cylinder?”

The Engineer for a Day program hosts high school students and educators aboard multiple historic vessels at the Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park.  For one day, students become engineers with engine maintenance and start-up instructions.  They get those engines running as is a crew was preparing for the day’s voyage to the log booming grounds.

The “Diesel Engine Theory” class, attended by both students and adults wishing to get their hands on a classic tugboat engine, completely rebuild one to the six cylinders over a period of five consecutive Saturdays.  Participants need no prior experience to register, but they sure leave with an experience of a lifetime.

Tarin Todd and Tom Rogers supervised the voyage to Seattle, Lipp said.  We hope they’ll return with the entire crew one day next summer.

Kathleen Merryman of the Tacoma Tribune wrote a story regarding the Tacoma Youth Marine Center grand opening this past summer in Tacoma, with a few line from it here:

The Center makes it official today on the Foss Waterway, giant scissors and all. It celebrates its grand opening with tours, boat rides, a free barbecue and officials praising the innovation and perseverance of the people who made it real.

But the ribbon cutting is a formality. This spring, the center already is, as its motto says: “Helping youth touch the Sound.”

The team led by the two men worked out a plan with the Port of Tacoma, which wanted a permanent maritime-related buffer on the Foss that would separate traditional blue-collar uses from the encroaching urban development.

Read more from Merryman’s story here: