My thanks to these great people at the Western Towboat Company, for having me around, giving me so much time, and sharing your stories.
According to the company’s founder, his fascination with tugs started at age 6 in Seattle. His family lived on Magnolia Bluff near piers 40 and 41, where a towboat company based its operations.
“As a young boy I just kept looking and gazing at the tugs; then as I got older, I started hanging around and got to know the guys, and it all just grew from there.”[+]
This is a really nice piece on how the company came to be.
If anyone is interested, there is a big gallery here. Everything was shot at about 50mm, given it was the only lens I had (and still is). I get the feeling “I could totally use a 35mm equivalent” is going to be something I will be saying a lot in the months to come….