February 07, 2015Ezmyrelda Reading time ~1 minute Sandman Living in Olympia is really special. I am blessed to be able to live in such a historic and storied city. It is filled with picturesque diversions such as the tugboat Sandman. Today while I was making a grocery run I noticed that the tug was open for tours, with the very inviting price of free. I couldn't pass up the chance to get so close to such an interesting maritime vehicle. I think tugs are interesting vehicles which are pregnant with philosophical implications.. Which is a really long way of saying I think they are cool. The Sandman has an overall length of 59 feet and ten inches, with a length on the waterline of 49 feet and ten inches. It's hull and deck are made of old growth douglas fir. It's stern winch is powered by a two cylinder Stanley Steamer auto engine. It has a fuel capacity of 1,280 gallons, and it has an actual weight of 37 tons. It has a lot of character, and is filled with a lot of cool brass, glass, and rust. It started and takes place in a local tugboat race each year and was last active commercially in the 80s. Here is a lovely shot that google decided to spruce up. Shiny innit? Reminds me a bit of a Gordon Lightfoot song for some reason.