Turner Joy's Voyage to Dry Dock
Steven Sparks, the Port of Bremerton Director, Facilities & Planning worked with Alaska Marina Lines to secure a replacement barge while the Turner Joy was away. Below is a write up featured in the
A Western Towboat tug positions the Kuskokwim Trader to protect the Bremerton Marina
Alaska Marine Lines’ Kuskokwim Trader filled in for the USS Turner Joy museum ship this winter serving as a temporary breakwater to protect the Bremerton Marina. The Turner Joy was scheduled for required maintenance in Seattle in January which left the marina without a breakwater to protect the small craft moored there from tidal currents.
“When port staff called Alaska Marine Lines for help, David Byrne was very accommodating and acted quickly to help the Port and Historic Ships Association in resolving the issue by providing us with the Kuskokwim Trade. Mike Clevenger and Rheagan Sparks helped with administrative tasks,” says Jim Rothlin, Port of Bremerton CEO. “I very much appreciate Lynden’s support.”
“It was a great fit for the 35-year-old barge,” David says “and we were happy we could help out the Port of Bremerton.” The movement of the vessels made news as the USS Turner Joy was one of the longest ships ever to travel through the Ballard Locks and into Lake Union. Commissioned in 1959, it was involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which heightened U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War in 1964.