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3805 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

(253) 857-9344

Working to Preserve Gig Harbors Historic Working Waterfront this non-profit boatyard located in historic Gig Harbor, Washington is the birthplace of the Thunderbird sailboat.

Gig Harbor to Port Townsend

Photo courtesy of Shaun O'Berry

Cruise Gig Harbor to port townsend 

Join the veteran skipper and crew aboard veteran as she travels from gig harbor to port townsend (one way)


About the excursion: There is nothing like the feeling of being on the water - especially when you're aboard a historic purse seiner built in Gig Harbor like Veteran. Join the USCG-licensed skipper and crew aboard Veteran as she journeys from Gig Harbor to Port Townsend. Depart in the morning and take in the scenic sights along the way like Blake and Bainbridge islands, Point No Point, and Marrowstone Island. As you head north you'll enjoy refreshments and good company on the boat. When you arrive in Port Townsend at approximately 2 p.m., Veteran will remain for scheduled maintenance. Passengers are responsible for arranging their own transportation back to Gig Harbor. May we suggest enjoying an afternoon in Port Townsend before you head home?

A return trip from Port Townsend to Gig Harbor is also available. 


About the Veteran: The Skansie purse seiner Veteran, launched in 1926, is a beautifully restored sample of one of the most recognized and significant vessel designs to have originated from Gig Harbor. One of over 100 purse seiners constructed during the 1920s and 1930s at the Skansie Ship Building Company, Veteran and her sister ships were widely recognized as the state-of-the-art purse seiners of their day. Veteran and sister ship Avalon were retained and operated by the Skansie family which, like many Gig Harbor pioneer families, commercially fished for salmon and bottom fish in the waters of Washington State. The Veteran has been carefully maintained to preserve the original design and character and is still able to participate in today’s commercial salmon fishery. 


Available dates:

April 15 (Gig Harbor to Port Townsend, one way), departs from Maritime Pier at 8 a.m. 

April 27, Port Townsend to Gig Harbor (one way), time TBA


Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

FeeNon-members $150 |   Members $100

Location:  Departs from Maritime Pier in Gig Harbor, 3003 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, 98332.

Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. 


Check out Rome2Rio for some options on a return ride back to Gig Harbor:


For best availability, register at least seven days prior to the departure date. Day-of reservations and walk-on passengers will be accepted as space permits. Payment is due at the time of your reservation. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Call (253) 857-9344 or email for reservations


The fine print: Although we do our very best to plan ahead, dates and times are subject to change based on weather conditions, skipper availability, and other factors outside of our control. Gig Harbor BoatShop reserves the right to cancel an excursion because of these or other unforeseen conditions. If the BoatShop cancels your excursion, we will reschedule or provide you with a full refund. 
The finer print: Our Veteran cancellation policy: Customers who cancel a reservation more than 30 days prior to the scheduled excursion will receive a full refund. Reservations cancelled by the customer 30 days or less prior to the excursion are non-refundable. We strongly urge you to buy refundable airline tickets or flight insurance. Gig Harbor BoatShop will not be responsible for any loss on non-refundable airline tickets or hotel stays.