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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.

Captain's Stories Cruise

Photo courtesy of Shaun O'Berry

Captain's STORIES: A Veteran heritage cruise 

See puget sound through the eyes of experienced Commercial mariners

About the excursion: Maybe you're a weathered mariner, or maybe you've never stepped foot on a boat before. No matter what your background is, this unique program is guaranteed to be unlike anything you've experienced. Spend an afternoon aboard the historic purse seine vessel Veteran cruising Puget Sound - you might visit places like Commencement Bay and its waterways, Tacoma's ports, historic commercial fishing grounds, and more. The exact locations will be determined by your USCG licensed skipper and weather and traffic conditions. Along the way, you'll be regaled with maritime history, nautical information, and believe-it-or-not stories from your captain, who is a local fish boat skipper or Puget Sound ship's pilot with years of on-the-water experience. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed. Each excursion can accommodate a maximum of six passengers, and is ideal for a group of friends, colleagues, or family. Light snacks will be provided.

About the Veteran: The 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. 


Please call us or email to check availability! We will do our best to arrange a date and time that works for your schedule.


Unless otherwise noted, all excursions depart the Maritime Pier in Gig Harbor (next to the Tides Tavern) at 1 p.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. Arrive at the Pier 30 minutes prior to your departure time.

FeeNon-members $115  |  Members $100

Each excursion is limited to a minimum of four passengers and a maximum of six passengers.

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


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


Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this program.

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.