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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.

Fish Stories Tour

Photo courtesy of Shaun O'Berry

FISH STORIES: A Veteran heritage cruise

PLEASE NOTE: Fish Stories are only offered during the limited fall fishing season each year (usually October - November) and are subject to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing schedule, which may change based on fish returns and other data. We work hard to ensure the dates advertised below are as accurate as possible, but please be aware any changes to the fishing schedule may result in excursion date or time changes or cancellations. Please see the fine print below for more details. Thank you in advance for your flexibility!

Get up close and personal with the gig harbor commercial fishing fleet aboard the veteran

About the excursion: You've seen the fleet tied up in the Harbor. Here's your chance to experience commercial fishing from a front-and-center vantage point aboard the historic purse seine vessel Veteran. Join a USCG licensed skipper with extensive commercial fishing experience aboard the Veteran during a fall seine "opening."  Observe local fisherman ply the waters of West (Colvos) Pass and visit historic fishing sites along the way. If time and weather permit, your skipper will take you to other local Puget Sound sights and points of interest. 

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. 


Starting again Fall 2019


All excursions depart the Maritime Pier in Gig Harbor (next to the Tides Tavern)  Arrive at the Pier at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time. The duration of each trip is 3-4 hours.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.


FeeNon-members $115 |   Members $100

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 and walk-on passengers will be accepted as space allows. Each excursion is limited to a minimum of four passengers and a maximum of six passengers. 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.