About these pages

Lynn Canal in Alaska


These are the Pacific Coast Tide and Current pages.This is a place for master mariners to share their tales and techniques relating to the many difficult passages and river currents along the west coast of North America.

The initial stories are my tribute to the mariners who take the working vessels of our coast through its amazingly beautiful but often challenging and even dangerous waterways. At the same time the stories here are only a small contribution to the wheelhouse chatter that passes a long night watch. In this virtual wheelhouse there is unlimited space for your accounts of passages made and vessel conned along this coast.

At the end of each of the 38 passages described in the seven chapters here, there is a space for you to add your comment or extended account along with photos if you choose. Follow the simple instructions to register and make your submission. Do it as often as you want from onboard or at home, wherever you have an internet connection.

For recent blog posts see Ron Fearn’s good posting on the recent incident in the Skookumchuck. I have just returned from a couple of days travel up to Middle Point to bring a loaded coal barge back to the Fraser River. My very experienced skipper wondered why the abort system was not used in that incident. It will be interesting to hear other mariners observations.

Watching the log of visits to this site I am impressed with the geographic diversity of the visitors and am constantly curious about their/your thoughts and marine knowledge. I look forward to hearing from more of you.

Increasingly digital imagery is making it easier to share images of great sunsets, iced rails, storm tossed or serene seas and ships that pass. You are invited to upload these to the “Mariners’ Gallery” section of this blog port which can become a virtual galley table around which images are shared. Recent postings by mariners include some amazing new shots of Crowley tug escorts in Puget Sound.  With the Miki tugs all but gone from our coasts the Invader class rules for beauty and just plain classy looks. Thanks also to the person who put up the great sunset shot of the Canadian vessel Tanu.And a really interesting set of images of a culturally modified cedar tree in the Fraser estuary.  Keep them coming.

NEW: Landing a barge on the towline.

Capt. Jim Lane on the tug Sea Warrior

A feature of Capt. Jim Lane on the tug Island Warrior, landing a barge at Middle Point near Campbell River. A great boat and a great skipper. Are you one of the many who have sailed with him.  Check it out in the Chapter: Channels, Straits and Bays.


Also new on Free Running Rivers is an account of Capt. Tom Miller of the San Francisco Bar Pilots navigating the Star Kilamanjarro up the San Joaquin River to Stockton, California.

see this at: http://www.tideandcurrent.net/?p=830

On bridge of Star Kilimanjaro between New York Point and Stockton on San Joaquin River

Another feature of these pages are the Google Earth links in many of the stories. These are easy to use but you will need to install the free down-loadable program in your computer first.

Your feed back with suggestions for improvements to this site is most welcome. Please come, take a look around and let me know what you think. Unless otherwise noted all text and photos are copyrighted to Alan Haig-Brown.


7 Responses to “About these pages”

  1. I have uploaded, to the tide and current gallery, some photos that I took on the Philippines’ Sulu sea in January 2008. While it is not the Pacific Coast I have added them by way of inviting all to share what ever marine photos they have. Most of this page features tugs but fishing boats of also welcome.

  2. Hi Alan, Would you have a look at my web page? The Market Quota System stuff you may be familiar with through fishfolk, but the new Tripe System Report is there too. It is an energy, transportation, utility system all in one, using offshore wind and wave. Check it out. There are illustrations.

    Hope you all are well out west. Steven J. Scannell

  3. While this is primarily a commercial mariners site I have just added a link to the web page for Boater Exam. This is an online training programs to obtain a Transport Canada “Boaters Card”. That such training is taking place will be welcomed by all mariners who have experienced a pleasure boat about to cross their tug’s tow line or their ship’s bow. Responsible behavior is essential to safe seas for all.

  4. I have also recently added a set of photos that I took of BC seine boats during the 2010 sockeye fishery in Johnstone Straits. I still think that these are amongst the best looking boats in the world, but if anyone thinks they have a better looking boat please do share it with us all.

  5. See new post at:
    Pine Island: Pilot Transfers

  6. l I seined from 1950 till 1961 cam point straights, namoo , kitimat channel ect.. se done with a table seine. very tough and very dangerous .I was 14 or 15 and gained 16 to 18 pounds all mussel Jack Fast was my first and only Skipper. I remember Johnny Watson Benny & Jimmy leggis. That 14to15 Pounds was in 2months My boat {Jacks } was the Three Queens Queen Charrolet Fisheries. Then It was The SPLEDOUR my final years. It was Tony Lupas Dads boat who lost his life doing what we all loved to do.Im 76 now Maby Tony is stil living.I came to the States on a basketball scollership. Met my wife in college she traveled with me to Campble river until i quit fishig. I still go nuts in the spring to hang nets and prepare to set sail north .Thanks for putting up with my comments George

  7. George: It is great to hear from you. Your time seining overlapped mine by two years so I also got to experience the table seine, cotton nets and manila lines. They were good times and pulling corks sure built the muscles.

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