Cruise ship returns to port Sept. 6 | The Scuttlebutt


Since the July edition of The Scuttlebutt, the Port of Poulsbo has successfully completed 3rd of July festivities, managed arrivals of several yacht clubs and groups of boaters, met with the City Council, and hosted a Coast Guard Change of Command ceremony.

COAST GUARD IN POULSBO. Visitors to the port and Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park over the Fourth of July were met with blue skies, light breezes, and none of the humidity some of us left behind back East.

Two Coast Guard cutters entertained hundreds of visitors at the float plane dock near the port’s office, with tours of the 64-foot patrol craft assigned to submarine escort duties at Bangor. Several months ago, the port filed its request to Coast Guard Sector Seattle for boating safety assistance for the grand fireworks show scheduled for July 3. Even with funding limitations, especially challenging this year, the request was granted. Among the many hundreds of sail and power vessels anchored in Liberty Bay for fireworks, there were no reported incidents. The port and the city offer their thanks to the Coast Guard for its cooperation.

On July 26, Waterfront Park was the site of a Change of Command ceremony for the CGC Sea Devil, an 87-foot maritime law enforcement patrol vessel assigned to the Bangor Maritime Force Protection Unit. Attending dignitaries included Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson, Chamber of Commerce Director Jan Harrison, recently retired RAdm. Keith Taylor (13th CG District Seattle), and numerous representatives of the Navy, Navy League, Power Squadron, Coast Guard Academy, and other key organizations in our area.

ANNUAL MEETING AT CITY HALL. The mid-July meeting of the City Council provided the port commissioners with an opportunity to discuss the port’s past-year successes and review its goals both near term and beyond. Inquiries by the mayor and the council included subjects such as removal of derelict vessels; port facility expansions into Liberty Bay for accommodation of commercial vessels and aircraft; the November ballot initiative for expansion of the Port District to include Poulsbo city limits; American Cruise Line port calls in September and October (and 2014); and bank de-stabilization concerns along Waterfront Park.

The city and the port agreed to meet and further examine deterioration of the bank adjacent to the marina and the park.

Comments by the mayor, council members and commissioners reflected the prevailing spirit of cooperation between the port and city. Councilman Musgrove correctly observed that the Port of Poulsbo, as a significant economic generator for the city, returns to the community $8 for every $1 of tax revenue it receives!

MUSIC AND ART AT THE WATERFRONT. Most folks would agree that Poulsbo has become a cultural center in Kitsap County for music and the arts. This continues in August. Tuesday evening performances (6:30 p.m.) at Waterfront Park reflect the efforts of Poulsbo Parks and Recreation.

The Navy Band Northwest jazz combo will present an “All Jazz” concert on Aug. 13. The Poulsbo Arts Festival, Aug. 16-18, will include music, dance, art and crafts booths, and children’s activities.

CRUISE SHIP M/V AMERICAN SPIRIT. The next round of port calls by American Cruise Lines commences Friday morning, Sept. 6. It is expected that passengers will disembark around 8:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Oyster Plant Park and the Liberty Bay Marina.

Nine visits to Poulsbo are planned for the fall season. Each visit concludes a seven-day cruise originating in Seattle and touring Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, and finally Poulsbo. Our Poulsbo-Port Cruise Committee invites you to come down to meet and greet on Friday mornings, and to give a hearty “welcome” to cruise visitors in downtown Poulsbo each week.

PORT EMAIL LIST. The port’s email list permits the port manager and staff to efficiently contact tenants, visitors and Port District residents. If you would like to be on our contact list, please send your name, contact information, and email address to

PORT QUIZ: June’s “binnacle list” question was correctly answered by Linda Schwind and Bob Jungst. However, I failed to mention in the July Scuttlebutt what the answer was!

On sailing (and naval) ships, the ship’s compass was housed in a large housing placed in front of the helmsman. This was termed the “binnacle.” Sick sailors reported to Sick Call on the quarterdeck near the binnacle. A list naming sick sailors was prepared — the “binnacle list.”

“Chewing the fat” — correctly answered in July by Charlie Morgan — was a term arising from the necessity to chew for hours the shoe-leather-tough cured beef served aboard ship.

Here’s a new one: What is a “holystone,” and for what was it used? Send your answer to The first responder with the correct answer will be acknowledged in The Scuttlebutt September issue.

The commissioners, employees, tenants and guests of the Port of Poulsbo (, one of 75 Washington state ports, wish you a safe visit to Poulsbo’s spectacular Waterfront Park, and a safe transit on Liberty Bay. Bring your friends and families down to the port’s marina and greet our Staff and visiting boaters on E and F docks.

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— Stephen L. Swann is a Port of Poulsbo commissioner. Contact him at


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