Stand in protects the port

Stand in protects the port

Barge Kuskokwim Trader serves as a temporary breakwater at Bremerton until USS Turner Joy returns

BREMERTON — With the USS Turner Joy museum ship having its hull scraped, sounded and painted while it’s in dry dock on Lake Union, the Bremerton Marina needed a stand in.

Enter the Kuskokwim Trader, a 300-foot-long by 90-foot-long barge owned by Alaska Marine Lines of Seattle. The Kuskokwim Trader is a familiar sight to drivers as it normally spends its days anchored in the shallow waters of Sinclair Inlet up by Gorst. That’s where it is when it’s not being towed to and from Alaska in the late spring, summer and early fall months, loaded with goods and cargo.

For now, it has a more important — albeit temporary — role: protecting the Bremerton Marina.

Tidal currents sweeping up and down the channel by the marina can be vicious, especially when coupled with a fierce nor’easter storm, explained John Larson, president of the Bremerton Historic Ships Association, the entity that owns the Turner Joy.

Likewise, without a breakwater, the wakes from Washington State ferries are capable of damaging small craft moored in the marina. Which is why the Turner Joy — and for now its stand in, the Kuskokwim Trader — are needed to protect the northern end of the marina.

At 300 feet long, the barge is considerably shorter than the 418-foot-long destroyer it is substituting for.

“Because it is shorter,” Larson said, “the decision was made to anchor (the barge) further away from the bank as the currents are less strong along the shoreline.”

Alaska Marine Lines donated the use of the barge, which was towed from its location near Gorst to the north end of the marina by Western Towboat.

More in News

Poulsbo considers Transportation Benefit District

Car tab fees would be used to fix neighborhood streets

52 new COVID cases confirmed in Kitsap

On Friday, the Kitsap Public Health District confirmed 52 new COVID cases… Continue reading

Locals weigh in on county’s new homeless facility on Mile Hill Drive

Kitsap County officials say that facility residents will be counseled and accounted for

NKF&R firefighters Michael Foreman, left, and Harry Hause extinguish stubborn hot spots after a Tuesday afternoon trailer fire in Suquamish. Courtesy Photo
Suquamish man loses possessions in trailer fire

A damaged cord is thought to have sparked a travel trailer fire… Continue reading

Port Orchard Police Department achieves accreditation status

Port Orchard agency joins other Kitsap law enforcement organizations in becoming accredited

It’s downright despicable

Two miniature Christmas trees on Bay Street stolen from their planters

Festival of Chimes and Lights to wipe away the winter’s gloom

Drive along Bay Street to see the twinkle of downtown Port Orchard

SKSD is accepting referrals for Highly Capable Program

Referrals will be accepted from Dec. 3 through Jan. 21

Most Read