This year marks the 100th year of service to the maritime community by the vintage tug, Sand Man. Following its 75 year working career on the waters of Puget Sound, the boat has now become a free, floating maritime museum. The Foundation has chosen August 7 as a day of celebration. The event will be held at the Port Plaza just west of the Olympia Farmer’s Market on the waterfront. Please join us anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for our birthday party. There will be live music, honored guests, various community information resources, food booths, and even a few (short) speeches. The speaking part of the program will take place between 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Several sister tugboats will also visit for the event. We hope you can attend!


The Sand Man Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has owned the boat for the past decade.  The mission of the Foundation has been to restore the 60 ft. vessel and to operate the boat as a floating museum, dedicated to preserving some of the maritime history of Olympia and South Puget Sound. The boat is open to the public, free of charge, on most weekends, year-round. You are cordially invited to come to Percival Landing in Olympia and visit this historic vessel.  Until then, enjoy some of the photos of Sand Man’s history and restoration on the website

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