Location: Percival Landing
National, State and Local Registers, Transportation


sandmanSand Man, 1930s, from Tug Sand Man website Sand Man

Sand Man today (2013), photo by Deb Ross


The tug Sand Man is a beloved emblem of the once-robust maritime industry in Olympia. It was built in 1908 and originally hauled sand and gravel for the Olympia Sand and Gravel Company (link is to listing for its headquarters). In 1925 it was sold to Delta Smyth, who owned a fleet of tugs on the Olympia waterfront. The photograph at above left shows Sand Man hauling a raft of logs on Budd Inlet. The superstructure in the left background is the Standard Oil yard, and the smokestacks are from the veneer plants in the port area. The tug was purchased and donated to the Sand Man Foundation, which has lovingly restored it and make it available for free public tours. It is one of the last remaining historic tugboats in lower Puget Sound. It is on the national, state and local registers.

Additional resources:

National Register form

Sand Man website (including many historic photographs)

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