Commencement Bay

One of the fun activities around here is to explore Commencement Bay with Destiny Harbor Tours. So when my neighbor abandoned his sister who was visiting from Arkansas and went to Europe with his wife, I thought it would be neighborly to entertain Carol for an afternoon.

The two-hour cruise leaves from the dock beside the Museum of Glass.

Carol on the Bridge of Glass with the Museum's cone in the background

Carol on the Bridge of Glass with the Museum’s cone in the background

There are several nice restaurants along the Esplanade to grab a bite to eat before setting out.

Al fresco lunch at the Social

Al fresco lunch at the Social

Destiny Harbor Tours uses a repurposed Navy launch.

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Leaving the Thea Foss Waterway under the Murray Morgan Bridge.

Originally opened Feb. 15, 1913

Originally opened Feb. 15, 1913

A houseboat

A houseboat

Two tug boats used for moving huge cargo ships

Two tug boats used for moving huge cargo ships

A couple of Tacoma's fire boats

A couple of Tacoma’s fire boats

The Port of Tacoma’s largest export based on tonnage is grain (corn and soybeans) that come by rail from the midwest.

A Cargill grain terminal

A Cargill grain terminal

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Stadium High School was originally built as a hotel in 1891 but has been operating as a public high school since 1906. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and was the filming location for many of the scenes of the 1999 movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

View from the water

View from the water

Carol enjoying the sunny afternoon

Carol enjoying the sunny afternoon

One of the Crowley tugs heading out to meet a cargo ship

One of the Crowley tugs heading out to meet a cargo ship

Seagulls

Seagulls

Harbor Seals

Harbor seals

Yet more harbor seals

Yet more harbor seals

Looking east toward Mt Rainier

Looking east toward Mt Rainier

Each year the Port of Tacoma handles between 9 and 13 million tons of cargo which equates to more than $425 billion in commerce. Major imports include automobiles and electronics.

More than 70 percent of all commerce moving from the Lower 48 to Alaska by water comes from Tacoma

More than 70 percent of all commerce moving from the Lower 48 to Alaska by water comes from Tacoma

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And with that, we head back to the dock. One thing about using a repurposed Navy ship: it was designed to transport sailors back and forth from ship to shore, therefore no head required. For those of us at a certain age who happened to have iced tea for lunch, a two hour tour was just fine!

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