• JANUARY 2020

    • ​JAN. 11, 2020 5-8PM RICE FERGUS MILLER BLD. 275 5th St. Ste #100, Bremerton WA 98337 fundraiser. - 8mm Movie Night .

  • AUGUST-SEPT. 2019

  • Blackberry Festival on the Bremerton Boardwalk, August 31, Sept. 1, 2
  • ​This year our booth will be dockside at the tug. Tours available, maritime history merchandise available for a donation. There will be many vendors along the scenic Bremerton Boardwalk! Come on down to enjoy all booths, music and food venues. Go to https://www.portofbremerton.org/30th-annual-blackberry-festival.


    • ​​Framework on the topside of the tugboat completed for shrinkwrapping in Sept. 2019. This will allow us to work in a dry environment throughout the Winter months.

  • 5/25-26/19 - We had a great turn out for Bremerton Harborfest! We gave tours, had a booth on the boardwalk, gave out marketing flyers about maritime history and caulking information.

  • 4/7-15/19 - Dominion is at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Ballard, WA in drydock! Update: COMPLETED! The hull was carefully inspected from the waterline down. Results showed planking in good condition, caulking in great shape and fasteners in excellent condition with no corrosion. 

    • ​The hull was cleaned, painted and new zincs were installed. Her hull showed just how well made these old tugboats were put together and cared for by some pretty incredible people with skill sets.

  • ​3/16/19 - Visit us at Spark Commons at 258 4th St, Bremerton, Washington for a fundraising event! Food, Silent Auction, Fun for all! 5-8 p.m. Come one, come all! https://www.sparkcommons.com/ 
  • ​2/13/18 - Busy week for Dominion. We had fun speaking at the Port of Bremerton Commissioners meeting on Feb. 13, 2018. Go Lochlan!!! See full video here... https://vimeo.com/255823827

  • Check out our story (road trip) to the Retsil veterans home in Port Orchard, Washington! Thank you to all our serving and past veterans!!! ​​

Paul Matej, Heather Rinker, Michael Walsh

mail donations to: 

Dominion HIstorical Workboat Association C/O Kitsap credit union, Mail to 155 Washington Avenue, Bremerton WA 98337 or to po box 1247, bremerton, wa 98337 or click on the Donate button to pay by paypal.


dominion tug... A living heritage 

Dominion, originally U.S. Army #LT-366, was launched by the Grays Harbor Shipbuilding Company of Hoquiam, Washington in May of 1944. She is one of 61 Miki class tugboats originally commissioned by the United States Army during World War II, and is the sole Pacific Northwest built Miki Class Tugboat to survive. ​​Dominion's future is a Women's Maritime Training Vessel ​acting as a vessel ambassador for maritime history and the area she serves. The tug will be a floating museum and a community platform with educational focus of hands on classes aboard a historic 1944 WWII era Miki Tugboat. ​Dominion Historical Workboat Association is the 501(c)(3) organization behind this Pacific NW gem. ​​Did you know that the DHWA is a nonprofit? Your tax deductible gift is always welcome!

dominion tug would like to thank the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA)! 

We were chosen as 2018 recipients of a grant designed to encourage youth

and first time boaters

to explore boating...

thank you!

go fund me!  

After a very successful haul out at Pacific Fisherman's Terminal this Spring, we now move to the last three (3) years of the restorative phase of Dominion Tug.  

The engine room has been a beehive of activity. Her 32000 cubic inch Enterprise 38 at 90 thousand pounds is a sight to behold. Supporting systems are coming online and the space is getting the same treatment as the main deck. 

The shrink wrapping will take place shortly after Blackberry Festival at the Bremerton Marina and we tear into the decks, reset portlights, pull doors off for final finish, and on and on. We have never been ahead nor behind schedule. We have always been right on track.

We also take our responsibilities very seriously when it comes to donated money. In six (6) years we have shaved almost a million dollars off the project by being frugal and "doing the hard ugly work ourselves". Please support the last West Coast Miki Class Tugboat and Pacific Northwest artifact by donating today.