HOWB 019 – Tacoma Sea Scouts learn on wooden boats: Interview of Captains Tom Rogers & Bud Bronson

by admin on January 26, 2012

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PODCAST SHOW NOTES – Episode #019

Interview: Tom Rogers & Bud Bronson – Tacoma Sea Scouts
Am I the only boater that didn’t know the Boy Scouts have had a Sea Scout program since 1912?  That’s right WBLR’s (wooden boat lovers), 100 years!  The Sea Scouts take youth ages 14-21 and use maritime activities to teach leadership and values.  Both the Odyssey (a 90′ 1938 wooden sailing yawl) and the Charles N Curtis (a 78′ wooden power boat built in 1931 for the Coast Guard) are based in Tacoma, WA and are the platforms used by two salty Captains – Tom Rogers and Bud Bronson – to teach Sea Scouting.  The youth receive leadership training and learn about navigation, mechanics, seamanship, and engineering through hands on experience, classroom time, and on the water cruising.

Click here for a cool video history of the Charles N Curtis HookedOnWoodenBoats.com/Curtis.

Tom and Bud were gracious enough to take me on a tour of both the Odyssey and the Charles N Curtis, and sit down for a 40 minute interview to share their story.  Don’t miss the interview – click on the green player button above.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

 

78' Charles N Curtis - built in 1931 as USCG "Rum Runner" - at dock in Tacoma

 

Captain Bud Bronson - engine room of Charles N Curtis. You could eat off the floor in this place!

 

The "Engine Order Telegraph" on Charles N Curtis. Sends visual to engine room Con. See next photo.

 

Captain Tom Rogers at one of two EngineCons on the Charles N Curtis

 

Odyssey at full sail - she will sail 10-12 knots in moderate breeze, 14 knots in stiff breeze. This is one fast boat!

 

Lt Col Lacey Hall at Helm of Odyssey circa 1950's

Early Days of Odyssey - at drydock

If you’d like to contact Tom Rogers or Bud Bronson, call 253 572-2666, or you can email Tom at trogers@youthmarinefoundation.org.  Thanks again Captain Tom and Captain Bud for taking the time to meet with me and give a private tour of both boats!  It was a blast

Listener Feedback
Byran Hansen called in asking what programs are available in the Seattle area, comparable to what Rivers West is doing in Portland, OR.  Bryan – checkout the Center For Wooden Boats in Seattle and their CAMA Beach facility also.  Also, check out the Anacortes Community Maritime Center for similiar activities.

Here’s the supplier I purchased Okoume marine plywood from (for my 12′ canoe):  Edensaw Woods.

Want to help?  Please leave feedback!
I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats.  I would REALLY appreciate you sending me wooden boats pics, stories, or projects you are working on.  You can also write in my blogs comment sections, email me at Dan@Hookedonwoodenboats.com, or call my feedback hotline at 424 261-2360.

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April 19, 2012

I think this is a real great article post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

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April 20, 2012

Thanks Hayden for your positive feedback. I plan to keep cranking them out.
Wooden Boat Dan

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