Alcyone featured in new Port Townsend Harbor logo

PORT TOWNSEND – The port’s logo redesign has moved away from the profile of an unknown vessel and now focuses on the classic 81ft schooner Alcyone.

“We wanted to honor local maritime crafts and local boats by focusing on a vessel with a real connection to Port Townsend Harbour,” said Eron Berg, Port Executive Director, who oversaw the refit process.

“Alcyone was and is the perfect boat,” he said.

The new logo shows the gaff-rigged Alcyone slicing through the Salish Sea in front of the Point Wilson Lighthouse, a well-known landmark to area boaters. Even the logo sails are authentic. They had been hand sewn for Alcyone by Port Townsend Sails.

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Authentic history and authentic boats are at the heart of what makes both the Victorian Port of Townsend and the maritime crafts of Port Townsend Harbor unique, the port said in a press release.

The logo has a retro feel as Port Townsend graphic artist Marian Roh of RohGraphics used a hand-painted color palette.

Berg said he wanted the new logo to reflect the Port Townsend Harbor marking its 100th anniversary as a public port district in 2024.

The logo itself shows that the port was established in 1924.

Alcyone arrived from its anchorage in Seattle approximately 54 years ago.

The gaff-rigged schooner, moored at the harbor’s Boat Haven Marina, has been owned by Sugar Flanagan and Leslie McNish since 1987. She was previously owned by Pete Hanke Sr., who purchased her in 1965 from her builder, Frank Prothero. , the port said.

Hanke moved Alcyone from Seattle’s Shilshole Marina to Port Townsend in 1969, where he has remained ever since. Prothero, a master of traditional wooden boat building and foreman of a legendary boat building shop on Seattle’s Lake Union, built it for his own use in 1956.

Port Townsend-based shipbuilders have worked with Flanagan and McNish on many of Alcyone’s upgrades, and the pair use the schooner for charters and on-water education. They also made five ocean crossings.

The port began working with Roh in early 2022. Commissioner Carol Hasse, an internationally renowned sailmaker who had made Alcyone’s sails, was involved in early discussions on the logo design.

Commissioner Pete Hanke Jr., whose family owned Alcyone before it was sold to Flanagan and McNish, participated in the final decision, along with Pam Petranek, the port’s third elected commissioner and co-owner of the Cape Cleare, a moored sailfisherman. next to Alcyone in the Boat Haven.

After the logo was completed, the port decided to place it on all port materials, equipment and facilities, according to the statement.

It features on letterheads, business cards, port truck doors and makes its way onto port signage.

Before the redesign, the port had two or three logos that sometimes appeared on different materials. Dominant was the silhouette of an unknown square-rigged sailing ship with no known connection to Port Townsend.

“Much like Alcyone in this logo, the port is moving forward rapidly even as we recognize our heritage and our past,” Berg said.

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