The history of impressive battleships, aircraft carriers, and submarines on Puget Sound has been well chronicled. However, the story of the smaller, fast patrol and rescue boats that have protected its vast inland waters is largely unknown. This book, through more than 200 rare images and engaging text, reveals the fascinating story. It covers Navy, Coast Guard, and Army Air Force craft in the sound, including the famed patrol torpedo boats of World War II. Featuring evocative photographs from the National Archives, as well as veterans’ personal collections, this book highlights these military craft, their proud crews, and essential wartime and peacetime operations.
About the Author
Chuck Fowler, a maritime historian, has written books about tall ships and tugboats and freelance articles on regional maritime heritage subjects. He is an Air Force veteran, past president of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society in Seattle, and has been active in many nonprofit heritage organizations. Dan Withers is a retired wireless communication executive and Navy destroyer veteran of the Vietnam War. He is founder and president of Combatant Craft of America, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving warboat history, including the restoration of a World War II–era Coast Guard patrol boat.