Tacoma Historical Society: Author to discuss Puget Sound rescue boats Feb. 9

Maritime historian Chuck Fowler will discuss his latest book, Patrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound, during Tacoma Historical Society’s Landmark Series on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. at Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Estates, 5340 N. Bristol St., in Tacoma.

Fowler’s earlier books include Tall Ships on Puget Sound and Tugboats on Puget Sound. 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. Fowler is a former director of Tacoma’s Working Waterfront Museum.

Fowler’s co-author is Dan Withers, a retired wireless communication executive and Navy destroyer veteran of the Vietnam War. Withers is founder and president of Combatant Craft of America, a non-profit group dedicated to preserving warboat history, including the restoration of a World War II–era Coast Guard patrol boat.

The Landmark Series is a cooperative effort of the Senior University program at Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Estates and Tacoma Historical Society. Programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit tacomahistory.org.