We very much appreciate The Olympian’s excellent story and photos (Nov. 25) about the salvage and return of the more than century-old tugboat Parthia to Olympia. However, we realize that news space limitations don’t allow recognition of everyone who helped make it happen. So we wanted to specifically acknowledge the outstanding volunteer work of John Warjone, Rick Panowicz, and Robert “Chip” Panowicz on this complex, challenging project. Diving and salvage specialist Frank Immel, Simon Bokland, and boat trucking company owner Mark Cohen were also essential to its success.
After more than 40 years working on the Olympia waterfront, from 1934 to 1975, Parthia deserves to be back in her homeport, as a maritime history icon and community exhibit.
(The letter writers are with South Sound Maritime Heritage Association)