A tall order for Tall Ship sailors: Pizza delivery.
My colleague Kathleen Merryman has some hungry Tall Ships sailors on her hands. They'll be in Tacoma next month. They'll probably want pizza. Merryman recently sailed aboard The Eagle. She noted sailors' struggles to get pizza delivered in Astoria, Ore.:
... other cadets in uniform shared pizza parlor flyers. The dialed their cell phones and tried to negotiate to have pies delivered to the city dock. It was surprisingly frustrating. They were assigned to the ship for the evening. They could not just wander off in search of a Hawaiian with extra Canadian bacon.
"Pizza is a big thing cadets are fans of," [one sailor] said. "We don't get it on ship."
Within blocks of where The Eagle will dock on the Foss Waterway for Tall Ships week are a handful of pizzerias and restaurants that make pizza: Here are some, in alphabetical order: Abella's, Alfred's, The Harmon, The Hub, The Rock. All of these are within walking distance.
But, as Merryman noted, logistics will be a problem:
"When they dock in Tacoma, they said, it would be a fine thing to have great pizza readily available, a great thing to allow pizza delivery people access to the ship."
Some lucky sailors will get to leave their ships. Others will be bound to ship-board duty. Merryman asked me to come up with a list of places from downtown Tacoma to the Dome district to Sixth Avenue where young sailors on budgets (ages 18-20, mostly) can enjoy their time in port. I'm working on my list. Got any suggestions for young sailors?
Hey, pizza delivery lady: Some Tall Ships sailors want to meet you.