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Not too many ships around still afloat dating to the early 1900s but the Sandman is one! We were... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
jaybeeFL
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Florida
If you are into this sort of thing.

I don't make a special trip down to the waterfront just for this but it is kind of fun so take a... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
jroberto
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Olympia, Washington
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Welcome to the Tugboat Sand Man, a 106 year old floating museum, located at Percival Landing, in downtown Olympia, WA. The Sand Man is open for free tours every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm (12-3 pm in the winter). This classic tugboat is...more
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320 4th Ave W, Percival Landing, Olympia, WA 98501-1006
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Reviewed 31 October 2018

Youre not missing too much. I mean, its a lovely tug boat but there are more interesing house boats along Percival Landing.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Do G
Reviewed 16 October 2018

The Sand Man tug is an interesting piece of history in Puget Sound. They provide free tours by volunteers during it's ongoing restoration. It sank more than once over the years and is nearly restored again. My dad sailed on this iconic tug in the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

It was really fun to see the inside of the tugboat and hear all about it from the volunteer in attendance. I had always wondered about the boat, seeing if from Percival Landing. If you go, please give a donation as the maintenance of this...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ColvilleB4
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

The tour onboard is something you don't want to miss. I learned so much that one day. The captain explained the boat, how it was built, the crew, and how things were done 100 years ago.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Annette S
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Not too many ships around still afloat dating to the early 1900s but the Sandman is one! We were visiting Olympia Harbor and the tug was open for tours as it was a Saturday afternoon and given its prominent place in the harbor, it drew...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank jaybeeFL
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

The Tug Boat Sandman was launched in 1910 and has been part of Olympia's waterfront ever since. The boat is open to the public but only on Saturday and Sunday for 5 hours each day. For the price (free) you should come on board and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Brimsmith
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I don't make a special trip down to the waterfront just for this but it is kind of fun so take a look while I am down doing something else.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank jroberto
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The last surviving steam vessel that once provided the primary mode of transporting people and goods throughout Puget Sound. After floating at anchor for years it was refurbished by volunteers and now rests at the Olympia Docks for visitors to observe. It serves as a...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank cpethia
Reviewed 14 June 2016

If you are into classic tugs, come see this one that has been lovingly renovated by volunteers. She sits at the dock at Percival Landing and can be toured at various times.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Dianne H
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