They come in all sizes and from all over as ships travel through Admiralty Strait in the NW of Washington. Seattle and Tacoma are the top docking ports.
They come one at a time or seemingly they come in clusters. Much of the tug and barge traffic is from Alaska.
Counted in the traffic are Navy ships. With two ports to call on (Everett and Bremerton), you never know what you might see. This ship is at the munition pier adjacent to the Strait. There is some irony in this ammunition ship’s name: the US Cesar Chavez.
Through it all (and in all but the lowest of tides or the severest weather) ferries cross the strait connection Port Townsend to Whidbey Island. We’ve seen the ferry captains take some somewhat out of the way paths from one side to the other due to traffic and currents.