Submitted by Bob Terhune, Capital Lakefair Military Liaison
U.S. Navy Region Northwest Command Cutter “OLD MAN IV” to visit Olympia during Capital Lakefair Summer Festival. The 50-foot-long, 61-year-old, antique wooden boat will arrive at the City of Olympia’s Percival Landing on Thursday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m.
The twin diesel engine powered vessel will be open for visitors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 13-15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
FUN FACT: OLD MAN IV was built in 1957 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, the same year, 1957, that Capital Lakefair was begun in Olympia. So Lakefair and the “OLD MAN IV” are the same age!
The Command Cutter, officially known as an Admiral’s Barge, serves as a ceremonial platform for Rear Admiral Christopher S. (Scottie) Gray, who recently took command of Navy Region Northwest on June 20, 2018 in a Change of Command Ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton.
The Boat Crew for this year’s visit consists of:
- Lieutenant Kurtis Landauer, Boat Officer
- Chief Quartermaster (Surface Warfare) William Kearns, Boat Officer and
- Engineman 1st Class (Surface Warfare) Ryan L. Bartoletti, Boat Engineer and Boat Coxswain
During Lakefair week the members of the Boat Crew will take part in several Lakefair events, including Saturday’s 5:00pm Capital Lakefair Grand Parade in which LT Landauer will ride in the “rumble seat” of a vintage 1930 Model “A” Ford owned and driven by long-time Capitalarian and Past Lakefair President Jack Coyne.