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1929 tour boat David B depends on Bellingham port support

Robust network of businesses support repairs, maintenance for dozens of boats

Captain Jeffery Smith, left, and Tom Riley untie the David B from its slip at Squalicum Harbor.
Captain Jeffery Smith, left, and Tom Riley untie the David B from its slip at Squalicum Harbor on March 20, 2023, after months moored up in the quiet waters. Each spring, Jeffery and Christine Smith spend hours prepping the 1929 vessel for a journey to Alaska. Riley was the naval architect who redesigned the ship when it was restored. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Hailey Hoffman Visual Journalist
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