Posted: July 15, 2014 | By: Allen Petrich Jr. [The Bellingham Herald]
In 1917, Joe M. Martinac joined with my grandfather, Martin A. Petrich, in founding Western Boat Building Co. At year's end, Martinac left as they were making less than their workers. They remained lifelong friends.
It was painful for me to read that the yard Martinac founded in 1924 – the last major original traditional shipyard in Tacoma – is now facing foreclosure.
Martinac was one of the early founding fathers of Tacoma’s boatbuilding industry, along with the other Dalmatian Slav immigrants: Stefano Babare, J.A. Martinolich, the Skansie brothers and Martin Petrich. They were later joined by John J. Petrich, John Breskovich and Mike Kazulin.
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