Mark Olson gained his knowledge of maritime song and lore after he came aboard the Pacific Northwest’s fleet of tall ships “through the hawsehole”. Beginning as a deckhand and slowly rising through the ranks, Mark retired in 2005 as the Northwest Regional Port Captain and now remains in an advisory capacity to the Grays Harbor fleet. His greatest love while voyaging aboard the West Coast’s many sail training vessels was teaching both the craft and history of traditional sail. Mark’s diverse experience allowed him the pleasure of working alongside some of the world’s foremost shantymen and women.
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