They say Navy is like one big family but when it comes to three people in the west it’s more a case of a family within a family. Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, (Deputy Officer-In-Charge Fleet Logistic Support Element – Submarines) and his sons Commander Daniel Sutherland (Commanding Officer, submarine HMAS Dechaineux) and Chaplain James Sutherland (HMAS Stirling) are all proud Navy officers based in Western Australia. But the family’s involvement with Navy doesn’t stop at the three Sutherland men, with matriarch, Mrs Frances Sutherland having senior service history also. Lieutenant Commander Sutherland first joined the Navy as a Junior Recruit in 1974, after which he was categorised as a Writer; a couple of years later he met the future Mrs Sutherland, who was also serving as a Writer. “After reaching the rank of Warrant Officer in 2001, I changed over to officer and continued serving in the Supply branch,” Lieutenant Commander Sutherland said. “It was a very proud moment for my wife and I when our sons were accepted to serve in the Navy and follow in their parents’ footsteps. “They have both forged their own career paths in the Navy, and for the first time in many years the family is all located in the same area.” Commander Sutherland said he was drawn to a career in the Navy from an early age.
Capt. Fred Kosnac was the first tugboater I ever met. If a career can be considered in spiritual or symbolic or abstract terms to be "a life," then Fred Kosnac would rightly be called the patriarch of mine, as a writer and photographer and admirer of tugboaters and tugboats. The matriarch was of course a tugboat proper, the Hay-De, which Capt. Kosnac, based on a phone call out of the blue in 1980, made available to a curious and impressed young journalist
Foss Maritime, founded by the matriarch of the Foss family in 1889, is as much a cultural icon on the U.S. West Coast as McAllister or Moran are on the East Coast. Norwegian immigrant Thea Foss began the business when she bought her first row boat in Tacoma, Wash. and painted it the signature green and white. The Foss family grew the business into a launch service ferrying crew and supplies in the 1910s, then shifted into towing work in the 1940s