Sparks fly as shipfitter Duane Hunt grinds and cuts an opening for a stack at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland on Whidbey Island last December. The vessel is bound for the San Francisco Bay ferry system. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Sparks fly as shipfitter Duane Hunt grinds and cuts an opening for a stack at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland on Whidbey Island last December. The vessel is bound for the San Francisco Bay ferry system. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

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