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The snagboat Swinomish, undated. Photo, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Snagboats on Puget Sound: A photo essay

Snagboats were a familiar site on the Ship Canal and on Puget Sound rivers from 1885 to 1981. Berthed at the Ballard Locks, the snagboats Skagit (1885-1914), Swinomish (1914-1929), and W.T. Preston (1929-1981) were charged with clearing snags and other debris from the region’s waterways. Aside from this primary duty, the snagboats were called to serve in many other ways. For the […]

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Lake Union: The Human Impact

Dick Wagner, the Founding Director of The Center for Wooden Boats, explores the ecology of the lake destined to unite the saltwater and freshwater sides of the Ship Canal. This essay was originally published on the CWB blog Shavings. Western Washington has a mystique. It’s a unique blend of snow-capped mountains, misty rain forests, waters […]

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Making the Cut: The Yesler Mill on Union Bay

On New Year’s Day, 1890, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article touting the benefits of purchasing property at Ravenna Park, north of the city limits. To bolster the argument, the article pointed to the settlement of Yesler as a neighboring thriving community: “Yesler Mill, a settlement of some sixty houses, with ice factory, church and stores — […]

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Ship Shapes: The Ed Monk Sr. Ships Plans Collection

In 2014 Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society accepted a large collection of drawings, documents, photos, and artifacts related to the work of renowned naval architect Edwin Monk (1894-1973) from his family. Monk was a designer and builder of boats large and small, pleasure and commercial. His vessels are familiar to mariners all along the Pacific […]

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