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“Alongside 100 ft Boomsticks” — with June Burn, 1930

What a mysteriously fascinating place is the waterfront at night! Lights twinkling on the wet blackness. Invisible men shouting, weird whistles going, shadowy figures moving about on the decks of boats, cigarettes blinking trains ringing bells up on the railroad tracks nearby. “All ready, Cap’n,” a voice calls out. A signal is given. The little […]

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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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Risen from the ashes: Tour the classic wood cruiser GloryBe with OffCenterHarbor.com

The good folks at OffCenterHarbor.com took a tour of Betsy Davis’ 1914 double-ender GloryBe at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend to find out what makes the boat so special. Davis, who’s now the executive director a the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, is the 15th owner of GloryBe and was part of the team to bring her […]

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