It is a historic year for the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks) in Seattle, and you’re invited to help celebrate! July 4, 1917 marked the official opening of the Ballard Locks. On that day the SS Roosevelt passed through and led a marine parade of commercial and pleasure craft through the Ship Canal to Lake Union […]
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 […]
Great stories from the shipyards and boatyards around Seattle… Read the full post on the Center for Wooden Boats blog.
Rum Running Through the Islands Recalled by Harry W. Patton “Joe Patton was not a rumrunner, or a bootlegger. For a loss of exact descriptive words, I would describe him as a ‘fringe facilitator.’ He never did drive a rum boat in the dark of night, nor load or off load any booze. Soon after […]
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 […]
Long after the heyday of the Mosquito fleet, precursor our highways and the Washington State Ferry system, a resurgence of steamboat enthusiasm emerged between 1950 and the 1970s in the Puget Sound Region. People were drawn by the romance and nostalgia of a time when plentiful driftwood fuel lined the shores and protected waters provided ample cruising […]
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 […]