Perhaps the most idyllic physical features in Washington are concentrated in the San Juan Islands. Here is a natural topography encompassing more than 150 islands, considered by many persons to be unsurpassed for natural beauty and interest. Early-day commercial transportation among the islands, with its colorful sidelights, is recalled by Mary Kasch Nollan. Mary’s father, […]
The flattie was originally not a one-design class but rather a boat that kids built to sail. These little floaters were all cross-planked on the bottom and all flat bottomed, thus the name. They were gaff-rigged and had bowsprits. Ted Geary designed the first one-designed flattie in 1927. It carried a jib that added sail […]
Summer is well under way, and warm sunny weather has been the reward for enduring a long, cold and damp winter and spring. The first day of summer found me anchored in another one of my favorite spots in the San Juan Islands: Garrison Bay. Aside from excellent anchorage, Garrison Bay offers a lot for […]
“The trade magazine Railway and Marine News in 1908 termed her ‘the most remarkable steamer in the world.’ Scaling off the exaggeration, the slender hulled Flyer was indeed one for the record book. The Flyer was built in Portland of Douglas fir by Capt. U.B. Scott, a Midwest transplant with a unique savvy for extracting […]
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.