Celebrated Seattle naval architect Ted Geary was at his peak in the 1920s and 1930s when he designed his luxurious fantail motor yachts for clients including Hollywood movie stars like John Barrymore. In this excerpt from John Sabella’s documentary Throwbacks to a Golden Age of Northwest Boats, we are treated to a tour of some […]
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George Edwin William Monk was born in Port Blakely, Wash. in 1894 and became widely known as one of the Northwest’s premier naval architects. From the late 1920s through the 1960s, Ed Monk designed vessels ranging from towboats to dinghies, military patrol boats to tugs. But he is best known for his sleek, classic powerboats. […]
For decades, the N.J. Blanchard Boat Company built signature wooden yachts along the shore’s of Seattle’s Lake Union. In 1905, N.J. teamed up with Dean and Lloyd Johnson to found the Johnson Bros. & Blanchard yard on the Duwamish River. Working with N.J.’s boyhood friend, naval architect Ted Geary, the trio crafted the 100-foot Helori […]
The Ted Geary-designed M/V Westward is arguably the most famous motor yacht ever launched on Puget Sound. Built by Campbell Church, Sr. in 1924, the vessel pioneered the Alaska excursion trade from the 1920s to the 1950s as she ferried early 20th-century business leaders and celebrities as far as the Pribilof Islands to hunt bear, […]
Tacoma’s waterfront has been undergoing a transition, and I intended to explore the new working waterfront museum at Foss Waterway Seaport, wondering if any ships would be moored there. I ran into the WESTWARD and found a very active, if fledgling, area in transition from a formerly gritty and deteriorating industrial waterfront. The WESTWARD takes […]