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Seattle's shoreline has changed radically since the city was founded

The shoreline that once was

In today’s highly-regulated, environmentally conscious shoreline development era (well, mostly; the occasional rogue goes off and reroutes a river without permission) you might be forgiven for imagining the Puget Sound shoreline as ancient, historic, and immutable. Certainly, at least in the Seattle area, little has changed at the wave-lapped edges of the waterfront in the […]

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Fishermen's Terminal and the Freemont Ice Cream boat in black and white

Fishermen’s Terminal turns 100

Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, center of the Northwest fishing fleet, was the first item on the agenda of the newly founded Port of Seattle in 1913. Previously, moorage for the sizable North Pacific fishing fleet had been scattered all around Puget Sound, wherever individual vessel owners could find it. Similarly, services for the burgeoning fleet were […]

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The CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier in ice

Early Northwest passage exploration vessel found

Almost exactly one year ago, I sat in on a fascinating presentation at the 2013 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival by Captain Bill Noon of the Canadian Coast Guard. Noon, who is one of the captains of the Victoria-based Canadian Coast Guard light icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier, was talking about helming a 2012 expedition to […]

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California man Alfred "Nick" Lemos has had the bell for 77 years.

Adventuress to get her original bell back

You might have heard the amazing story from earlier this year of the discovery and recovery of the original ship’s bell of the local schooner Adventuress (read Deborah Bach’s fantastic article on the mystery 77 years in the making) earlier this year. But you may not know that the bell hasn’t been officially returned just […]

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(Image courtesy of NOAA)

What lies beneath

(Thanks to Guest Dock blogger Captain Mike Brough, who brought this story to our attention) Shipwrecks are not typically the sort of thing that mariners like to dwell on. But if you happen to be one of those morbid souls who has a fixation on what mortal works have been sunk, there’s some good news […]

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