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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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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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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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Northwest Seaport turns 50

Northwest Seaport, the non-profit organization behind the historic tug Arthur Foss, the lightship Swiftsure, and the fishing troller Twilight, is turning 50 this year. It’s impossible to talk about the history of Northwest Seaport without talking about the history of the Wawona, the schooner the organization was founded to save. In the early 1960’s, according [...]

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Coast Guard Auxiliary turns 75

It seems appropriate that the genesis of the Coast Guard Auxiliary began in an event so closely identified with the organization today: a courtesy inspection. In 1934, the commodore of the Pacific Writers’ Yacht Club — a recently founded club comprised mostly of Hollywood screenwriters, boasting an impressive number of movie stars along on the [...]

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United States Power Squadrons turn 100

If you know anything about the United States Power Squadrons (USPS), it’s probably because you learned something about boating from a member or class or some of their extensive educational material developed on myriad nautical subjects. And education is the primary reason for the existence of the organization; some hint of the origins are inherent [...]

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