Posted by: nwseaport | November 12, 2012

Holiday Lights at Lake Union Park November 24

Sip on Ship.  Board historic tugboat ARTHUR FOSS and enjoy a cup of hot cider while exploring the decks.  The winter cover may give the tug an appearance of a large snowman.

Spend the afternoon at Lake Union Park making holiday crafts, building toy boats, decorating cookies, sipping hot cocoa, listening to maritime music, and more. Stay in the evening for a live holiday performance from Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators on board the historic Virginia V steamship, followed by a viewing of the Dickens Carolers, performing on board the Argosy Christmas Ship in Lake Union. A full schedule of activities will be posted soon.

Holiday Lights at Lake Union Park is co-presented by MOHAI, The Center for Wooden Boats, Northwest Seaport, Maritime Folknet, Discovery Modelers Education Center, Argosy Cruises, and the Steamship Virginia V.

More information on the At Lake Union website.

Saturday November 24th

1:00pm – 8:00pm
Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N.
Posted by: nwseaport | November 8, 2012

November 9th Chantey Sing with Percy Hilo

Percy HiloNext Chantey Sing Friday, November 9th with Percy Hilo!
8:00 pm aboard the historic steamer Virginia V

Percy Hilo is a songwriter, singer, song collector, and folklorist who has been active in the Northwest for over 30 years.  He has performed at chantey sings, coffeehouses, festivals, and many worthwhile benefits and community events.  Percy will keep the sing-a-long session rolling along.  More info…

Posted by: nwseaport | October 29, 2012

Volunteers and Intern Needed

Northwest Seaport is seeking volunteers and an intern to support the organization this autumn/winter.

Join us today.

View three new postings at and at each posting below.

IMMEDIATE NEED:  Weekend of November 17 & 18.  Tugboat crews are starting at 10:00 AM at at the Historic Ships Wharf to complete the building of winter cover.  Coffee and donuts offered with some scraps for lunch…i.e. tugboat fare:)   Contact for this immediate opportunity. 
Help Northwest Seaport maintain its historic fleet through maintenance, restoration, and work parties.
  • Membership and Development Intern – Volunteer Opportunity

    Northwest Seaport needs a dedicated Membership and Development Intern to help manage membership databases, e-news and website. 
  • Boat Host for Historic Ship (a tugboat!) – Volunteer Opportunity

    Become a Boat Host to help keep the historic tugboat Arthur Foss open to visitors, enjoying the Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park.

Interested?  Take a first step today by emailing or visit website page for volunteer application.

More about the Arthur Foss can be found at this National Park Service website.

Posted by: nwseaport | October 25, 2012

Sea Scouts Board Arthur Foss on Reconnaissance Mission

After voyaging from Tacoma to Lake Union aboard the Charles N. Curtis, four crew members from the 150-plus Boy Scouts of America Sea Scouts who maintain the Verite, Odyssey and Charles N. Curtis discovered a little more about diesel engines this past Saturday.

With the Adrian Lipp, engineer of the Arthur Foss and owner of Old Tacoma Marine, the four Sea Scouts explored the Washington Iron Works engine that once propelled this historic tug Arthur Foss from throughout the Northwest and to the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska.

Adrian shared information about the Northwest Seaport education programs he leads which involve students in starting and overhauling the engine.  One Sea Scout exclaimed, “Wow!  You can fit your whole body in the engine cylinder?”

The Engineer for a Day program hosts high school students and educators aboard multiple historic vessels at the Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park.  For one day, students become engineers with engine maintenance and start-up instructions.  They get those engines running as is a crew was preparing for the day’s voyage to the log booming grounds.

The “Diesel Engine Theory” class, attended by both students and adults wishing to get their hands on a classic tugboat engine, completely rebuild one to the six cylinders over a period of five consecutive Saturdays.  Participants need no prior experience to register, but they sure leave with an experience of a lifetime.

Tarin Todd and Tom Rogers supervised the voyage to Seattle, Lipp said.  We hope they’ll return with the entire crew one day next summer.

Kathleen Merryman of the Tacoma Tribune wrote a story regarding the Tacoma Youth Marine Center grand opening this past summer in Tacoma, with a few line from it here:

The Center makes it official today on the Foss Waterway, giant scissors and all. It celebrates its grand opening with tours, boat rides, a free barbecue and officials praising the innovation and perseverance of the people who made it real.

But the ribbon cutting is a formality. This spring, the center already is, as its motto says: “Helping youth touch the Sound.”

The team led by the two men worked out a plan with the Port of Tacoma, which wanted a permanent maritime-related buffer on the Foss that would separate traditional blue-collar uses from the encroaching urban development.

Read more from Merryman’s story here:
Posted by: nwseaport | October 15, 2012

Nathaniel Howe to speak at CWB Oct 19, 7-10PM

The October Speaker at CWB’s “Third Friday Speaker Series” will be Nathaniel Howe with his talk  Devil in the Details: New research on the historic Swedish warship Vasa.

In the summer of 1628, the double gundeck Swedish warship Vasa was the most powerful warship in the world…until it sank fifteen minutes into its maiden voyage. Although unsuccessful as a warship, Vasa was intended to outclass every warship afloat, incorporating the most modern innovations in warship construction – innovations that dominated European naval strategy for the next several centuries, despite Vasa’s fate. Since the ship was raised in 1961, it has been the subject of intensive study. Today, archaeologists and maritime tradesmen have replaced the foreign spies of the 17th century, straining to note every detail of Vasa’s design and construction. Seattle-born nautical archaeologist, Nathaniel Howe, will give a presentation on recent research at the Vasa Museum. Howe has spent two years conducting research at the Vasa Museum as a Fulbright Scholar and an East Carolina University nautical archaeology student.

Support for the 2012 Third Friday Speaker Series comes from Three Sheets Northwest.  More information is available at this link.

Posted by: nwseaport | October 15, 2012

Launching Boatwright-In-Residence Program

The Center for Wooden Boats and Northwest Seaport Launch Boatwright-In-Residence Program for Recent Boat Building Grads

Pilot program gives new grads experience on the job and helps both organizations preserve historic boats in their collections

The Center for Wooden Boats and Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center in Seattle are looking for recent graduates of boating schools to serve as their first joint Boatwright in Residence.  The two maritime organizations have cooperated to create and share costs of the new ten week program as a way to help recent graduates of marine carpentry programs make the transition to the job market. The new program will also help both organizations make faster progress on repairs to the boats in their respective collections.

The rookie boatwrights selected for the program will stay aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss, and split their time working on that large heavily planked historic vessel and working on CWB’s collection of historic small craft at its locations on Lake Union and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.

“Getting that first job out of school is daunting in any industry, and we’re pleased to work with our partners at Northwest Seaport to create this new opportunity for recent marine carpentry grads,” said Betsy Davis, CWB Executive Director. “And we’ll get tremendous benefit as these grads bring the latest knowledge from schools, and their enthusiasm, to help us preserve the boats that represent our region’s maritime legacy.”

CWB and Northwest Seaport hope to hire the first Boatwright in Residence this fall, and will make decisions on the future of the program after this first trial session.

“Northwest Seaport is excited to help launch this program as it helps contribute to the graduate’s repertoire of job skills and improves the condition of the Arthur Foss,” said Otto Loggers, NW Seaport Executive Director.  “It’s a win, win, win situation as we gain a skilled set of hands, they gain experience under the guidance of our Shipwright, and CWB and NW Seaport strengthen our partnership.”

Recent marine carpentry grads interested in the new program can e-mail Kyle Hunter, CWB’s Boatshop Manager, , for an application.

About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit.

About Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center

Northwest Seaport, founded in 1964, preserves and interprets the maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest.  At Seattle’s Lake Union Park Northwest Seaport museum ships, the tugboat Arthur Foss and the Lightship No. 83 Swiftsure, provide a hands-on venue for family education and vocational training programs.  Recent Northwest Seaport events include Gold Rush Tugboats, on-board story time for toddlers, tugboat tours, maritime music and overnight experience programs.

Posted by: nwseaport | October 10, 2012

Next Chantey Sing – Friday, October 12

Spanaway BayThe next Chantey Sing is Friday, October 12 with Spanaway Bay!
8:00 pm aboard the historic steamer Virginia V

From the rocky shores of Spanaway Bay, south of the Puget Sound and directly above the center of the earth, sail the rollicking folk duo Spanaway Bay. The lively duo of Kent and Carol are the favorite chantey singers aboard the 1913 schooner Adventuress, performing as members of Broadside and the Handsome Cabin Boys and The Great Sanger and Didele. Taste the salty, bluesy flavor of Spanaway Bay!

Posted by: nwseaport | September 27, 2012

Notice to Consultants

Lightship No. 83 SwiftsureRFQ for Lightship No. 83 Project Management

Northwest Seaport is soliciting individuals or firms with experience in project management on marine repair projects to submit their qualifications in support of Phase 2 construction on the Lightship No. 83 Rehabilitation Project. Submittal deadline is October 26, 2012.

The full RFQ may be downloaded here or obtained at

Posted by: nwseaport | September 14, 2012

Gold Rush Tugboats, September 30 at Lake Union Park

Text and Hyperlinks:

Gold Rush Tugboats PDF Flyer

Presented by Northwest Seaport


Celebrate Gold Rush Tugboats on Sunday September 30, 2012.
The historic tugboats Elmore and Arthur Foss will be open for public boarding at
Lake Union Park’s Historic Ships Wharf. Relive Klondike Fever from the decks of these classic workboats on which miners shivered with anticipation of hitting pay dirt.

Activities for the entire family include:
Tours of Vessels, Engine Start-ups, Whistle Sound-offs & Interpretation by a National Park Service Ranger


Sunday, September 30, 2012 | 10am – 5pm

Aboard the historic tugboats Elmore and Arthur Foss

Lake Union Park, Historic Ships Wharf
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Sponsors: Fremont Tugboat Company, Inc.| Old Tacoma Marine, Inc.

Partnering Organizations:       Retired Tugboats Association, The Steamship Virginia V Foundation, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle UnitMaritime Folknet

In 1898 the tugboats R.P. Elmore and Wallowa ferried freight and passengers to and from Seattle and Alaska ports, staging grounds for the Gold Rush.   Today, the Elmore docks in Port Ludlow, WA. The Wallowa (later renamed Arthur Foss) is a National Historic Landmark and museum ship owned by Northwest Seaport in Seattle.

Thank you SPONSORS!

Fremont Tugboat Illustration by Bill Garden

Posted by: nwseaport | September 13, 2012

September Chantey Sing 9/14 with Helen Gilbert

Helen GilbertNorthwest Seaport’s September’s Chantey Sing will be on Friday, Sept. 14, 8:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Helen Gilbert is a new song leader for the monthly Chantey Sings and has recently joined the Northwest maritime music community. A native of England, her repertoire of songs and love of music were honed by singing with her father and with the Morris Dance community. Helen has played an instrumental role in getting the Port Townsend monthly sings established and is collaborating on a chantey songbook.  Helen will keep the music rolling along.

Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at 1215 Thomas Street (Seattle, 98109)  just one block west of REI.  The sing will be downstairs in Parrish Hall.  Admission is Free but donations to benefit maritime preservation are welcome.

More details at NW Seaport’s Chantey webpage.

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