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After a century of fishing in the North Pacific, this local icon is transitioning to a new life as an operational museum ship and education platform. Come join us in welcoming this Ballard-built legend into the museum fleet!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day aboard the Lightship Swiftsure like the Irish shipyard workers that put her together back in 1904! Get your tickets now at


Get to know us by watching the beautiful documentary about Lightship No. 83 and it’s ongoing restoration!

Produced by Vaun Raymond and students at the Art Institute of Seattle.

Northwest Seaport, a maritime heritage organization, shares the history and heritage of two National Historic Landmark vessels docked at the Historic Ships Wharf in Lake Union Park, Seattle.

Museum ships Arthur Foss and Lightship No. 83, also known as Swiftsure, are open to the public for viewing, educational programs, special events, tugboat overnight programs and vessel stewardship activities.


Buy a plank in Plankowners program to support lightship restoration.
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