Historic Ships Wharf Events Celebrate MOHAI Grand Opening

MOHAI with view of Historic Ships Wharf

Photo courtesy of MOHAI

Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will celebrate its grand opening at Lake Union Park December 29.  Northwest Seaport wishes to celebrate this opening at Historic Ships Wharf by creating events to offer celebration attendees during the opening weekend and January 1 and 3, 2013.

The following Northwest Seaport events are scheduled:

1. Museum Ship: Visit tugboat ARTHUR FOSS, Artwork by Byron Birdsall.  Saturday & Sunday, December 29 & 30 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Tugboat Arthur Foss

Corking demonstrations aboard during limited open ship hours.

Northwest Seaport is pleased to work with marine artist Byron Birdsall and to highlight this pen and ink artwork of the tugboat ARTHUR FOSS while underway.  This artwork is the featured December 2012 month in the Foss Maritime Company’s tugboat calendar.  Artwork will be displayed in tug’s galley.  Byron Birdsall is one of Alaska’s most reknowned artists and one of Annie Kaill’s bestselling artists. His paintings feature brilliant landscapes, as well as uniquely Alaskan images such as puffins, eagles, and fishing boats.

2. Deck Corking Demonstrations aboard tugboat ARTHUR FOSS,  Saturday & Sunday, December 29 & 30 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Roll up your sleeves and try to cork a deck seam with an experienced shipwright who has been working in boatyards from Washington to Alaska.  Visitors will have the opportunity to pick up a corking mallet and learn to hammer cotton and oakum into the seams and seal them with pitch in the traditional fashion…or just watch Brian Johnson and others demonstrate corking.

Lighting Up Lightship

Lighting of the Lightship

3. Lighting of the Lightship, at lightship No.83 SWIFTSURE,  Saturday at 4:30 pm.

On December 29 Northwest Seaport board members will turn on more than 2000 feet of lights decorating the historic Lightship No.83 SWIFTSURE.  South Lake Union community members and MOHAI grand opening attendees will gather for an official Lighting of the Lightship just after sunset.  Event sponsored by Vulcan, Inc.

Join the celebrations!

More information regarding MOHAI is found here.