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Stories of the Sea, A storytelling, poetry and music tradition

2014 Stories of the Sea poster May 8 at 8PMNorthwest Seaport is honored to produce the annual Stories of the Sea (poster) storytelling, poetry and music tradition.

MAY 8 at 8:00PM ; Highligher Pub & Grill (location details)

The Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival will award cash prizes to the top three finishers in this unique maritime storytelling event. Only 12 spaces are available and preferred e-mail registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is OPEN.  Presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo and National Fisherman; Sponsored by Propeller Club of Seattle and Port of Seattle.

Join fishers, sailors, and other folks for presentations of original stories, poems, and songs about maritime lives and experiences.

Join fishers, sailors, and other folks for presentations of original stories, poems, and songs about maritime lives and experiences.

To register, email Northwest Seaport- E: info@nwseaport.org or use the Contact Form.

To be entertained, join us May 8 at the Highligher Pub & Grill!  Special appreciation is shared for the Highlighter Pub & Grill owners and crew for supporting this event, judges accepting cash payments (:o), and to Port of Seattle for assisting Northwest Seaport in producing the event!

Rob Earle center 1st Place Stories of the Sea 2013. Who will win honors and cash in 2014?

Rob Earle center 1st Place Stories of the Sea 2013. Who will win honors and cash in 2014?

WATCH FOR DETAILS on Northwest Seaport’s Facebook page and register for the Seaport’s electronic newsletter on the homepage to keep informed.

Tugboat Documentary Premier and Tugboat Annie Plaque Re-unveiled

View new Arthur Foss documentary to learn more about its iconic American story.

View, soon, the new Arthur Foss documentary to engage in this iconic American story.

Vaun Raymond Filmmaker Seattle Art Institute

This trailer of the new film Arthur Foss: Iconic Tugboat of the Northwest, provides a taste of the exciting documentary about the 125-year old museum ship.  Full documentary will be released soon.  In collaboration with the Art Institute of Seattle’s Summer Studio Class-2013, Northwest Seaport co-produced this film.

On March 6, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park(PDF) hosted the film’s world premiere, and Watch the Sky musicians, Northwest Seaport chantey singers and representatives from Maritime Folknet entertained the crowd with  music and chanteys, such as “A Hundred Years Ago” (written by Bob Kotta and Mariide Tune). While AIS-student and film director, Victor M. Ramos III, was unavailable, filmmaker and Art Institute of Seattle instructor, Vaun Raymond, introduced the AIS-student documentary and also shared a “the-making-of” film regarding the 2013 class efforts.

Anna Franklin with Memory Book of Captain Franklin webFilm goers enjoyed listing to stories from Franklin family members whose father and siblings captained and crewed aboard Arthur Foss.  Save Our Ships and Northwest Seaport founder, Kay Bullitt spoke briefly about the founding of this organization.  Chuck Fowler, co-author of “Tugboats of Puget Sound” shared with attendees some historical perspective of Arthur Foss and contributions to the Pacific Northwest maritime economy.

Plaque 1 Dedicated to Tugboat Annie 1940 Pioneer Spirit of Puget Sound webNearly 75 year-ago tug Arthur Foss seemed to have starred in another Hollywood sensation event, Northwest Seaport now believes.  On Oct 18, 1940 Tugboat Annie Sails Again actors Ronald Reagan and Marjorie Rambeau with Henry Foss of the Foss Launch and Tug Company presented the City of Tacoma at the city’s Roxy theater (now  Pantages Theater)  with a bronze plaque which includes the words, “Dedicated to Tugboat Annie – 1940 – Pioneer Spirit of Puget Sound.” (pictured).  

Northwest Seaport and Foss Waterway Seaport Crew 2Otto Loggers, Executive Director of Northwest Seaport, noticed the plaque in a 1940 collection of photos of the world premiere of Tugboat Annie Sails Again in the Tacoma Public Library’s Richards Studio Collection.  Loggers was told that neither the Library nor the Tacoma Historical Society had possession of it.  A collaborative search began with the Foss Waterway Seaport curator, Joseph M. Govednik.  He who tracked it down at the Broadway Center For the Performing Arts, who kindly loaned it for transport and display at the March 6 event.

NPS ArrowheadThe plaques was unveiled, and the audience seemed to “gasp,” one observer shared.  Viewing the plaque for the first time, Northwest Seaport Nautical Archaeologist, Nathaniel Howe, shared his belief that the plaque’s central-placed tug with “Narcissus” inscribed on its bow was in fact, Northwest Seaport’s Arthur Foss tug. 

During the event, the 2014 Arthur Foss Tugboat Campaign was launched, with a donation from Fremont Boat Company.  Additionally, the grandchildren of Thea and Andrew Foss made a significant contribution to the production and distribution efforts of the documentary.  Please watch for Campaign Cards and contribute to help keep Arthur Foss alive for the next generation.

Arthur Foss Documentary World Premiere 3.6.2014 Bruce Sherman photo web Otto Loggers Emcee World Premiere Nearly 70 Attendees at World Premiere at Klondike web Kay Bullitt founder of Save our Ships and Northwest Seaport web

Keep Washington Shining

Keep Washington Shining banner

PRESS RELEASE
February 18, 2014, Contact: Nan Devlin, nan@devlinendean.comDevlin Endean Marketing Group

Keep Washington Shining campaign spotlights lighthouse funding, encourages drivers to choose a Washington Lighthouse license plate. 

Since 2009, license plates have funded $125,000 in restoration projects; more support needed to help preserve 13 nonprofit lighthouses open to public

Coupeville, Wash. Feb. 18, 2014 - Lighthouse Environmental Programs (LEP), a Whidbey Island based non-profit organization announced today the launch of the Keep Washington Shining campaign to encourage drivers to choose a Washington Lighthouse specialty license plate for their car, motorcycle, trailer or RV. The campaign is designed to make drivers aware of the direct impact they have on ensuring Washington’s coastal treasures for generations to Continue reading

Lightship Overfalls is Reborn: From a Rust Bucket to a Landmark

Lightship Overfalls WAL539 LV118 Bow Lewes Del

Lightship Overfalls WAL539 LV118 Bow Lewes Del

In 1999 the Lightship Overfalls (LV-118) lay rusting to pieces in a muddy hole in Lewes, Delaware. The community seemingly had lost hope of restoration and attempts to give her away were unsuccessful. Then, a small group of local citizens took ownership of the ailing vessel to save her from the ship breakers. The group put together a comprehensive plan to bring her back from the brink of oblivion. The plan, even with the extensive use of volunteer labor, had a capital budget of $1.2 million and the group had scant resources and no credibility.

The presentation discusses the project’s 13-year history including how the funds were raised and how the group stayed right on budget. Today, the museum ship is an award winning, National Historic Landmark, designated in 2011, and is featured in a park setting worthy of the vessel and the crews who served aboard.

Lightship Overfalls WAL539 LV118 Park Lewes, Del

David Bernheisel, Honorary Board member of the Overfalls Foundation, is a retired Federal employee and a self-proclaimed “life-long river rat.” He has been actively involved in the Overfalls Foundation since 2000, serving on the Board of Directors and in the roles of President, Vice President, and Out-reach Chair. For three years he served as a crew member of Delaware’s tall ship, Kalmar Nyckle, and completed the America’s Great Loop cruise in his own boat. He has also had international assignments with the USAID funded Farmer-to-Farmer program and as an election observer.

The Center for Wooden Boat is co-hosting event and graciously provides their boathouse as the evening’s venue.  Directions

— Lightship Work Party in the afternoon before talk. —

Future USCG Academy Cadet becomes Seaport Member

Megan Rice stands aboard LV83 and in front of a Registered National Historic Place plaque, which states: "Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of October 16, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating American history."

Megan Rice stands aboard LV83 and in front of a Registered National Historic Place plaque, which states: “Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of October 16, 1966, this property possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating American history.”

Member Spotlight and Guest Blog:
Megan Rice became a Northwest Seaport member before she even stepped aboard the Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure.”  Seaport staff welcomed her aboard both the lightship and tug Arthur Foss last week to discuss membership and ways to become involved with Northwest Seaport as a young adult.  During the discussion, she agreed to share her story and goal of serving the country as a naval engineering officer and designer of the Coast Guard cutter fleet.  She also writes, “I only wish I’d found out about NWS a lot sooner.”

Washington State can be proud that she will represent the State and her community at the United States Coast Guard Academy with the graduating class of 2018.

“Hello, I’m Megan Rice and I’m 21 years old.  My interest in engineering, the maritime industry, the U.S. military, and the Coast Guard inspired me to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy, where, as a cadet, I’ll get closer to my goal of serving my country as a naval engineering officer and designer of the Coast Guard cutter fleet.

Megan Rice holds her USCGA acceptance letter with images of USCG Barque Eagle.

Megan Rice holds her USCGA acceptance letter with images of USCG Barque Eagle.

Since my early fascination with the Titanic, I’ve immersed myself in studying ships and the art of integrating many complex systems into one functional, buoyant vessel. This passion has led me to pursue a career in naval architecture and marine engineering.

After diligently contacting over 25 local shipyards and engineering firms without any contacts in the maritime world, I became employed at Jensen Maritime Consultants. At this prominent NA&ME firm, I work in both Continue reading

Reconstructing San Salvador talk by Dr. Ray Ashley

Reconstructing San Salvador, Cabrillo’s galleon of 1542 – California’s Origin Story

Salvador Group in San Diego

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM aboard Steamship Virginia V at Lake Union Park

For generations the 1542 voyage of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo – the first incursion of Europeans into the waters off the US West Coast – has served as California’s origin story. This talk will provide a glimpse into the medieval world of Cabrillo, a figure shrouded Continue reading

Keeping It Alive for the Next Generation: Year End Donation

Please, make an online donation today.

Please, make an online donation today.

Please enjoy reading Northwest Seaport’s Appeal 2013/2014 letter (pdf)

Learn about this past year’s activities, successes and continuing efforts to meet our mission and dedication to the preservation, education and interpretation of the maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest.

Next, help us ensure Northwest Seaport’s 50th year anniversary in 2014 has the financial security to plan and staff youth programs for the next generation.  Your tax-free gift will be realized through the experience of these youngsters aboard our ships.

Please Donate Today

If you have already received the appeal letter and returned the donation card…

Thank You!

Engineer for a Day Program Success

Engineer for a Day Dec 13 2013 BMA Students aboard Arthur Foss“We actually worked on the engine and gained more background info and a better understanding of diesel engines.” (BMA Student)

Ballard Maritime Academy students got down to work last Friday, December 13th aboard the Seaport’s fleet of National Historic Landmark vessels.  Seaport instructors turned the tug Arthur Foss and lightship No.83 “Swiftsure” into floating classrooms and engaged these high school students in the processes of starting a 700hp marine diesel engine and in discussions regarding the possibilities of restoring the 1904 steam engine deep inside Swiftsure’s hull.

Engineer for a Day Dec 13 2013 BMA Students aboard tug

At 0845 sleepy-eyed students rolled out of their parked cars and boarded both vessels at Historic Ships Wharf in two different groups to create smaller instructional groupings for higher impact and hands-on opportunities.  Chief Engineer of Arthur Foss, Steven Baker, immediately set the students to preparing the tug’s Washington Iron Works engine for start-up.

Engineer for a Day Dec 13 2013 BMA Students starting tug

“I love the Swiftsure and Arthur Foss. I would like to spend more time on them.” (BMA Student)

With guidance, students oiled and greased the engine’s valve train, pumps, shaft bearings and camshaft.  They checked various tanks and gauges while peppering Steven with questions regarding one aspect of the engine or another.  During the program, students also taught one another repetitive tasks as they passed the oil can, for example, ensuring their friends learned the task at hand.

Finally, engine start-up!  Dazzled, most students could not help but smile from ear-to-ear, as the six Continue reading

Vulcan Inc. Sponsors Lighting of the Lightship

Vulcan IncToday’s Lighting of the Lightship event would not be possible without the generous support from Vulcan Inc., a member of the South Lake Union business community and supporter of Northwest Seaport. Thank you, again!

Lighting of Lightship Beacon of Lake Union, Nov 30, 2013

Lighting of Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure” (aka) Beacon of Lake Union Nov 30, 2013. Event sponsored by Vulcan Inc.

At 5:00 pm., Greet the Season attendees and South Lake Union community members gathered for an official Lighting of the Lightship 2013, the sunset tradition since 2012 when Vulcan Inc. began supporting this signature holiday event at Lake Union Park.

A short ceremony recognized lightship sailor’s contributions to the our nation through service with US Coast Guard.  Otto Loggers, Executive Director of Northwest Seaport, also shared that the Seaport will turn 50 years in 2014 and that tug Arthur Foss will also celebrate 125 years.

Northwest Seaport crew provide station-based tours under holiday lights and aboard Swiftsure's deck outfitted with catwalks.

Northwest Seaport crew provide station-based tours under holiday lights and aboard Swiftsure’s deck outfitted with catwalks.

After also recognizing the many volunteers (15+) which made today’s Open Ship education program possible and the evening’s event sponsor, Vulcan Inc., a hearty countdown ensued and finished with the crowd yelling: “Light That Lightship!” The Vessel Manager hit the switch to the hundreds of light bulbs and ship’s beacon and a rousing cheer and applause filled the Historic Ships Wharf and south end of Lake Union.

Visitors participating in the event streamed aboard the lightship which was opened only for the second time to the general public for Continue reading

Greet the Season and Lighting of the Lightship

GTS-Poster cropped Ships ActivitiesJoin the partners of Lake Union Park for a one-of-a-kind family-oriented holiday event! Greet the Season at Lake Union Park features activities for all ages, including OPEN SHIPS of Northwest Seaport:

Swiftsure and Arthur Foss are open from 12:00 – 5:00pm.

Lightship No. 83 "Swiftsure" is stage and venue for Lighting of the Lightship.

Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure” is stage and venue for Lighting of the Lightship.

At 5:00pm, join us aboard Swiftsure for Lighting of the Lightship, where Northwest Seaport illuminates hundreds of feet of lights decorating the historic lightship No. 83.  Plan to board Swiftsure for a simple ceremony to welcome in the holidays.

This event would not be possible without the generous support from Vulcan Inc., a member of the South Lake Union business community.

Vulcan IncGreet the Season event opens at 10am and there are activities throughout the day and into the evening – activities and performances are staggered, so please check the schedule if there is something you don’t want to miss.

New this year: Board the Swiftsure during specialty tours.  The historic 1904 vessel was recently opened to the public for the first Continue reading