Thank you for your support in 2012! With your help, Northwest Seaport continued to strengthen our services to the community by continuing restoration of our National Historic Landmark ships, providing public programming at Lake Union Park’s Historic Ships Wharf, and showing national leadership through our maritime heritage projects. Your generous gift will help Northwest Seaport continue and broaden these efforts in 2013.
With your help and strategic fundraising we filled three new staff positions: Executive Director-Otto Loggers, engineer-Adrian Lipp, and Vessel Manager/Nautical Archeologist-Nathanial Howe. These staff added several new programs, including the Job Skills and Work Exchange Program, Boatwright-in-Residence, Engineer Work Parties, school tours, and a new Man Overboard event for the Wooden Boat Festival. Supporting our staff and increasing volunteer involvement are critical to Northwest Seaport’s ability to do even more in 2013.
Our successes in 2012 include the following:
- A highly acclaimed presentation on our work to document the Lightship’s systems at the Council of American Maritime Museums’ annual conference and Washington State Historical Society lecture series by Nathaniel Howe.
- Funding from the National Park Service to write an article for SEA HISTORY on the decision-making process that ultimately led to the deconstruction of the Schooner WAWONA. This first article of a three-part series will help guide other maritime heritage nonprofits facing similar decisions.
- Distribution of WAWONA artifacts to local and national institutions, including the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). WAWONA artifacts will be visible throughout the new MOHAI, including the sculpture created by John Grade using repurposed timbers to create an internationally acclaimed work.
- A large variety of activities, hosted by volunteers, onboard the tugboat ARTHUR FOSS. We continue to have this ship serve the community, continuing its legacy as a work boat.
- Began a Boatwright-in-Residence program, also in conjunction with CWB, which will provide skilled labor to support ARTHUR FOSS restoration.
- Continued our support of a young man who is changing his life. After living and working aboard the ARTHUR FOSS, he successfully transitioned to Tongue Point Maritime Training Center. His is an amazing journey from the streets to an award-winning student and leader today. He has been supported by a collaborative effort among local maritime organizations which provides a model for making positive change.
- Hosted a fireworks viewing party and ice cream social on the ARTHUR FOSS on the Fourth of July as extensions of our participation in the annual Wooden Boat Festival a Lake Union Park.
- Offered the very popular “Tugboat Story Time” twice monthly In partnership with The Center for Wooden Boats. On at least one Thursday morning, nearly 100 toddlers and their families attended the 30-minute storybook reading and open ship tours.
- And of course we continue the long-running monthly Chantey Sings.
Northwest Seaport’s newest neighbor, MOHAI, opens December 29, 2012 in the old Naval Reserve building and is expected to drawing tens of thousands of new visitors to Lake Union Park. A maritime exhibit will overlook Northwest Seaport’s vessels. Strolling the Historic Ships’ Wharf and boarding our ships will become a natural part of the park experience for new visitors in the coming years.
In 2012, King County 4Culture recognized our work with a Landmark Challenge Grant of $25,000, the maximum funding, to complete system revitalization for the tug ARTHUR FOSS. Systems repair will begin this winter in parallel with our continued work to restore the hull, supported by an earlier grant.
In 2013 we will continue to capitalize on opportunities to better serve our members and the public at large. We are looking forward to great opportunities and meeting challenges, such as the continuing restoration for LIGHTSHIP 83 and ARTHUR FOSS. This significant work is supported by your generous support and the grants Northwest Seaport has acquired.
Last year at this time, with your support, we hired staff and made great strides as an organization. Your donations and continued support will help achieve our 2013 goals. Together, we have so much that we can share with the community.
Shannon Fitzgerald, President, Northwest Seaport