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Family Fun Day 2014

Family Fun Day is May 11 and part of the Vigor Seattle MARITIME FESTIVAL 2014.

Family Fun Day is May 11 and part of the Vigor Seattle MARITIME FESTIVAL 2014.

Vigor Seattle MARITIME FESTIVAL:
Family Fun Day,
Lake Union Park,
11a.m. – 5p.m.
Seattle Maritime 101 Website

Boat Building ChampionshipWorkboat World Invitational Boat Building Competition
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Industry teams compete in building a boat from standard materials starting at 9 a.m. Judging at 3 p.m., with racing at South Lake Union scheduled for 4 p.m.

Survival Suit RacesSurvival Suit Races presented by Compass Courses Maritime Training
1 p.m.
This prestigious, exciting and fun event will feature teams of four members. At the starting gun, teams put on their survival suits, jump into the warm waters of Lake Union, swim to a life raft and climb aboard. The fastest team wins the competition and the trophy. Read The Seattle Times article about 2014 event.

Lake Union/Ship Canal Tours– 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Ship Canal Tour aboard Argosy Lady MaryPresented by the Port of Seattle Discover the working waterfront in South Lake Union and on the Ship Canal. Learn about the Centennial of Fishermen’s Terminal. Board at Lake Union one-half hour prior to each departure. There is a limit of 200 guests for each tour. There is a limit of four tickets per adult, 18 years or older.

Sunday Ice Cream CruiseVESSEL TOURS – Scheduled to Participate:

  • M/V Lady Mary, Argosy Cruises, 98 feet, North Seawall (Departing at 1p.m. and 3:30p.m.). Free
  • M/V Fremont Avenue, Sunday Ice Cream Cruise, Historic Ships Wharf (Departing hourly). $
  • RV Liberty webM/V Propeller, Sea Scout Ship, 65 feet, West Seawall
  • R/V Liberty, King County Dept. of Natural Resources & Parks, 48 feet, West Seawall
  • F/V Loki, Loki Fish Company,  38 feet, West Seawall
  • Vessel Assist Lake Washington, Lake Union,  26 feet, West Seawall
  • Dragon Boat, Seattle Flying Dragons, 45 feet, Lake Union Park Lawn
  • Calderdale, Ocean Rowboat of Erden Eruc, 23.4 feet (trailer)
  • Loki Fishing VesselU.S. Coast Guard vessel (trailer)
  • M/V Skillful, Private, Historic Ships Wharf
  • Virginia V, The Virginia V Foundation, 125 feet, Historic Ships Wharf
  • Arthur Foss, Northwest Seaport, 111.6 feet, Historic Ships Wharf
  • Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure,” Northwest Seaport, 129 feet, Historic Ships Wharf
  • Duwamish, The Puget Sound Fireboat Foundation, 120 feet, Historic Ships Wharf
  • R/V John N. Cobb, Seattle Maritime Academy, 95.5 feet, Historic Ships Wharf
  • M/V Lotus, M.V. Lotus Heritage Foundation, 92 feet, Historic Ships Wharf

clowns unlimted krakenKIDS ACTIVITIES

Spanaway BayFREE MUSIC (Historic Ships Wharf)*:

  • 11:00 – 12:30, Watch the Sky has been a consistent maritime musical presence in Seattle bringing celtic verve and tight harmonies to traditional, contemporary and original sea songs.
  • 12:45 – 2:00, The rollicking folk duo Spanaway Bay, also known as Carol and Kent Mesford, engage audiences with humorous songs and captivating sing-along choruses.
  • 2:15 – 3:30, The Phinney Ridge Rum Runners perform exciting maritime music with Trapper Graves-Lalor’s lively soprano voice and the blues-tinted vocals and hot guitar playing of Steve Lalor.
  • 3:45-5:00, Dan Roberts is a master shanty singer and balladeer with a musical presence that captivates as he sings maritime songs past and present.
  • *NOTE: Maritime music orchestrated by Maritime Folknet

FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
Seattle Flying Dragon Boat
Dragon Boat Exploration Day, Seattle Flying Dragons
11a.m. – 5p.m. Hourly Dragon Boat Rides & Paddling, Pebble Beach.  10 guests/boat ride with preregistration. PFDs provided.

Lake Union Charters and Adventures
Sail aboard 62ft Circe , a 1930 wooden sailboat, $25 preregistration.

LotusMother’s Day Tea aboard M/V Lotus, Hourly Seating* $Fee.  “Women of the Salish Sea at the Turn of the Century” Susan Parish Presentation at 2:00 p.m.*
*At Historic Ships Wharf. Preregistration encouraged, call 425.243.9641. Press Release.

Pond Boat Sailing in Lake Union Park: Rent a Pirate Pond Boat to sail on Lake Union Park’s Model Boat Pond. CWB’s fleet of Pond Boats will be available 11am – 2pm.  $5 Suggested Donation.

ACTIVITIES IN MOHAI
Documentary screening: Arthur Foss: Iconic Tugboat of the Northwest*
Take a 125 year voyage aboard Northwest Seaport’s tug Arthur Foss.
1-4 p.m. in MOHAI 2nd Floor Theater.

Maritime Seattle in MOHAIMaritime Seattle, Exhibit*
In partnership with Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, this exhibit celebrates our community’s long relationship with water and illustrates how our aquatic and industrial activities have ultimately shaped what we’ve become.
*Included with regular MOHAI admission ($14; $12 seniors/students/military; Free for children 14 and under).

Activities at The Center for Wooden Boats
LonglineView CWB’s newest exhibit HIGHLINERS: Boats of the Century. This exhibit presents the story of the historic power-schooners of Seattle’s longline fleet. Many of these unique vessels were built here, on the shores of Puget Sound.

The Activity Cart at CWB (available all day) features paper boats and halibut stick puppets.  3-5pm there will also be a station for Mother’s Day card-making and sailboat origami. Free!

DISPLAYS
Check out industry displays by the Port of Seattle, NOAA, Northwest Seaport, the US Coast Guard and others.

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company logoBEER GARDEN aboard ARTHUR FOSS
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company will be the featured and sponsored beer aboard Arthur Foss.  Celebrate the tug’s 125th birthday and support Northwest Seaport at the same time, for 100% of sales will help Northwest Seaport’s historic ships continue to provide a platform for education and career programs.

Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers logoFOOD
Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers
Hot Dog Stop
Celesto Espresso (Truck near park’s totem pole)

VIGOR Seattle MARITIME FESTIVAL
Presented by the Seattle Propeller Club with the Port of Seattle. It’s all a part of the Seattle Maritime 101.
Contact festival hotline (206) 787-3163 ; and,
Northwest Seaport with CONTACT FORM regarding Family Fun Day.
Read The Seattle Times article about 2014 event.

*There is no admission charge to the Festival grounds. All events subject to change.

Vigor Seattle MARTIME FESTIVAL logo webRegister for Festival Events

Survival Suit Races,
Julie Keim, Compass Courses
julie@compasscourses.com

Boat Building ChampionshipWorld Invitational Boat Building Competition
Susan Chesney, WorkBoat Magazine
schesney@divcom.com

Postcard photo by Don Wilson, Port of Seattle.

2014 Seattle Maritime Festival banner web

President’s Message April 2014

Andrew Bennett Northwest SeaportApril 25, 2014

Dear Northwest Seaport Supporters and Volunteers,

After serving on the Board of Directors for the past five years, I have been given the chance to lead Northwest Seaport for the next two. In this role, I stand on the shoulders of my predecessors and will continue the process of growing the organization that has been underway since I came aboard.

Northwest Seaport 50 Years

Thanks to Joe Shickich, president when I joined the board, we were able to preserve the memories, history, and construction details of the schooner WAWONA. Thanks to our maritime heritage partners, WAWONA artifacts continue to educate people about the importance of our shipping and fishing industries. In addition, the documentation procedures developed by Northwest Seaport have set the standard for other maritime museums around the world that cannot afford to keep all of their historic vessels afloat.

More recently, we have invested over $1M in grants and matching funds to preserve the hull and abate the lead and asbestos on Lightship 83. We have started installing her new deck and are embarking on a capital campaign to complete her restoration. This success has been due in large part to the commitment of Immediate Past President Shannon Fitzgerald. Shannon made sure we got the most from our money and took on the monumental task of completing all the grant paperwork when we lost our project manager.

125 Years Arthur Foss NWS

Over the last year, we have heard from many segments of the maritime industry that there is a need to encourage more young people to consider maritime careers, both at sea and on shore. To help meet this need, we will be integrating job skills training into our restoration and educational programs and promoting opportunities with our industry and heritage partners. Our vision is to be a centrally located, highly visible gateway to maritime careers and, with our partners, provide opportunities for basic training. Being moored just outside the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Lake Union Park, we are also in a great location to showcase the importance of the maritime industry to Seattle’s future, as well as its past.

To bring this vision to life, we will be working with shipyards, vessel operators, and labor to promote the industry to high schools, colleges, and the public at large; with social service agencies and vocational organizations to develop effective educational and training programs; and with the heritage and arts communities to preserve our fleet and bring it to life.

Vigor Seattle MARTIME FESTIVAL logo webI am excited to take the helm for the next leg of Northwest Seaport’s journey and look forward to working with our Board of Directors, staff, and the diverse communities of Seattle to create the place where industry, education, and heritage converge, raising all of our boats. I welcome your suggestions and ideas as we plot our course forward and I look forward to seeing you at our May events, including the Stories of the Sea contest on May 8th and the Maritime Festival on May 10th &11th.

Cheers,
Andy Bennett

President, Northwest Seaport
(View signed letter(pdf): Northwest Seaport Presidents Message April 25 2014)

Northwest Seaport LogoNew slate of officers for Northwest Seaport:

Colleen Browne, Treasurer, retired in 2009 from the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, where she was the Pro Parks Levy/Major Maintenance Manager. As a Capital Projects Manager at Seattle Parks, she was the lead on the Historic Ships Wharf, Lake Union Park, Luna Park, and the multi-million dollar Seattle Aquarium makeover project completed in 2007.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Secretary, is the Manager of the Coordinated Seabird Studies Group at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he has been a biologist and scientist for 23 years.

Jim Flies ,Vice President, is the Quality Systems Manager for Harley Marine Services, Inc.  Previously, he served as the Academic Dean and the Dean of Students at Seattle Preparatory School, where he taught for twenty years.

 

Scholarship from YMTA

A partner organization of Northwest Seaport, the Youth Maritime Training Association, has just released their 2010 Norm Manly YMTA Maritime Educational Scholarships.

This scholarship program is for students intending to pursue secondary maritime training and education at community colleges, technical and vocational programs, colleges, universities, maritime academies or other educational institutions. Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of one $5,000, one $3,000, and two $1,000 in the Spring of 2010. In addition, Pacific Maritime Magazine will award a $500 scholarship to one of the finalists planning to pursue a seagoing maritime career.

To be elligible, applicants must:

  • plan to pursue a post-secondary training or educational program leading to a maritime or marine related career
  • be enrolled as a senior in a high school or affiliated high school program, including GED program in the State of Washington
  • have a grade point average of at least 2.5 or an additional letter of recommendation from a second teacher

The application process consists of two parts, a student aplication and an education project to be turned in to the YMTA Scholarship Committee Chair, and there are three deadlines to take note of:

  • Friday, February 19, 2010 – Duedate for Application
  • Monday, April 1, 2010 – Deadline for Educational Project
  • Saturday April 17, 2010 – Oral presentation to a panel of judges

Application documents and additional information is available at the YMTA’s Scolarship Program page.