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Classic Workboat Show

Classic Workboat Show 2016Come down to the Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park to join in the fun of the 4th Annual Classic Workboat Show. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience to visit and tour classic and modern working boats including tugboats, fishing boats, training vessels, research vessels, and ex-military vessels! There will be live music, engine demonstrations, food trucks and more! All ages are welcome.

Classic Workboat Show 2014

Classic Workboat Show 2013“First Saturday in October”
October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Lake Union Park, Seattle

Come aboard and explore working, historic tugboats, fishboats and workboats. Enjoy an exciting family-oriented day with maritime and marine professionals, demonstrations, and fun, food and drink.

The Northwest Seaport Classic Workboat Show is an exciting gathering of local Northwest workboats joining the Seaport’s floating fleet at Lake Union Park.

Family enjoying Classic Workboat Show aboard Fireboat DUWAMISH. Photo Jeff Caven

Family enjoying Classic Workboat Show aboard Fireboat DUWAMISH. Photo Jeff Caven

Visitors will be able to board select vessels, meet crew members, and feel the vibrations of idling marine engines during startups. Workboats may feature rare restored Atlas-Imperial or Washington Iron Works diesel engines, including Northwest Seaport’s own 125 year-old tugboat Arthur Foss, a National Historic Landmark.

Workboats will wrapLake Union Park and create an authentic maritime and marine experience,. This show will has become a Seattle signature event each autumn. View 2013 photo gallery below.

Classic Workboat Show Tugboat Lineup Jeff Caven

Classic Workboat Show Tugboat Lineup of RELIABLE, HENRIETTA FOSS and patron. Jeff Caven









Generously sponsored by the following:


Western Towboat Company logo

Pacific Fishermen Shipyard


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Lake Union Drydock Company


PlatinumWestern Towboat Company,
Pacific Fishermen Shipyard,
Lake Union Drydock Company

Vulcan IncPort of SeattleVigor IndustrialWorkBoatGlobal Diving and SalvageFremont Tugboat CompanyGold:
Fremont Tugboat CompanyGlobal Diving

and Salvage,
Port of Seattle,
Vigor Industrial,
Vulcan Inc.

Silver: 48NorthAlaska Fisheries Science Center-NOAAThe Anchor Program, Buca di Beppo–Seattle,  Foss Maritime CompanyHavorn Marine Service, LAZERQUICK PrintingLighthouse RoastersMarine Yacht PhotographyMaritime Pacific Brewing CompanyMaxum Petroleum, Ocean Trawler Yachts, LLCProfessional MarinerWild Salmon Seafood Market

Wish to support this grand event?  Contact Northwest Seaport.

Presenting maritime and marine education programs:
Alaska Fisheries Science Center-NOAA, Havorn Marine Services, Retired Tugboat Association, The Anchor Program

(NOTE: 0900 Captain and Crew Meeting aboard tug Arthur Foss (galley coffee provided))

Classic Workboat Show

Northwest Seaport Ice Cream Social 2014

Lopez Island CreameryGet the Scoop!  Northwest Seaport invites its donors, sponsors, members, volunteers and festival exhibitors.

Experience ‘On Deck!’, the public re-decking project aboard the lightship Swiftsure…with extraordinary ice cream, sponsored by Lopez Island Creamery.  Dig In…and come to learn about and dig our work.

Scooping Lopez Island Creamery Ice Cream at NWS Ice Cream Social

LOPEZ ISLAND CREAMERY ice cream will once again be the featured dessert of choice at the 201r Northwest Seaport Ice Cream Social as part of the 38th Annual Wooden Boat Festival.  Alex and Ingrid are committed to: Maintaining the superb quality of the ice cream using all-natural and delicious ingredients Crafting and fine tuning recipes for Lopez Island Creamery’s core flavors and creating new specialty ice cream flavors like Anacortes Porter and Pelindaba Lavender Widening the market for Lopez Island Creamery throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond.

Sponsors: LOPEZ ISLAND CREAMERY 9080 S March Pt Road B4, Anacortes, Washington 98221

Event open to NWS donors, sponsors, members, volunteers and Wooden Boat Festival crew/exhibitors only, please.

Northwest Seaport wins Historic Vessel Preservation Award

Historic Seattle Vessel Preservation Award 2014 Swiftsure

Northwest Seaport was honored to received the 2014 Historic Vessel Preservation Award and wish to thank Lake Union Drydock Co. for their support.

The Historic Vessel Preservation Award (presented by Historic Seattle) goes to Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center and its supporting partner for blending maritime history, education and public outreach through the restoration of the heritage vessel and museum, Lightship No. 83.

Historic Vessel Preservation Award (PDF)
Lightship No. 83, “The Swiftsure”
South Lake Union Pier
Supporting Partners: Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center (owner);  Lake Union Drydock Co. (restoration support).
Award was presented May 13, 2014.

(text from program) Lightship No. 83 was one of four original lightships to serve along the Pacific Coast with primary assignments at Blunts Reef, San Francisco and Coast Guard District 13. The vessel relies on a two-boiler steam engine with an indicated horsepower of 325 for propulsion. Originally, the vessel had a centralized stack between two masts with a concentration of oil lamps in each head to serve as lanterns.

Historic Seattle Preservation Award Ceremony Program 2014Lightship No. 83 was constructed in 1904 by the New York Shipbuilding Company in Camden, NJ and delivered to Cape Mendocino, CA, to serve as the first floating lighthouse at the Blunts Reef lightship station, the ship’s namesake from 1905-1930. The primary function of the vessel was to occupy a station a few miles from a point of access to a port center and serve as a floating beacon to incoming and outgoing ships. In 1930 Lightship No. 83 was transferred to and renamed “San Francisco.” It occupied a lightship station beyond the Golden Gate Bridge until 1942 when it was withdrawn and reclassified as a WWII examination vessel after the installation of a coastal defense gun. Following WWII, Lightship No. 83 returned to the San Francisco lightship station. From 1951-1960 Lightship No. 83 was stationed in Coast Guard District 13 and renamed “Relief.” The ship served Umatilla Reef, Swiftsure Banks and Columbia River lightship stations.

Lightship No. 83 was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1961. In 1968, it was purchased by Northwest Seaport (then known as Save Our Ships). It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989 and in 1996, the vessel was given the name of the most proximate lightship station, “Swiftsure.”

After three months of extensive restoration in drydock, the Swiftsure was re-launched in August of 2013 in South Lake Union, where it currently serves as a floating museum showcasing the oldest surviving lightship on the West Coast. Restoration efforts included replacing the wooden deck; restoring the electrical system; rigging; removal of hazardous materials; and removal of the deteriorated wheelhouse, radio house and wood weather deck.

The hull was cleaned, reinforced, and painted with the distinctive Coast Guard Red color. The restoration provided a unique opportunity for distinguished shipwrights, Nautical Archaeologists and volunteers to work hand-in-hand to maintain the ship in a manner that preserves its historic functionality while ensuring its preservation for future generations. Volunteers are afforded the opportunity to learn and continue the practice of the maritime trade that is so pertinent to coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest. The restoration of the Swiftsure is a valuable model for linking the past, present and future in a manner that is both active and educational.

NOTE:  Northwest Seaport was honored to received the 2014 Historic Vessel Preservation Award and wish to thank Lake Union Drydock Co. for their support.  For a full list of awards, visit Historic Seattle.

Historic Seattle Preservation Award Recognizes Seaport

Historic Seattle 40th LogoNorthwest Seaport is honored to receive the first Historic Vessel Preservation award from Historic Seattle: Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure.”  Thank you Historic Seaport!  Please join us for this celebration!

Read Award Press Release Here (PDF)

On May 13 we host our 6th Annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony at the landmark Good Shepherd Center to acknowledge recent successes in the field locally. Join with old and new friends and colleagues who share a passion for preservation. Enjoy a social hour of tasty hors d’oeuvres, dessert and beverages by Christine Lea of Christine & Co. Catering before the ceremony. John Carrington, principal harpist with Pacific Northwest Ballet, performs on a marvelous Art Deco harp and Dawn Clement returns for her third year at the grand piano in The Chapel Space.

Historic Seattle Logo2014 Historic Seattle Preservation Award recipients are:

  • Historic Vessel Preservation: Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure”
  • Beth Chave Historic Preservation Award for Best Restoration: King Street Station
  • Sustainable Preservation: Supply Laundry Building
  • Exemplary Stewardship:St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Preserving Neighborhood Character: Ada’s Technical Books
  • Communications and Technology: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
  • Community Advocacy: Friends of the Market
  • Community Investment: John Bennett

Sponsored by KeyBank

Registration with Historic Seattle (Not Northwest Seaport): $75 members; $85 general public; $25 students. Includes appetizers, one glass wine or beer, dessert, coffee / tea.  $25 is a tax-deductible contribution to Historic Seattle Preservation Foundation.  Formal program at 6:45 pm.

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

Notice to Consultants

Lightship No. 83 SwiftsureRFQ for Lightship No. 83 Project Management

Northwest Seaport is soliciting individuals or firms with experience in project management on marine repair projects to submit their qualifications in support of Phase 2 construction on the Lightship No. 83 Rehabilitation Project. Submittal deadline is October 26, 2012.

The full RFQ may be downloaded here or obtained at info@nwseaport.org

RFP Posted for Rehabilitation of the Lightship No. 83

Northwest Seaport is now requesting proposals for Phase II of the the Lightship No. 83 Rehabilitation Project, an exciting effort funded by federal, state, and local grants and designed to re-open the vessel to the public for events and programs. Phase II will replace the original wooden deck and repaint the iconic hull.  More information, available here. RFP as .pdf

Addenda to Lightship RFP

Attention marine contractors and bidders: we’ve just released the first addenda for the Lightship No. 83 Rehabilitation Project, clarifying some elements. You can download Addendum 1 here, or visit our project page for an updated copy of the RFP.  Download Full RFP

Read the complete RFP announcement here, and check back soon for more updates on this exciting project!