Betsy spent her formidable years on Mercer Island and enjoyed getting out on canoes and row boats on Lake Washington.
In January of 2002 while attending the Marine Carpentry Program, fire struck the Seattle Yacht Club where Glory Be was moored and she burned and sank. Over the next 2 years, she was lovingly and painstakingly restored to her former glory, and looks as beautiful today as she did when she was launched in 1914 from the Taylor-Grandy yard on Vashon Island, WA. Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Betsy and her love of wooden boats and the wooden boat community! WANT TO HELP? PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats. I would REALLY appreciate you sending me wooden boats pics, stories, or projects you are working on. Click HERE to subscribe to my email news list for the latest and greatest fun stuff and click on one of the buttons below to subscribe to my show. An informational sign is awesome, but the Center for Wooden Boats is about much more than that. On top of the vessels at the Center for Wooden Boats, there are also much larger ships on display next door at the Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Museum (it’s practically connected to the Center for Wooden Boats). We suggest taking the time to check out the Center for Wooden Boats and the Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Museum.


An interesting Seattle attraction is the Center for Wooden Boats located at Seattle's Lake Union Park. The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park is set in a spectacular, 433-acre waterfront location against a forested backdrop. The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach is located at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, just 12 miles South West of Stanwood, or 60 miles North of Seattle. After working in the hi-tech industry, becoming a board member at CWB, and purchasing Glory Be in 1997, Betsy took some time to reflect on the next step in her life journey.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were boathouses (also known as liveries) all over Seattle.
Located in Lake Union Park (1010 Valley Street), the museum (which is free to the public — although a donation is suggested) is home to more than 170 wooden vessels, which represent a wide variety of hull designs, sailing rigs, construction techniques and more.
You can see the historic Fireboat Duwamish (built in 1909), the beautiful steamship Victoria V (built in 1921), the fishing troller Twilight (built in 1933) and many more vintage vessels. Even if you don’t know a lick about boats, the museum is a nice place to spend a sunny day in Seattle.
Some programs, such as boat rentals, have associated fees, and others have suggested donations.
People could rent boats and take them around area lakes for transportation or entertainment.


Every boat on display at the Center for Wooden Boats has a sign loaded with information, so you can learn all about the historic vessels. Tove and I even had a chance to tour the tugboat Arthur Foss, which is one of the oldest wooden-hulled tugboats in the United States (built in 1889).
We didn’t rent a boat when we were there (we will soon though), but many other people were throwing on life vests and getting ready for an awesome day on the lake. As technology started to advance, and street cars and public transportation grew, the need for boathouses disappeared, leaving them high and dry. The State Park also operates a shuttle that will transport you from the upper parking area down to your beach front cabin. Don’t forget to also check out Seattle Bloggers for more fun attractions in the Emerald City!



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