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Published 26.12.2014 | Author : admin | Category : Sailing Skiff Plans

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. The Center for Wooden Boats, on the south end of the lake, is leading an underwater archaeology project to locate and document vessels and other historic artifacts.
Peter Lape, an associate professor at the Burke Museum and one of two archeologists involved in the project, said the lake provides a valuable opportunity to see tangible pieces of Seattle's history. Teams of highly trained and well-equipped volunteer divers have found a dozen shipwrecks ? some stacked on top of each other. The 85-foot Boyden was used to help square-rigged merchant ships transit the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. The Boyden later served as a lumber and coal tug before it was retired in 1935 on Lake Union, where it eventually sank.
Because native people once lived on the shores of Lake Union, Lape said, undiscovered native watercraft likely lie at the bottom of the lake.
The wrecks found in the lake have been identified by comparing divers' observations with archival documents, historical photos, Coast Guard records and news articles. Not surprisingly, the divers who are interested in this are not your casual, vacation-in-the-tropics types. A group of divers belonging to the Maritime Documentation Society, whose focus is finding and documenting maritime wrecks, has been diving Lake Union for years. A core group searches the lake several times a week, using their underwater scooters to move to and from wreck sites.
Video footage of the wrecks ? complete with creepy organ music ? can be seen on the website of DCS Films, a company founded by a trio of wreck-obsessed Seattle divers. Some days the divers will descend at a location where a target has been identified and find nothing.
The Duwamish people once had a winter village on Lake Union's shores, building longhouses and traversing the waters of the lake by canoe. By the late 1800s, the winter village was mostly abandoned and the lake had become a center of commercial activity. Houseboats became popular summer homes on Lake Union in the early 1900s, occupied by a new middle class created by the Klondike Gold Rush.
Over ensuing decades, boatbuilding waned and new types of developments sprung up around the lake.

The archaeology project began more than a year ago and started with studying sonar scans done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. John Goodfellow, co-manager of the project, said the goal is to better understand and highlight the lake's role in the city's development as a maritime center. The second interview is with Bill Weaver, crew member of the PT Boat 658 wooden torpedo patrol boat. Si Miller, original owner of Century ski boat (above), pulling with his ‘Vette when boat was new.
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For now, we ask renters to please stay within the bounds of the Fremont Bridge and the Montlake Cut, depicted on the map. 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. With little fanfare, using the latest in underwater technology, divers and amateur archaeologists have been scouring the 40-foot-deep lake, looking at more than 20 spots where sunken vessels may lie. Those include old sloops, a cannery tender, a powerboat that once was a liveaboard, a 1942 minesweeper named Gypsy Queen, a 1908 Navy barge named Foss 54 and an 1888 tugboat, the J.E. In one of its more memorable chapters, the tug was off Cape Flattery when its crew spotted a Makah tribal canoe towing a whale carcass.

The group recently joined forces with the Center for Wooden Boats on the archaeology project, sharing information about wrecks they've discovered.
Among the core group of divers is Chris Borgen, who said it's exciting to go on each dive with no idea what he might find.
Railway tracks were built around the lake to serve nearby sawmills and villages, and steamboats carried farmers, loggers and schoolchildren across the lake.
After the Ship Canal opened in 1917, the lake quickly became a hub for mills and boatbuilding. Dick and Colleen Wagner, who later founded the Center for Wooden Boats, were living in a houseboat on the lake in the 1960s. With the help of Ross Laboratories, a Seattle company that makes hydrographic survey equipment, the lake was scanned to identify archaeological targets.
In the meantime, the center has set up a website to provide information about the project and plans to develop videos and publications about the artifacts found.
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. The tribe members asked for help, and the Boyden towed the whale and canoe to Neah Bay, where a feast was held that evening, according to documents found in the Museum of History & Industry. For them, combing the murky depths in 45-degree water is worth it if there's a chance to explore a wreck. A spate of boat shops opened between 1919 and 1929, building pleasure yachts as well as tugs, trawlers and halibut schooners. Dick Wagner recalls a neighbor once telling him that he sank someone's tugboat on the lake out of spite. As technology started to advance, and street cars and public transportation grew, the need for boathouses disappeared, leaving them high and dry. Don’t forget to also check out Seattle Bloggers for more fun attractions in the Emerald City!

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