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Swiftsure (Lightship 83): Preserving the past to benefit the future (Video)

Here’s a great video about the history of Swiftsure (Lightship 83) and its ongoing restoration that must have slipped by us when it came out last year. She’s currently located at the Historic Ships Wharf in Lake Union Park, Seattle. Swiftsure, along with Arthur Foss, are open to the public for viewing, educational programs, special events, tugboat overnight programs and vessel stewardship […]

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Mosquito Fleet Monday: The ELIZA ANDERSON and Capt. McAllep

“The ELIZA ANDERSON was typical of her age and line of work, being an inland steamboat, circa 1850. Mechanically she was typical, for she was powered by a massive, single-cylindered engine that transmitted power to a pair of side-wheels by way of a diamond-shaped iron walking-beam that nodded sedately in its gallows frame atop her […]

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Mosquito Fleet Monday: Misfortune in the fleet

“Throughout their history, the smaller steam vessels operating on the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest displayed a rare ability to engage in sometimes spectacular mishaps with little or no injury or loss of life to their patrons. The Northwest ‘mosquito fleet’ was the victim of a rash of such misfortunes in 1912, the Puget […]

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