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Museum Week Northwest Web Site Up And Running

April 24, 2014

Northwest Museums, Including CWB, Showcase Innovations

We’ve mentioned before that The Center for Wooden Boats is working with dozens of other Puget Sound Museums to create a new event called Museum Week Northwest in May.  The website to help everyone find all the museums involved, all the programs, all the special Buy On Get One Free offers is now live at


There’s also a Free Smartphone app available to guide you to all the great museums and great deals. The app is called STQRY, by a Seattle tech startup of the same name.  You’ll find a link to them on the Museum Week NW website, or at  You can download the app on your smartphone free on your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.  It’s a great app, and one we’re already experimenting with at CWB in our new exhibit; “HIGHLINERS: Boats of the Century.”

Here’s the News Release from the organizers with all the details.




Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Website and Free Mobile Phone App Will Help You Find All the Special Two-for-One Offers at “Museum Week Northwest”

Museum Week Northwest, May 16-23, highlighting museum innovation in Washington State.

Seattle, WA – Organizers of Museum Week Northwest, the upcoming celebration of innovation, excellence and diversity in Washington state museums, today launched a new website so the public can find dozens of special two-for-one offers and plan visits to many of their favorite museums. The website, , and a free mobile application called STQRY (download for free at ), are part of the welcome by local museums for the American Alliance of Museums which is bringing the world’s largest annual gathering of museum professionals to Seattle in May.

From May 16-23, while the AAM conference is going on at the Washington State Convention Center, a total of 56 museums and cultural organizations from Seattle and Tacoma, from Bellingham to Olympia, and from Bremerton to Snoqualmie will be offering visitors special discounts and programs.

“This new website is a clearinghouse where you can find all the museums participating, and find out about their admission deals, and other special offers,” said Tom Norwalk, President and CEO of Visit Seattle. “Northwest museums are often involved in cutting edge work, and this is a great chance for the public to get out and explore the excellence to be found in our many museums.”


Making it easier for the public to find all the museums in their midst is also why organizers have teamed up with Seattle software startup to use the company’s free smartphone application as a handheld guide to Museum Week Northwest.

Many of the organizations participating in Museum Week Northwest will use the STQRY (pronounced: ”story”) application to help visitors find out where and when events and offers are happening. The STQRY app is free and available on iPhones, Android, and Windows phones, and translates information into the language of the phone (more than 60 languages), helping make museums even more accessible.

“The STQRY mobile app is unique in that it allows you to search for and discover any one of our exceptional and diverse museums, and then you may continue to use the app once on-site to engage more personally with the individual exhibits and treasures,” said Chris Smith, founder and CEO of STQRY. “I’m so honored and excited to see STQRY being adopted by our incredible art and cultural community across the Puget Sound.”


This is the first time in 20 years that the American Alliance of Museums has been in Seattle for its Annual Meeting. The AAM Annual meeting May 18-21 brings together 5,000 museum professionals from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.


The following organizations are participating in Museum Week Northwest, May 16-23, 2014, with Buy-One-Get-One Free admission offers, or special public programs. Complete information, including terms and conditions, can be found at

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
The Center for Wooden Boats
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
Duwamish Longhouse
Edmonds Historical Museum
EMP Museum
Flying Heritage Collection
Foss Waterway Seaport
Frye Art Museum
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
Hands On Children’s Museum
Harbor History Museum
Henry Art Gallery
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
Jack Straw Cultural Center | Jack Straw New Media Gallery
Job Carr Cabin Museum
Kids Discovery Museum
Kitsap County Historical Society & Museum
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
LeMay – America’s Car Museum
Living Computer Museum
Milepost 31
Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
Museum of Communications
The Museum of Flight
Museum of Glass
Naval Undersea Museum
Nordic Heritage Museum
Northwest African American Museum
Northwest Railway Museum
Northwest Seaport
Olympic Sculpture Park
Pacific Science Center
The Pioneer Association of The State of Washington
Puget Sound Navy Museum
Queen Anne Historical Society
Renton History Museum
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Shoreline Historical Museum
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
Steamer Virginia V Foundation
Tacoma Art Museum
University of Washington Museology Graduate Program
USS Turner Joy Museum Ship
Washington State History Museum
Whatcom Museum
White River Valley Museum & Mary Olson Farm
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

About Museum Week Northwest:

Museums around Puget Sound have come together to create Museum Week Northwest May 16th to the 23rd, 2014. For eight days participating museums will celebrate the diversity, quality, and innovations of local collections with special admission offers and a range of events and presentations. Museum Week Northwest coincides with the annual conference in Seattle of the American Alliance of Museums. Attended by more than 5,000 attendees from 50+ countries, AAM’s annual meeting gathers museum professionals to learn about the latest innovations in museum design, operations, outreach, programs and collection management.

Find out more about public events at www.museumweeknw.comand more about the AAM Conference at



The Center for Wooden Boats Collection Grows by One

April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14th was sunny in Seattle with a gentle breeze out of the South.  In other words, perfect weather for The Center for Wooden Boats Fleet & Collection Manager Kyle Hunter to take off for the Eastside of Lake Washington and sail back to CWB on Lake Union with the newest member of the fleet, a Blanchard Junior Knockabout that is being donated to the museum.


“Sailing the Biglow family’s Blanchard Jr “Footloose” to CWB”

This boat, christened “Footloose” is being donated by Nancy and Lucius Biglow. They have owned the boat since shortly after the moved to Seattle in the 1950′s. Since they bought the 20-foot sailboat they’ve cared for her, taught their kids and extended families to love the water, to love to sail, and to love the skill that went into the building of a Seattle designed classic.  For all those years they’ve kept the boat at their Medina home, enjoying day sailing, dinner picnic cruises with friends, and even the occasional extended trip. They always sent Footloose across the lake to Jensen’s Boatshop near the University of Washington for loving care and maintenance.

But as they’ve gotten older, the Biglows decided that the boat should belong not just to them, but to the city where it was built.  After touring CWB’s Northlake Workshop and seeing how carefully CWB cares for the Blanchard boats already in it’s collection, the family make the call to donate the boat to CWB.  Nancy and Lucius know that their kids will still be able to sail their boat, and by having her on the docks at CWB many more people will get to enjoy the boat as they have for so many decades.

Prior to receiving Footloose CWB had a collection of 7 Blanchard Juniors.   The museum keeps one boats, the historical archive Blanchard Junior, permanently pulled out of the water and kept safe in storage. It serves as the “Artifact” reference boat that is preserved to show how just how these boats they were built and how they arrived from the Blanchard shop on Lake Union

The rest of the Blanchard Juniors are the backbone of the CWB sailboat rental fleet. The historic boats are restored and maintained so that people can still learn to sail, and rent, this historic example of a NW designed and built boat. Last year 5,500 got out on boats in the CWB rental fleet.


“With that many people using our historic wooden boats, some are always in the shop being refreshed….so keeping enough boats in the water is always a concern,” said CWB’s Hunter. “Adding the Biglow’s boat to the fleet will help insure that when people come down to the docks to learn to sail, or just to rent, that a boat will be here for them.”

This new Blanchard, along with the rest of the Knockabouts in CWB’s fleet, was built at the Blanchard Boat Company which for many decades operated on the Northeast shore of Lake Union just below the Eastlake neighborhood.


The Blanchard Boat Company founder, N.J. Blanchard, had been commercially building yachts for the wealthy since 1900. During the depression Blanchard realized that to keep his shop busy and crews working he needed to come up with smaller boats that the middle class could afford.

In 1932 N.J. designed a classic little 26’ cruising sloop with a small cabin and and a 20’ open sloop that was scaled down from the 26’ boat.  The 26’ cabin cruiser was called the Blanchard Senior Knockabout (BJK) and the 20’ version was the Blanchard Junior Knockabout (BJK).

About the Blanchard Jr. Knockabout

Type: Sailboat
Designed By N.J. BLanchard & Ben Seaborn
Built by:  Blanchard Boat Co.
Year: 1933-1947
Length Overall x Beam x Draft: 19’8″ x 6’2″ x 3′
Hull Type: Daysailer, Round bottom, raked transom, open cockpit, fin keel.
Rig Type: Fractional sloop
Construction Details:The hull of a Blanchard Junior Knockabout (BJK) is carvel planked western red cedar over steam bent white oak frames. The cast iron keel is approximately 500 lbs. The cost with the sails in the 1940’s was $1195.

When you look at the picture of the Blanchard Boat Company back in its heyday, and then look at the design Seattle’s  Olson Kundig Architects  have developed for the new Wagner Education Center to be built at CWB you can see the hint of Seattle’s past.  Lead Architect Tom Kundig has said the elements of the Blanchard building, along with other places where boats were built in the Northwest, were always in the back of their minds as they were designing the new building that CWB will build in Lake Union Park.  Construction of the new building at CWB is expected to begin later this year.


You can find out more about the Blanchard Junior Knockabout and many of the other boats in the collection on the CWB website at

And even with the addition of this beautiful boat to the CWB collection, the museum remains on the lookout for additional Blanchard Jr Knockabouts to add to the collection.

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A Boat Museum That Draws Painters….One In Particular

March 24, 2014

The Center for Wooden Boats draws boaters….as you would expect. But there’s something about the museum’s collection of historic boats lined up on the docks in the fading golden summer light or sailing in close formation during a lesson on Lake Union that has always drawn another crowd. The crowd that comes with easels, with oils and acrylics, pads of paper and charcoal. CWB is a magnet for artists.

“Artists have been coming down to CWB as long as it’s been in existence,” said Dick Wagner, the museum’s Founding Director. “They come to capture the sights of boats on the water, the light and the feeling that really says I’m in Seattle, and this is what it’s like here.”

Of all the artists inspired by the views at or near The Center for Wooden Boats there is one who comes back over and over: Bellevue’s Charles Fawcett.

Lake Union Lesson Sunday Sail

Fawcett’s love affair with boats goes back to his childhood. He was raised living on a Thames river sailing barge in his native England. He went to sea in the Merchant Marine at 16 and by 24 he had his unlimited Captain’s license. He rose to be a manager of a major shipping line, finally retiring in 2005. But since the mid-‘90s, Fawcett, among many things, has been painting – and images of the seas, boats, rocky shores that he might have once approached have been a constant theme in his work.

Another constant theme in his work is the boats and scenes around CWB. It’s hard to say how many of CWB’s boats Fawcett has painted, but the total is probably nearing two dozen, and growing. For Wagner, having so many of CWB’s boats captured in oils is an honor. “Charles’ paintings are bright and adventurous. He has a great vision of what’s happening on the boats and is able to capture the weather, the sense of movement and activity.”

Fawcett does many other kinds of paintings, but it is the quality in Fawcett’s maritime works that caught the editors’ eyes at 48oNorth, the Seattle area’s local sailing publication. Many of Fawcett’s paintings inspired by the boats around CWB have ended up as cover art on the magazine in the past decade. “We probably use three of Charles’ paintings as cover art every year,” said Karen Higginson Associate Editor of 48North. “His work captures the essence of sailing, particularly in the Northwest.” Famed Annapolis Yacht Racer, Olympian, Americas Cup winning tactician and ESPN Sailing Commentator Gary Jobson on receiving his copy of a recent 48North sent the editors a note saying how amazing Fawcett’s cover was.

So how does a retired captain and shipping line manager with a penchant for painting end up at CWB? As with most people, it has to do with people. More than a decade ago, Fawcett was racing Snipe sailboats at the Corinthian Yacht Club at Shilshole when he went up against Mindy Ross, CWB’s Sailing Education Manager. She suggested a fleet party at CWB and, once there, suggested Fawcett might like to instruct on some of the museum’s fleet of historic wooden boats.

“I felt that I would like to give something back and so started teaching and have loved it ever since,” said Fawcett. “Eleven years later, I’m maybe a bit slower but I feel the same enjoyment. CWB provides a sense of friendship and partnership.”

Fawcett doesn’t just volunteer at CWB on the water. He also lends a hand in the office, setting up bank deposits to make sure that the money from lessons or from cash donations gets into the correct piles and bundles.

Fawcett continues to be recognized for his paintings. Today some of them are on display at The Sixgill, the maritime pub and restaurant at 35th and Evanston in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood (in the building right across the street from the Rocket).

If you’re interested in seeing more of Charles’ work, you’ll find it online at But if you want to find Charles in the element he paints so often, sign up for a one-on-one lesson online at You’ll find Charles Fawcett among the instructors you can choose from. Unless he’s off again on his annual sailing charter somewhere warm, wet, and wonderful.

Tasty Pasta and an Exhibit Opening Mark The 3nd Annual Spaghetti Social at The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park

March 17, 2014

Pasta and fun on the Beach Saturday, April 19, 2013 – 3-7 the Cama Center, Cama Beach State Park

Come one, come all, come hungry to the 3rd annual Spaghetti Social at The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island. What better way to shake off the cobwebs, and the rain, from winter than with a big heaping serving of spaghetti by the beach with your friends and neighbors.

And if that’s not enough, how about coming to the opening of the award winning CWB Exhibit “FishOn!”  “FishOn!” explores the history of boathouses and fishing resorts of Puget Sound, including the Cama Beach Resort that has become Cama Beach State Park. FishON! was named the best new exhibit 2013 by the Association of King County Historical Organizations when it opened at CWB’s Seattle location. It is now part of the permanent collection at CWB’s Cama Beach location.


So mark Saturday, April 19th on your calendars. From 3pm to 7pm the crew at the CWB Cama Beach boatshop is putting down their tools for fixing boats, and instead fixing you a plate of spaghetti and a new museum exhibit.

 What:              3rd annual CWB at Cama Beach Spaghetti Social

Where:            Cama Center and The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park
1880 South, West Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA

When:             Saturday, April 19,  3-7pm

Cost:                $8 Adults, $6 Kids under 12. (Tickets at the door, includes food and non-alcoholic drinks. Beer and Wine for sale)


The Stanwood/Camano community is invited and so are YOU!  In addition to a spaghetti and all the trimmings, there will be games and coloring for kids, tours of the Boat House, a door prize and all day down on the Beach we’ll be building Toy Boats.  Bring the whole family.

Special thanks to the event sponsors, including Cama Beach & Camano Island State Parks, The Cama Beach Foundation and Cama Beach Café and the Friends of Camano Island Parks.

For more information contact CWB at Cama Beach Manager Shane Bishop, or call  (360) 387-9361.


CWB works with other Museums on a big new event called “Museum Week Northwest”

March 13, 2014


The Center for Wooden Boats is working with museums from around the region to welcome a big gathering of museum professionals from around the world to Seattle. This will be happening in May, and as part of it all the participants are gearing up for a new event we’re calling Museum Week Northwest.   We want to highlight all the cool collections and innovative research these museums are doing.   Details are in the news release below which was just put out by the planning team.

Look for more information next month when the Museum Week NW website goes live at with the list of all the offerings.  Also, if you have a smartphone,  you can get ahead of the game by downloading the free app STQRY from your phone store.  All the museums will be using that app to get the word out about what they are doing.

-         CWB Staff



Thursday, March 13, 2014

 Puget Sound Museums That Normally Compete for Visitors Are Cooperating to Create Inaugural “Museum Week Northwest” May 16th to 23rd

Museum Week Northwest, May 16-23, to include two-for-one admission, special events highlighting museum innovation in Washington State and new mobile app.

Seattle, WA – In conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums Conference taking place in Seattle in May, Puget Sound museums large and small are banding together to create a weeklong celebration in May called “Museum Week Northwest.”  Running May 16 -23, Museum Week Northwest highlights the amazing diversity, excellence, and innovation that can be found in museums from Bellingham and Port Townsend, through Seattle and Tacoma, to Olympia and in the many smaller communities in between.

“One reason the American Alliance of Museums chose Seattle for its 2014 annual meeting this May was so members could come see how Northwest museums are finding their innovation edge by harnessing the same kind of creativity and new thinking driving the local tech industry,” said Doug King, President and CEO of the Museum of Flight in Seattle and chair of the local host committee for the AAM Annual Meeting. “As we started putting together presentations cataloguing the innovative work being done in Northwest museums to share with AAM at its meetings, we realized this was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to people in our own community, and encourage them to explore and attend our museums.”

Innovations by Northwest museums that will be noted during the AAM Conference range from new research by The Center for Wooden Boats to help other museums use low-cost computers and a camera to track the shape of large artifacts over time to a new Pacific Science Center initiative connecting our community, and communities across the country, with cutting-edge local research.  The Henry Art Gallery has transformed their former gift shop into a living lab for performances, interactive workshops, micro-residencies, and other experiments designed to test new thinking in art education and engagement. The Tacoma Museum of Glass highlights a new program to help returning vets learn glass blowing as a way to focus and decompress from the stress of battle.  The Museum of Flight will highlight work it is doing with computer game companies to develop gradually more difficult flight simulation challenges as students get older, and new ways to bring those challenges to kids who are too far away to visit the museum in person.

“And these are just a few examples of great museum work being done here in the Northwest,” said King.


During Museum Week Northwest more than 50 of Western Washington’s museums will have special 2-for-1 admission or other special offers for guests. Many local museums presenting to their colleagues at the AAM conference will be repeating those presentations and discussions for the general public in special lectures and presentations at their institutions.


Producing partner Visit Seattle is creating the Museum Week Northwest website, which will launch in mid-April at   This is where the full list of events, offer and discounts will be posted.


With so many special offers, museum lectures, and presentations it would be easy to lose track of events. All the museums will be posting information on their web sites and the main event site, but in true Northwest fashion many are also turning to technology created by a Seattle software startup to make it easier for anyone with a smartphone to find out what’s going on at all the different museums.

Many of the organizations participating in Museum Week Northwest will use a free mobile phone application called STQRY (pronounced: ”story”) to assist attendees in finding out where and when events and offers are happening. STQRY will not only guide attendees to the museums participating in Museum Week Northwest, it will also relay information about special offers and exhibits.  The STQRY app is free and available on iPhones, Android, and Windows phones, and translates information into 60 languages, helping make museums even more accessible.

“I grew up in Seattle, going to many of these museums as a kid,” said Chris Smith, founder and CEO of STQRY. “Now to have them using my company’s software to tell their stories….it’s just an honor.”


This is the first time in 20 years that the American Alliance of Museums has been in Seattle for its annual meeting. The AAM Annual meeting May 18-21 is the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world, bringing together 5,000 museum professionals from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. It will run concurrently with Museum Week Northwest at the Washington State Convention and Visitors Center.

“We know that Washington’s museums are a driver for tourism from inside and outside the state and that nationally museums rank among the top family vacation destinations,” said Tom Norwalk, President & CEO of Visit Seattle.  “It’s clear that our museums are not just preserving our history, our stories, our sense of place and who we are, but they’re also creating jobs and bringing millions of visitor dollars into our local economies every year.”

The state of Washington has 425 museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, and other similar organizations and employees 3,620 people. “They are sustaining us as a community, helping educate our children, building the ties between those who were born here and those who choose to live here, and creating jobs at the same time,” said Norwalk.

About Museum Week Northwest:

Museums around Puget Sound have come together to create Museum Week Northwest the week of May 16th to the 23rd, 2014.  For eight days participating museums will celebrate the diversity, quality, and innovations of local collections with special admission offers and a range of events and presentations. Museum Week Northwest coincides with the annual conference in Seattle of the American Alliance of Museums. Attended by more than 5,000 attendees from 50+ countries, AAM’s annual meeting gathers museum professionals to learn about the latest innovations in museum design, operations, outreach, programs and collection management. Find out more about public events at and more about the AAM Conference at


100 Years of Longline Fishing in Historic Power Schooners Celebrated in New Exhibit at The Center for Wooden Boats

February 13, 2014

Discover the Story of the Families and Boats of Seattle’s Historic Halibut Fleet and Celebrate the 100-year Anniversary of the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association

Highliners CWB


A boat parade is not all that unusual in Seattle.  We do it for Opening Day in May. We do it for Christmas Ships in December.  But Thursday February 13th’s boat parade is a little different.  It’s not a line of pleasure boats.  This is a parade of some of Seattle’s oldest commercial wooden fishing boats moving down the ship canal to take up positions at the Historic Ships Wharf near The Center for Wooden Boats to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Fishing Vessel Owners Association, and to mark the opening of CWB’s new exhibit that details the history of the longline schooners and the local crews who continue to take these boats to the North Pacific to bring halibut and Black Cod to your table.

The exhibit “Highliners: Boats of the Century” was designed to make sure Seattle understand the importance of these wooden boats that are still in service after 100 years. The new exhibit also highlights the advances in technology and fisheries management that members of the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association helped implement on these boats during the organization’s long history. Based at the Port of Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal, the fleet’s efforts over the past century have helped ensure the North Pacific halibut fishery is safe, efficient and sustainably managed.

“The sustainable fishing techniques this fleet developed are a key reason that Pacific Fisheries have not been over fished, and why they continue to bring thousands of jobs to Seattle’s economy,” said Betsy Davis, Executive Director of The Center for Wooden Boats. “We want to tell this story to highlight the connection Seattle has always had to the water, but also to make sure the community knows how this fleet’s history has led to its present success and will lead to its future…sometimes aboard boats FVOA member’s grandfathers had built.”


“When we contacted CWB about helping with our anniversary we were surprised, and pleased, that they already knew about our boats and wanted to do a full blown exhibit about the fleet and our members, “said Bob Alverson, Manager of the Fishing Vessel Owner’s Association. “The Space Needle, high tech campuses, stadiums and Boeing plants are a constant reminder to the community of those industries, but when Seattle’s fishing fleet is out over the horizon folks tend to forget about us.”

“Our local commercial fishing industry anchored at Fishermen’s Terminal, pours about $5 billion dollars into our economy every year through its fish catch and the thousands of jobs it sustains both on land and at sea,” said Port of Seattle Commission Co-President Stephanie Bowman. “We want to congratulate the members of FVOA on their 100 years of service to the community, and as we celebrate our own centennial at Fishermen’s Terminal this year, we’re proud to work with The Center for Wooden Boats to ensure Seattle has the chance to learn more about this still vibrant industry that calls this region home.”

The new exhibit features a timeline of Seattle based commercial fishing in the NW and information about the development of the FVOA Schooners and the characteristics that make them uniquely suited to northwest waters. The exhibit has photos of the boats still fishing today and maps marking important shipyards. Video oral histories of select FVOA members are part of the exhibit, as is a reconnaissance survey of the FVOA fleet that includes histories of the boats, current and those long gone, with longer highlights about selected boats; including some boat plans from the collection of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. As part of the project, CWB is also working with the International Pacific Halibut Commission to digitize many of the photos they have stored on unstable nitrate negatives which are in danger of deteriorating. Some of those images are being used in the exhibit.

“Highliners: Boats of the Century” was conceived by former CWB Historic Projects Manager Andrew Washburn and designed by curator Abby Inpanbutr. Their last exhibit collaboration at CWB, “FishON!”, won an award as the best new historical museum exhibit in King County in 2013. “A lot of times when you’re putting together a history exhibit, the thing you are talking about is long gone,” said Inpanbutr. “But in this case it’s a living history, with families to talk to, and boats that in some cases have run aground, burned, been damaged. But in this story these men and women patch the holes, refloat the boats, and go fishing again.”

As part of the work, The University of Washington History Professor Bruce Hevly led a team of students who catalogued the innovations in technology, economics and vessel design that were happening in the Seattle-based fleet as the FVOA developed. “This project gave my students the unique chance to scour documents and periodicals from the last 100 years to do research about the fleet and then visit the boats themselves in Ballard to see if what they were learning in the library matched what the found on the actual boats they were reading about, said Hevly. “The project also allowed students an uncommon opportunity to see their research immediately turned into a public facing exhibit that they’ll be able to see in a museum before they all graduate.”

CWB thanks the many partners and sponsors who have worked together to fund and create this new exhibit, including: 4Culture, the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association, Whole Foods Markets, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Fishermen’s News, published by Philips Publishing Group, the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, The Port of Seattle and The University of Washington Department of History.

The representative boats from the fleet such as the f/v Seymore, f/v Vansee, f/v Kristiana, f/v Polaris and others will be at the Wharf in Lake Union Park for the opening of the exhibit February 15th, 2014…but can only stay for a few weeks. They may be historic boats built during World War 1 but they still have a job to do. Many will be heading out to the North Pacific where the halibut season opens on March 8th.

Bill to Create A “Maritime Washington: State Heritage Area” Praised in Olympia

January 29, 2014

Bills that would designate Washington’s saltwater shorelines a State Heritage Area to promote tourism were praised during their first hearings in separate House and Senate committee meetings in Olympia Tuesday.

The bills (HB 2386, SB 6246), which do not create any new regulations or require new state spending, are designed to make it easier for Washington’s various maritime museums, lighthouses, historic ships, tribes and historic districts to tell a unified story about how the waters of Puget Sound and the coast were integral to the development of Washington State.

The Bills also call on congress to take a similar action and recognize a Maritime Washington: National Heritage Area. Non-regulatory National Heritage Areas are promoted throughout the National Park System to drive tourism.  There are 49 National Heritage Areas, but none on the West Coasts, and none that focuses on Maritime history.  The importance of Washington’s maritime history as a nationally significant story has been acknowledged by the National Park Service, but the legislation that would allow that designation is stalled in congress.

Tuesday representatives from local governments, historic organizations such as Greys Harbor Seaport, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, tourism groups and the National Historic Trust praised the legislation and thanked lawmakers for supporting it.  Businesses such as Holland American Lines and Pope and Talbot Timber Company also went on the record in support of the legislation at the hearings.  A representative of Pope & Talbot testified at both hearings, telling lawmakers that his company has projects inside the area covered by the Historic Designation, but supports the legislation as the company understands the need to promote the state’s heritage and that these bills do not add new regulations or state spending.

Even the Washington Farm Bureau, whose parent organization has opposed Heritage Areas nationally over concern about regulations, made a point of telling the Senate committee that it was “strongly neutral” on this proposal.

“This designation will raise the profile of Washington’s maritime heritage, which is still being written every day on our waterfronts,” said Les Bolton, Executive Director of the Greys Harbor Historic Seaport in Aberdeen in his testimony. “It will help our young people know where we’ve come from and that great jobs are still available to them in the maritime industries.”

The next step for the parallel bills will be decisions by the House Environment Committee and the Senate Parks and Natural Resources Committees on whether to send the measures on so votes in the full House and Senate can be scheduled.

More information on the Bills can be found on the Washington Legislature’s website at:

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