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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Travel Story on Port Townsend; Musician: Maritime Heritage = "Soul"

The Seattle Times ran a nice profile of Port Townsend, which is in Jefferson County on the north end of Puget Sound. The community relies heavily on a downtown historic district and a number of maritime heritage attractions for its economic and cultural well-being. These include the Northwest Maritime Center, Fort Worden State Park, and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in nearby Port Hadlock. The schooner Adventuress is also based at Port Townsend.

SouthCoastToday.com, a website for a Massachusetts newspaper, quoted musician Jonathan Edwards, who loves the community of New Bedford. "Due to its maritime history, New Bedford has what I call soul," he says. "I really appreciate the closeness that New Bedford has with the seas and boating, the huge maritime tradition and the ongoing support of recreational boating." If Seattle could learn to love its maritime history more, perhaps it would have a bit more soul as well.

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