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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

CWB Founder Honored; More on Mystic Ghost

Dick Wagner, the founding director of the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, was honored today with the Charles Payton Award for Heritage Advocacy at a ceremony in Seattle. The award was given by the Association of King County Historical Organizations, an association of more than 140 museums, historical societies, ethnic heritage groups, and individuals working to preserve and celebrate King County history. Wagner was honored for his consistent and effective work to preserve the maritime history of the Puget Sound region. (Dick and I are both on the AKCHO board.) Congratulations, Dick!

Kelly at Maritime Compass writes that "a paranormal researcher on board the Charles W. Morgan reported sensing 'the presence of a seaman named Gerald' and 'sickness, death and despair' among about 15 men as they rode out a large storm in their cramped sleeping quarters." Mystic Seaport, home of the Morgan, recently allowed ghost hunters to visit the ship after Seaport visitors claimed seeing a number of apparitions. Hey, whether you believe in ghosts or not, it's great publicity for maritime heritage. Time to plan for the Halloween program!

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