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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dialog Needed on Wawona Question: What Should We Do?

It's been almost a week since I published Tim Ceis' letter threatening to "demolish and dispose" of Wawona, and I've received a few comments, both on the blog and privately by e-mail. Some have expressed sadness about the recent events, while recognizing what they view as a preservation failure and a need to move on. Others have attacked the city as insensitive and destructive. In short, people have agreed with me and disagreed with me. Bravo to you all!

This is extremely healthy, and we need more of it. The purpose of the MHN Blog is to provide a forum for dialog, as well as news and information. If you have strong, or even weak, feelings about what is happening with Wawona or maritime history preservation, please use the comments link below. Anonymous comments are discouraged, but I may publish ones that are thoughtful or provide good information. I've done so in the past. Comments using a real name or a handle are almost always published, provided there's no name-calling or other juvenile rhetoric.

If you feel uncomfortable with using the comments feature, e-mail me directly at or Let me know if it's ok to use your comments, name, and so on, or not, on the blog. I vow on a first edition of Bowditch's American Practical Navigator to protect your anonymity and privacy.

Now is a great time to comment, because important meetings are coming up in the next few days to discuss Wawona's fate and you have a chance to influence the outcome. The important thing is that we need your views. So post!


Blogger Joe Follansbee said...

The P-I Virtual Editorial Board posted this entry today:

Thanks to an anonymous contributer who pointed this out to me. I welcome further thoughts.

7:37 PM

Blogger Joe Follansbee said...

City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck wrote this e-mail to me:

Joe, please tell folks to deluge the P-I blog and letters to the editor on tomorrow's misguided and ill-informed "tough love" editorial basically supporting the the mayor's ultimatum.

Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck
Chair, Urban Development and Planning Committee

Thanks, Peter. Here's the P-I page with a letters e-mail address and snail mail address.

8:51 PM

Blogger Joe Follansbee said...

This is an e-mail from a contributer who wishes to protect his privacy.

I hear the City on this one, Joe. It's been, what, a year and a half or more since I did the feature on the ship. Then we found out it was in a lot more dire shape than anyone thought. And in that time, not much seems to have happened.

I think it's got a lot of history behind it, no doubt. But it's got to find a new home due to the location and redevelopment going on. Millions of taxpayer money is helping to fund the renovation of South Lake Union Park. And there's no stopping that juggernaut. I don't think there's much public will to even try.

It needs money and some angel investors for a move, a new home and renovation. It also needs a cohesive voice from the NW Seaport folks, something that has been lacking for awhile as well.

There you go. Comments?


8:56 PM

Blogger Kelly said...


I agree with your call for dialog, especially within and amoung the great er maritime heritiage community. While the case of the Wawona is specific, this could happen anywhere to any of our treasured vessels and we all need to work together for a solution.

1:39 PM

Blogger Joe Follansbee said...

Thanks much, Kelly. Wawona's fate could await many more vessels, if we don't raise our voices and ask for what we need.


1:51 PM


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