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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

P-I: Boot Wawona; MHN Calendar: Duwamish Stories, Pirate Festival

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an unsigned editorial today agreeing with the city that the Wawona should leave South Lake Union Park, and failing that, should be cut up into pieces, saving some and destroying the rest. I'm told the editorial contains several innaccuracies and incomplete statements. Please tell us your views via the comment link below, e-mail to, or make your views known on the Sound Off feature on the P-I's editorial page. Several people have already done so. We need everyone's voice!

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Blogger Joe Follansbee said...

Dan at Seattlest published this long, very thoughtful article on the Wawona and maritime heritage question. (Ignore the stuff about me.) Thanks, Dan.

What do you think? Post here or on Dan's site.

10:00 AM

Blogger Joe Follansbee said...

I received this e-mail, and I've edited to preserve the sender's privacy, at their request.

It's sad but true that [Northwest] Seaport has dragged their feet for decades and the future shows no signs of improvement. A board's most urgent concern should be fundraising and elevating the status of what they espouse. They do neither and Wawona and the their [other] ships (including Arthur Foss) are the ones suffering.

What do you think? Please offer feedback.

11:05 AM

Blogger Joe Follansbee said...

I received permission to publish this comment anonymously. I received it via e-mail:

The negative tone [of the P-I editorial] is certainly annoying, and there are various inaccuracies or incomplete statements.

The amount needed to save Wawona at this point is relatively small -
$300,000 to $400,000 - and only a few relatively big donors could make the difference.

Please offer your response and views.

12:30 PM


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