The MHN Blog is a companion to the Maritime Heritage Network, a not-for-profit, comprehensive website of maritime heritage organizations, attractions, and activities in the Pacific Northwest. The blog highlights news, activities, and resources useful to the entire maritime heritage community. All views expressed are the author's own. Opposing views are welcome.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

MHN Calendar: Holiday Events, Sea Music

Here's selected special events from the Maritime Heritage Network Calendar for Dec. 1-3, 2006.
  • 12/1/2006: Cruise, Christmas Ship Cruise, Steamer Virginia V Foundation, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Price: $50 members, $60 non-members, Steamer Virginia V, South Lake Union Park, Seattle, 206-624-9119,, View the lights of Christmas from the deck of an historic steamship. Reservations required.
  • 12/2/2006: Presentation, Captain Claus at Foss Waterway Seaport, Working Waterfront Maritime Museum, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Price: FREE, Working Waterfront Maritime Museum, 705 Dock St., Tacoma, 253-272-2750,, Captain Santa Claus visits Tacoma's waterfront for photos with young and old.
  • 12/2/2006: Benefit, Holiday Open House, Northwest Maritime Center, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Price: Donation, Northwest Maritime Center, 380 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, 360-385-3628,, Celebrate the 2006 holiday season, including an arrival of Santa by boat!
  • 12/2/2006: Concert, Sea Songs: A Free Holiday Concert, Town Hall Seattle, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Price: FREE, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 206-652-4255,, A family celebration in song and music of cultures living and working on and near the oceans.
MHN is always looking for more events for listing in its Calendar page. If you know of a maritime-related event in the Pacific Northwest, please send details to

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Holiday Shopping That Supports Maritime Heritage

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Want to support maritime history and preservation? Many groups have gift shops with items you'll never find in malls or downtown, and there are online shopping options as well. Maritime Heritage Network just opened the MHN Gift Shop, which brings together heritage gifts and the reliability and security of You'll find more than 350 items, including books, music, DVDs, and much more!

If you prefer to shop in person, try the Northwest Seaport gift shop at South Lake Union Park. Holiday hours are: Saturday December 2, Friday December 8, and Saturday December 9, noon to 4 p.m. Other Saturdays and Sundays if volunteers are available. Call 206-448-0707. Plenty of parking is available.

Sales at all gift shops support continued operations of maritime heritage groups.

(Image courtesy Working Waterfront Maritime Museum. Capt. Santa Claus visits the museum at 705 Dock Street in Tacoma on Saturday!)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Deadline Near for Wawona RFQ

The Museum of History & Industry in Seattle has published a request for qualifications for qualified consultants to provide a range of conceptual designs for the land-based interpretation of the historic 1897 schooner Wawona, one of the largest three-masted schooners ever built on the West Coast and one of only two remaining Pacific schooners out of a fleet of over 500 sailing ships that once engaged in coastwise and transoceanic shipping and in fisheries.

In 2007, the request says, Wawona will be moved from her long-term berth at South Lake Union Park, and MOHAI seeks concepts for her on-land interpretation at the park. Options include on-land display of the entire vessel, and on-land display of significant components of the vessel. The deadline to respond is Friday, December 8, 2006. For further information, contact MOHAI Executive Director Leonard Garfield via email at

Ilwaco Heritage Museum's New "Time" Exhibit

The Ilwaco Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, Wash. has just opened a new exhibit entitled "Time: the Fourth Dimension." This exhibit highlights significant events in the history of the Long Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington State and the lower Columbia River. The exhibit features the maritime history of the region, which includes commercial shipping and fishing, still important activities today. The exhibit runs until February 2007. The Ilwaco Heritage Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

MHN/Music: Lee Murdock / Christmas Goes to Sea

Looking for a unique nautical Christmas gift? Take a look at MHN/Music's featured CD, Lee Murdock's Christmas Goes To Sea. Murdock's contemporary folk music is grounded in the work song tradition, from the rugged days of lumberjacks and wooden sailing schooners. His fans have discovered a sweetwater treasure in his songs about the Great Lakes, finding drama and inspiration in the lives of sailors and fishermen, lighthouse keepers, ghosts, shipwrecks, outlaws and everyday heroes. Christmas Goes to Sea includes a compact disc of nautical holiday songs and a beautiful 6x6-inch gift book with 18 paintings, watercolors, and drawings. Click to buy at CD Baby. Here's a sample song from the album. A portion of the sale proceeds supports Maritime Heritage Network.

Want more maritime music gift ideas? We've got two ways to browse: MHN/Music, and the music department at the NEW MHN Gift Shop! Support maritime music and MHN, too!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

MHN Calendar: Shopping Day Out, Captain Claus in Tacoma

Here's selected special events from the Maritime Heritage Network Calendar for Nov. 24-29, 2006.
  • 11/24/2006: Kids, Parents Shopping Day Out, Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Price: $30/child members, $10 add. child; $40/non-members child, $15 add. Child, Central Waterfront, 2205 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, 206-374-4000,, Holiday mini-camp while parents go shopping
  • 11/25/2006: Presentation, Captain Claus at Foss Waterway Seaport, Working Waterfront Maritime Museum, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Price: FREE, Working Waterfront Maritime Museum, 705 Dock St., Tacoma, 253-272-2750,, Captain Santa Claus arrives at Tacoma's waterfront for photos with young and old.
  • 11/29/2006: Lecture, Ship to Golden Shore, Washington State Library, 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM, Price: FREE, Washington State Library, Room 221, 6880 Capital Blvd S., Tumwater, 360-704-5200,, Olympia author and archivist Randolph Stilson highlights the adventures of the schooner Damariscove.
MHN is always looking for more events for listing in its Calendar page. If you know of a maritime-related event in the Pacific Northwest, please send details to

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Threatened Sites: Montauk Lighthouse; Hong Kong Pier

Here's a couple of interesting news items that don't have a lot to do with maritime heritage in the Pacific Northwest, but so what?
If you know of any "under the radar" maritime heritage preservation efforts, leave a comment below.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Info Needed on "City of Seattle"

Vernon J. Lowe of Greenback, Tenn. contacted Maritime Heritage Network asking about a small freighter called "The City of Seattle." The collector of marine antiques recently acquired a 42-inch scale model of the vessel (pictured at left), which he says commuted between Seattle and Alaska in the early twentieth Century. The model's former owner was an Oregon woman in her eighties who was the daughter-in-law of the radio operator on the vessel. She says the model was built by a member of the crew and her father-in-law acquired it in the early 1920s when he joined the crew. Mr. Lowe would like to know more about the model and the vessel. I've suggested contacting the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. If you have any suggestions, you can contact him at Or post your comment below.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

MHN/Music: Dan Zanes / Sea Music

This week's featured maritime music CD is Sea Music, recorded by Dan Zanes and the Festival Five Folk. The album features fourteen traditional maritime songs performed by ex-Del Fuegos star Dan Zanes and his ragged but harmonically precise circle of friends. These are raw, spirited, acoustic versions of tunes from the long-gone days of sail. Click here to purchase the CD from CD Baby. Here's an audio sample. A portion of the proceeds supports Maritime Heritage Network. What a great Christmas gift!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Draft County Budget Includes MH Money

The budget committee of the King County Council has approved a 2007 budget which includes $150,000 for the next phase of the Maritime Heritage Initiative. The approval of the budget was reported in today's Seattle Times, and my sources tell me the budget includes the MHI money. The final budget is subject to approval by the full council on Monday and signature by King County Executive Ron Sims. Last year, Sims vetoed several earmarked budget items, and so maritime heritage advocates can't say for sure that the MHI money is a done deal until Sims signs the entire budget package. But a Sims spokesman says in the Times story that the council and the executive have agreed on "nearly all" of the budget's line items.

Last week, the Seattle City Council approved a $150,000 matching grant for the MHI, subject to participation by the county council, the Port of Seattle, and the state legislature. MHI advocates are now gearing up to talk with the port and state lawmakers, who go into their annual session in early January.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Historic Ships Wharf and the Mayor's Office

I was on the seventh floor of City Hall near the mayor's office today in downtown Seattle and I was pleasantly surprised at a brochure on the waiting room table. After picking up a mayoral proclamation declaring Saturday, November 18 "Dix Remembrance Day" (see Monday entry), I noticed a neat item called "What's Happening at the Historic Ships Wharf"(at South Lake Union Park) next to a few other items. Symbolism matters, and so it was cool to see a brochure on a key maritime heritage facility so visible next to the mayor's office. The brochure, put together by the Center for Wooden Boats, talked about several maritime heritage organizations and a number of vessels. This is a great example of "getting the word out," especially to the decision-makers.

Newspaper, Wire Stories on Dix Sinking, Ceremony

The Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the Associated Press each ran stories this week about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the steamer Dix:
For more details about Saturday's ceremony and how to participate, read my blog entry of last Monday.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

MHN Calendar: Dix Ceremony, North by West

Here's selected special events from the Maritime Heritage Network Calendar for Nov. 18-20, 2006.
  • 11/18/2006: Meeting, Dix Remembrance Day, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, Noon to 1:00 PM, Price: $10 donation, Elliott Bay, Board at Pier 55, 206-932-0971,, Brief cruise aboard an Argosy Cruise vessel to a ceremony honoring the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the steamer Dix
  • 11/18/2006: Concert, North by West, Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Ctr, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Price: $10 General; $8 students, seniors, and maritime heritage organization members, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle, 206-447-9800,, The best maritime music from Vancouver, BC
  • 11/18/2006: Concert, The Daily Flash with Pint & Dale, Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Ctr, 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Price: $10.00 cover, Highliner Pub, Fisherman's Terminal, Seattle, 206-248-9592,, Northwest rockers The Daily Flash perform with maritime music duo William Pint and Felicia Dale.
  • 11/19/2006: Concert, Navy Band Northwest, Naval Undersea Museum, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Price: FREE, Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport, Wash., 360-396-4148,, Ceremonial band performs
  • 11/19/2006: Lecture, Underwater Archaeology, Bainbridge Island Historical Society, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Price: Contact BIHS, Island Center Hall, Winslow, 206-842-2773,, Learn about underwater archeaology of the region from local archaeologist David Grant, including discussion of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the steamer Dix.
  • 11/20/2006: Lecture, Battleship Washington, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Price: Contact MOHAI, Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave E., McCurdy Park, 206-324-1126,, Lecture by Jack Carver on early battleship
MHN is always looking for more events for listing in its Calendar page. If you know of a maritime-related event in the Pacific Northwest, please send details to

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Seattle Museum Hosts New Maritime Exhibit

The Log House Museum in West Seattle will open a new exhibit on Saturday, November 18 titled "West by Water: A Maritime History of West Seattle." The exhibit introduces the strong relationship between the West Seattle community and Puget Sound. West Seattle is a major neighborhood of Seattle proper. The white settlers who founded the city landed at Alki Beach in West Seattle in 1851. The Log House Museum is located at 3003 61st Ave. SW. in Seattle. Hours are noon to 4:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Suggested donation is $3.00 adults, $1.00 for children.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Everett Fishing Industry Dying; Effort to Save Cutter Storis

Commercial fishing is a dying industry in Everett, Washington, and the Everett Herald newspaper recently ran a series of stories in October on the problem. Here's a list of the articles available online.
The series was written by Mike Benbow.

What is the health of commercial fishing in your town? Are people working to preserve the fishing heritage of your community? Comment below.

Also, heritage enthusiasts in Alaska are hoping to restore the USCG cutter Storis and turn it into Alaska's first state maritime museum, according to the Associated Press. The vessel is scheduled to be decommissioned in Feburary 2007, and supporters say creating a museum ship could cost about $750,000. Here's the Wikipedia entry on Storis.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Public Invited to Recall 1906 Maritime Disaster

Seattle and Bainbridge Island historical societies will mark the 100th anniversary of Puget Sound’s worst maritime disaster with wreath-laying ceremony in Elliott Bay. On November 18, 1906, 42 men, women and children commuting from Seattle to Port Blakely on Bainbridge Island drowned when the cargo vessel Jeannie collided with the steamer Dix 1.3 miles north of Alki Point. Thirty-five of the 77 passengers and crew survived. The bodies of the victims, trapped in the Dix’s cabin, were never recovered. The vessel still lies at the bottom in 600 feet of water.

“Every day, thousands of ferry commuters, blessed with one of the safest passenger fleets in the world, pass over the graves of these ordinary people without knowing it,” says John Kelly of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which operates the Log House Museum. “Our ceremony is a way of honoring their memories and the loss to their families and communities so long ago.”

The Log House Museum, the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, the Bainbridge Island Historical Society, and the Sea Scouts have organized the ceremony, which is scheduled for noon on Saturday, November 18, 2006. Everyone is invited to join representatives of the sponsoring organizations to board an Argosy Cruises vessel on Seattle’s central waterfront for the brief trip to the collision site. The Sea Scout’s vessel Yankee Clipper will be on station to mark the final resting place of the Dix and her lost passengers. The ceremony will include a wreath-laying. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has proclaimed the date as “Dix Remembrance Day.” Passengers on state ferries traveling near the site will hear a brief announcement of the anniversary throughout the day.

The Dix sinking was the second worst transportation disaster in Washington State history, exceeded only by the 1910 Wellington train disaster at Stevens Pass, which killed 96 passengers. The loss of the Dix sparked a federal investigation of passenger safety in the “mosquito fleet,” the numerous small vessels which preceded the modern ferry system. Local newspapers covered every aspect of the disaster, including profiles of the victims, an attempt to raise the Dix, and testimony in the investigation by the Dix’s captain, who never piloted a passenger vessel again. Here's the details on the event:
  • Event: Dix Remembrance Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony
  • Date/Time/Location: Nov. 18, 2006, noon, one mile north of Alki Point in Elliott Bay
  • Reservations: To reserve a place, call the Log House Museum, 206-938-5293. Argosy Cruises requests a discounted contribution of $10 per passenger to cover costs.
  • Boarding/Departure/Return: Boarding begins 11:00 a.m. at the Argosy Cruises facility, 1101 Alaskan Way (Pier 55), Seattle; departure 11:30 a.m.; return to Argosy Cruises 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

MHN/Music: Gordon Bok / In Concert

This week's featured album on MHN/Music is Gordon Bok's In Concert. This is Gordon's first live concert album, in which you'll discover the warmth and humor of a live Gordon Bok concert and the deep connection he shares with his audiences. Click this link for a sample. Order now from CD Baby for Christmas, and a portion of the sale proceeds will benefit Maritime Heritage Network. What a great gift!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

UK Blogger on Sea Music Pick; Cutters on KUOW Archive

UK blogger John Wilmott on his blog "Following Celtic Ways" discusses a sea music CD that's a compilation of work by top recording artists, including Sting, Nick Cave, Bono, and Lou Reed. This link will take you to the listing on MHN/Music. Here's a music sample from the album. The CD is available now at; if you buy via this link, a portion of the proceeds will support Maritime Heritage Network.

I also ran across this archive of The Cutters' appearance on KUOW-FM, Seattle's NPR station, in Feburary. Here's their MHN/Music listing, with buy and sample links to some of their music.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Bosun's Whistle Player Sought for December Show

Town Hall Seattle is seeking a bosun's whistle player for an event on Saturday, December 2. The event features sea music from many different cultures. You'll be performing before several hundred people. Pay is $100. For more information, contact Spider Kedelsky at 206-652-4255,

MHI Contribution, Wawona Proviso Approved

I've received two wonderful pieces of news about our maritime heritage, both involving the Seattle City Council. First, the council's Finance Committee approved the heritage community's request for a $150,000 contribution to the Maritime Heritage Initiative. I understand that the money is conditioned on a financial match of some kind, the details of which are unclear at this point. The focus will now shift to the King County Council, which is also considering a similar request for a $150,000 contribution.

The second piece of good news concerns Wawona. The council has approved budget language that prevents the Parks Department from using a $400,000 allocation to dismantle or demolish the vessel. Instead, the money is to be used for preservation, restoration, or relocation of the city landmark.

The full council must approve the final budget, but every heritage supporter should now say thanks to each councilmember, especially Richard McIver, chair of the Finance Committee, David Della, chair of the Parks Committee, who sponsored the MHI measure, and Peter Steinbrueck, who sponsored the Wawona proviso. These councilmembers have done a great service to the community!

MHN Calendar: Little, But Oh My!

Here's selected special events from the Maritime Heritage Network Calendar for Nov. 10-13, 2006.
  • 11/11/2006: Presentation, Little, But Oh My!, Jill Johnson, Storyteller, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Price: FREE, Renton Historical Museum, Renton, Washington, 425-255-2330,, Storyteller Jill Johnson tells about the life of Berte Olson, the first female ferry boat captain on Puget Sound.
MHN is always looking for more events for listing in its Calendar page. If you know of a maritime-related event in the Pacific Northwest, please send details to

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

MHI Contribution Makes It Into Draft Budget

Councilmember David Della wrote to me this afternoon with the good news that the $150,000 contribution by the city to the Maritime Heritage Initiative has been added to the draft 2007-2008 budget. Although the budget committee and the full council have yet to approve the measure, this is a huge step forward for the maritime heritage community. Della cited the strong advocacy for this budget item on the part of heritage supporters as a key factor in the budget decision.

And let's not forget Seattle voters. Councilmembers told a number of heritage supporters that if the transportation levy (Proposition 1) had failed, they would have a much harder time approving the addition to the budget. Of course, the levy passed by a wide margin in yesterday's election, 54% to 46%.

Della Withdraws Wawona Budget Proviso

I put a call in to Councilmember David Della's office this afternoon to understand his proviso better (see previous post) and his aide told me that Della has now withdrawn his proposal and supports Councilmember Steinbrueck's proviso (See previous post.) Della's aide said he now understands the need to get the ship out of the water as soon as possible. He also wants to see Wawona preserved and he will monitor the situation to ensure that the money is not used to "willfully" demolish the ship. Don't you just love the messiness of democracy?

Della Offers Competing Wawona Proviso

Staunch Northwest Seaport volunteer organizer Alice Winship reports that Seattle City Councilmember David Della is sponsoring a new budget proviso for Wawona, which would leave demolition open as an option, but would put the funds on hold until all parties agree on a plan. (See her comment to my previous post.) The proviso concerns a $400,000 allocation in the 2007-2008 city budget. According to the budget document, the money "may" be used for cutting up Wawona and using some of the pieces for a display.

"One drawback to this proviso is the time frame," Alice writes. "Preservation specialists at the Wawona Summit last December recommended that Wawona be taken out of the water and put under cover as soon as possible, in order to stabilize her condition." She also says the Parks Department wants Wawona moved soon, and presumably a plan of some kind would take months to write.

Alice doesn't say which proviso she prefers, but Wawona supporters have consistently said they oppose demolition of any kind. Alice also notes that Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck's proviso, discussed on Tuesday, would prevent use of the funds to demolish the Wawona, and would change the title of the budget item in the Parks 2007-2008 capital budget from "Wawona Disposition" to "Wawona Preservation."

Alice reminds everyone that there's still time to register your views. Contact info is at

MH $$ Decisions Pending; Musical Celebration of Sea Cultures

I've received no word yet on Seattle City Council decisions on the $150,000 Maritime Heritage Initiative contribution or the budget proviso on the $400,000 Wawona line item. I did receive a note from Councilmember David Della saying there was still time to contact councilmembers with your views. Tomorrow (Thursday) is the deadline. You'll find contact info at

Town Hall Seattle is hosting “Sea Songs,” a free celebration in song and music of cultures living and working on and near the oceans, scheduled for Saturday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. The program opens with Moe Bowstern’s “Life Cycle of the Salmon,” a puppet show based on the tradition of Indonesian shadow plays. Other items on the program:
  • The Samish Singers from the Samish Nation of Washington
  • Ruze Dalmatinke/Vela Luka Ensemble with songs and music from the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia
  • The Samoan Men Singers - Ben Leiataua, conductor
  • Dangerous Dave Densmore, an Alaskan fishing boat captain and fisher poet performing his epic saga of being lost at sea after his boat burns and sinks
  • A performance of traditional naval bosun’s whistles.
Admission is free.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Hearing Today on Wawona Budget Proviso Re Demolition

Wawona supporter and volunteer organizer Alice Winship has alerted her network to a hearing this morning on the future of the schooner Wawona. The budget hearing before the city council will examine a proviso proposed by Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck that, if approved, would prevent the city from using $400,000 budgeted for moving the ship from South Lake Union Park as funding for dismantling or demolishing her. Currently, the budget language says the Parks Department "may" use it for cutting the ship up for display, essentially allowing Parks to potentially use public money to destroy a city landmark and one of the few ships on the National Register of Historic Places.

A majority of the Council must vote to approve this budget proviso, otherwise the budget will stand as written. The meeting of the budget committee will be at City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 600 4th Avenue, at 9:30 a.m. today. There will be a public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. The public can also send e-mail or call council members to express their views. See the previous entry for a list of contacts or visit the council website.

Monday, November 06, 2006

MH $$ Still in Play; Decision Thursday?

A source in Councilmember McIver's office tells me late this afternoon that no decision has yet been made on the $150,000 contribution to the Maritime Heritage Initiative. But a decision could come as early as Thursday. That sounds like a deadline to me. See my Friday entry for more on why this is critical to the success of the Initiative. Where to send letters and comments:
Councilmember Richard J. McIver
Attn: Emilia Sanchez, Clerk
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025.
Fax: (206) 684-8587

Other Councilmembers:
More info:

Comments welcome!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

MHN/Music: Roger Chartier / Sailing Away

This week's MHN/Music album pick is Sailing Away, by Roger Chartier. A musician for 35 years, Roger Chartier grew up in the port of New Bedford, Massachusetts surrounded by the maritime /fishing industry. CD Baby describes the album as "boating/island/folkish music with a flair for very different styles from bottle-neck guitar style to easy reggae to swing to fun upbeat bopping tunes to one wild Spanish-language song and lots of the island sound." Buy the album from CD Baby. Listen to a sample. A portion of the sale proceeds benefits Maritime Heritage Network.

Friday, November 03, 2006

MH Money May Be Left Out of City Budget

I've received word that Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver, who chairs the budget committee, has decided not to include the city's contribution of $150,000 in the 2007-2008 city budget, despite weeks of impassioned pleas by maritime heritage supporters. He apparently believes the city should not contribute its share of seed money to create a heritage shipyard on Lake Union. The reason behind his decision is unclear.

If this decision is confirmed by the whole council, the consequences will be enormous and far-reaching. No shipyard means that our historic vessels will continue to deteriorate and will eventually have to leave the Historic Ships Wharf at South Lake Union Park. SLUP will be an anemic shell with empty slips, wasting the money and sweat investments of many years.

Furthermore, loss of this money will make further fundraising extremely difficult, because it sends a message to other funders that Seattle is not interested in saving its maritime heritage. For example, a failure by the city to participate means the loss of a $400,000 state matching grant dedicated to the shipyard project.

City councilmembers are expected to make final budget decisions within days. McIver's direct phone number is (206) 684-8800, e-mail You can also find contact info for all other city councilmembers at Time is of the essence.

Testimony for MH $$ Winds Down

About a half-dozen maritime heritage supporters, including myself, turned out last night at the King County Council budget hearing to speak in support of funding for the next phase of the Maritime Heritage Initiative. The hearing was the last in a series of four hearings on the county budget; the city of Seattle has held two of its own. Supporters asked each government to contribute $150,000 in seed money to get MHI off the ground. (The Port of Seattle and the state may also contribute, but the focus is on the city and county.)

Heritage supporters have turned out in force for the hearings. At Wednesday's county council hearing, Leon Leeds of Mercer Island drew a connection between preservation and urbanization of Lake Union, where most Seattle-area maritime heritage activities occur.

"The enhanced presence of marine heritage vessels and maritime-themed activities at both ends of Lake Union will certainly draw increased regional tourism, encourage local volunteer involvement with youth programs, and, most importantly, help maintain balance in the tilt toward runaway gentrification of the lake’s shoreline neighborhoods and revitalize that traditional marine flavor that has always characterized Lake Union," he said.

Both city and county officials are expected to make their decisions this month. The MHN Blog will have all the details. In the meantime, you can still make your views known. Here's links to web pages with contact info: Seattle City Council; King County Council.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Vietnam War Boats Filmed for Documentary; New MHN News Feeds

The Everett Herald published two stories about the Vietnam-era PBR (patrol boat river) vessels made in Bellingham. The first article tells the story on one PBR veteran. The second article profiles the boats themselves. The boats will be part of a Discovery Channel documentary series called "Battle Zone" which begins in January 2007. The episode with the PBRs will air in March 2007. It was filmed on the Snohomish River near Everett. For more on the boats, here's a listing for the Bellingham International Maritime Museum.

MHN has added an RSS and Atom feed to its home page. Look for the orange "RSS" and "Atom" images. The feeds let you know when there's a change to the "What's Happening Now?" module (the event that's next up in the Calendar) and the "MHN/Music: Featured Artist and Album" module, which changes once a week. You'll also find RSS, Atom and My Yahoo! feeds on the MHN Calendar pages. Subscribe now!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Final County Budget Hearings for MH $$

Just a reminder that the last two public hearings for the 2007 King County budget are tonight and Thursday. These will be the final opportunities to express your views on the proposed $150,000 county contribution to the Maritime Heritage Initiative. Here's the particulars from the Maritime Heritage Network Calendar:
  • 11/1/2006: Meeting, Budget Hearing (King County), King County Council, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Price: FREE, Kirkland City Hall, 123 - 3rd Ave., Kirkland, 206-296-0100, , Budget hearing to consider $150,000 request to King County for seed money to help Maritime Heritage Initiative
  • 11/2/2006: Meeting, Budget Hearing (King County), King County Council, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Price: FREE, Council Chambers, 516 - 3rd Ave., Seattle, 206-296-0100, , Budget hearing to consider $150,000 request to King County for seed money to help Maritime Heritage Initiative
Arrive early for good seats! There will also be a sign-up sheet, if you want to speak your mind.