Classic workboats in Seattle

This Saturday the Classic Workboat Show will be held at Lake Union Park in Seattle. This event is free and open to the public. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I look forward to seeing my fellow Puget Sound mariners aboard the antique (and a few modern) vessels that will be open for touring. Come on over and check out the big old steam and diesel engines, the airhorns, and maritime activities in the park. There is a cafe serving coffee, lunch, snacks and beer on site and the newly relocated Museum of History and Industry is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and entry is $14 (free for kids under 15). For even more maritime history, the museum has an entire section dedicated to the industry in the upper part of the museu

Photo by Kim Carver 

I attended the first Classic Workboat Show in 2007 and enjoyed hanging out with friends, competing in the mooring line toss, and listening to live acoustic music on the dock. I’m hoping this will become an annual event.

Here’s to Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, Lake Union Drydock and Western Towboat Company for being platinum sponsors for this event. Gold sponsors include WorkBoat and Vigor Industrial.

(If you are driving to the show, park along the west side of Lake Union and follow the footpath to the park. There is usually only pay parking available next to the park.)

About the author

Kim Carver

A third generation Seattleite, Kim watched her city go from a lumber and fishing town to a technology mecca. Her passions include documenting maritime culture and helping promote community among all mariners. Kim has 15 years of experience on workboats and tour boats and currently works as a captain for a Gulf Coast shrimping schooner that tours around Seattle and an inter-island transport/research vessel in the San Juan Islands.

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