Everett WA

History Mystery Update!

In our History Mystery postI shared photos and thoughts about a boat I saw in our local boatyard, then posed questions about where our readers might look for answers about the boat's history online, as an exercise in research.


My own next step was to head to the local marina office which manages the yard where the boat was stored to look for answers. Before I got a chance, an article appeared in the Port of Everett’s marina newsletter, and our mystery was solved.


The Pt. Defiance is a 60 foot wooden-hulled purse seiner, built 100 years ago. It sank here at the Port of Everett in October, 2014. Following the story further, I found connection to our very first blog post, History in Your Neighborhood, highlighting the Everett waterfront's history.


Visit the Historic Everett waterfront site for more information about the vibrant lumber, commercial fishing, and boatbuilding history of Everett, Washington, including the history of the Pt. Defiance and her captains, Vince and Butch Barcott.


You can also find an overview and timeline of each of these industries on the site.
Check it out!

A History Mystery

Last week I was doing some business at the boat yard in Everett, Washington. While I was there, I saw this great old boat and I became curious about it.

I took enough pictures to identify it, I thought, but when I got home and started looking for more information, I couldn’t find anything!

There is one thing I discovered that makes my search difficult. What do you think that was? Do you recognize something familiar about this name? It’s quite common in another part of our State.

Where else do you think I need to look besides doing a plain old Internet search? Here are some thoughts I had, besides just asking the boatyard if they have any information about it. 

Here is a listing of museums I might ask to help me in my search. It might help you to know that I chose to search for “maritime museums” because the meaning of maritime is “of or relating to the sea.” Did you know Washington State had so many maritime museums? We’ll explore those further sometime.

I could also look around on the webpage at the Center for Wooden Boats, or the Northwest Maritime Center. They both specialize in wooden boats.

I'll get back to you if I find out anything more about this interesting-looking boat! 

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