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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More Great History: Free Admission Tomorrow!

A Gather Here visitor alerted us to this opportunity.

If you’re in the Tacoma area on Thursday, you might consider stopping by the Tacoma Art Museum at 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. The museum is open and free to the public every third Thursday from 5-8 pm, and Tuesday -Sunday from 10-5 by admission. August’s third Thursday is tomorrow, August 20!

“The Tacoma Art Museum has a library upstairs that is open to the public. It contains numerous books and materials about the Pacific North West.” Thanks for sharing this info, Anka. We really appreciate it.

The museum also houses a Northwest Art collection, and has some great-looking resources for educators.

History in Your Neighborhood

When you’re out with family and friends, do you ever see signs like these?

 

Sometimes I drive my husband crazy on our walks, because I love to stop and read almost every sign we come across on a trail, whether we’re in the city or in a quiet neighborhood.

 

History is everywhere, and I’m so happy that communities share some of it with us by telling these stories along the trail. This one, for instance… Look at this guy. What happened to him?!?

I walk around the marina in Everett, Washington quite often, and when I saw these new signs, I just had to pause and read about the man missing so many fingers. It was so interesting that I read all the other signs too, and boy, did I learn a bunch!

I wanted to find out more. After I got home, I did a little research using the information on the sign to help my search, and here is what I discovered. This is part of The Port of Everett History Hunt, designed by the Everett Waterfront Historical Interpretive ProgramYou can download this cool activity and share it with others, too.

The Port has recently opened up miles of new trails to explore, and with this map to guide me, I’m sure I’ll be heading out soon to discover more history in my neighborhood!