Adventures on Lake Union

The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle is a really cool little spot. They have some classics there:

Virgina V is a steam ship that was built in 1922 and she is the last surviving boat from the “Mosquito Fleet.” She is still powered by her original steam engine, which was built by Heffernan Machine Works in downtown Seattle. The engine is rated at 400 horsepower and can move her along at 10 knots when turning at 150 rpm.
The 129′ Swiftsure aka Lightship #83 aka Relief was launched in New Jersey in 1904. She is one of the oldest lightships in the country and is the only one to have her original steam engines.
Sorry I didn’t get the whole story on this one…she was a fireboat. obviously, but beyond that, I got nothin’.
I think Greg had fun here. We’ll probably have to go back…

No Responses to “Adventures on Lake Union”

  1. will
    May 1, 2007 at 4:19 am #

    i’m getting out there to see the center one of these years.

  2. bowiechick
    April 30, 2007 at 9:32 am #

    Well, how funny is that? While you were checking out #83, we were digging around and exploring it’s Cape Horn companion #76. It just sits up the river from us, we can easily see it up the river.We checked it out last week as it is up for sale – for pretty much its scrap value. OOOh..yes, a story to this too. I have tons of photos…will post soon.

  3. rob
    April 30, 2007 at 4:25 am #

    Some lovely boats Wow!

  4. Anonymous
    April 29, 2007 at 8:40 pm #

    Yes, I did.g