Selected Historical Online Resources:
More Photos from the UW Archives
PL Portals ("Port Ludlow Online")
History of PL Yacht Club
- Aerial Photos of Puget Sound Coast Line (1992)
- Air Pollution
Island Historical Society
"The period between 1850 and 1975 has been chosen as the chronological scope within which the collections will be maintained because that era saw the settlement of the
island which played an historic role in development of the region known as South Puget Sound..."
- Anderson Island: Oro Bay /Bremerton Yacht ClubPerspectives |
Ballard Historical Society
The "Ballard Locks"
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built in 1911 and often nicknamed
the Ballard Locks, provides a link for boats between the salt water
of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal,
which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Bellingham Yacht Club (History)
In 1931, BYC hosted the PIYA regatta. Boats from Vancouver,
Victoria, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Bremerton attended....
Blake Island: Washington.HistoryLink.org [Detailed historical account
of Blake Island and the Trimble family] | Blake Island Page
Bremerton Centennial 1901-2001
The Sun continues its monthly historical
retrospective of Bremerton, which officially
became a city Oct. 1, 1901. City residents
will celebrate the centennial Oct. 16 of this
year. The eight-part series, which was
launched March 18, studies the people, the
vital role of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
and growth issues such as transportation,
business and infrastructure.
1938 (March 18) - Bremerton Chamber of Commerce is incorporated. William Gates, Sr.,
grandfather of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, is Treasurer of the Chamber and signs incorporation papers.
Bremerton Historic Ships Association
"The Bremerton Historic Ships Association is a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates the
USS Turner Joy, an historic destroyer from the Vietnam War era."
- Bremerton Heritage
William Bremer, a foward-looking German immigrant, realized the
economic potential of founding a town so close to the naval station
and platted the town of Bremerton in 1891. It was later incorporated
Yacht Club History [founded in 1929]
- Classic Yacht
Association: Pacific Northwest Fleet
Puget Sound and the Passage to Alaska inside British Columbia's
Vancouver Island offer not only some of the best cruising grounds in
the world, but also a climate that is easy on the old wooden classics.
Classic Yachts of the Pacific Northwest
Community Histories of Coastal Counties in Washington
- Crowley Corporate
Daffodil (incl. Marine) Parade (History)
Erland's Point murders are committed on March 28, 1934
"On March 28, 1934, six people are massacred in a beach house on Erland’s Point, six miles northwest of Bremerton, in Kitsap County. Three days later, neighbors are
alerted to the murder scene by barking dogs..."
Yacht Club History
- FOSS Maritime
The 'Galloping Gertie' or 'The History of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge'
[Special UW Libraries Collection]
(Gig) Harbor History Museum (see below)
- Heavy Weather (Bremerton Yacht Club -- Navigation
Context / Log Race) (Slide
- Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor [4121 Harborview Drive]
The Harbor History Museum is a vibrant, hands-on interactive cultural and community center. Our goal is to educate and entertain our guests through a wide variety of exhibits and public programs.
Our mission is to create opportunities to experience the history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula. We do this by collecting, preserving and sharing this area's history. Our vision is to be the cornerstone providing a sense of identity for our community.
Hospital (Bremerton): Historical Timeline
- History Link:
Seattle, King County & Washington Sate History
Hood Canal Bridge History |
The Hood Canal Bridge first opened to the public on Aug. 12, 1961.
JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
JCHS Mission: To actively discover, collect, preserve, and promote the
heritage of Jefferson County in the State of Washington
Jensen Motor Boat -- History [Portage Bay, Seattle]
Jensen Motor Boat Company was founded by Tony Jensen whose first boat
building job in Seattle was at the Moran Ship Yard in 1906.
King County Historical Snapshots
King County Snapshots presents King County, Washington, through 12,000 historical images
carefully chosen from twelve organizations' collections. These cataloged 19th and 20th century images
portray people, places, and events in the county's urban, suburban, and rural communities.
- Kitsap County Historical
The philosophy of the KITSAP MUSEUM STORE is to complement, through the
sale of appropriate gift items, the mission statement of the KITSAP COUNTY
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM: to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit the
history, culture and heritage of Kitsap County.
(Tribal) History [http://www.visitkitsap.com/default.asp?ID=14]
Lake Washington Ship Canal [US Army Corps of Engineers]
"On July 4, 1854, pioneer Thomas Mercer gave Lake Union its name and suggested that one day, lakes Washington and Union
be united in a single body of water, connecting them with Puget Sound. For the next 63 years, Seattle struggled to make the
canal a reality. After studying many different canal routes and types of construction, work began in 1911. Two major sections
of excavation were the Fremont
and Montlake cuts. On July 4, 1917, the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Project was dedicated."
Lake Union: The evolution of a dream
by Walt Crowley, Seattle Times, 8 June 2003.
Back in 1854, Lake Union was the backwater of a backwater town. A natural
dam at Montlake sealed it off from the higher Lake Washington, while only
a tiny stream through Fremont drained it into Salmon Bay.
Light Houses in Washington [Nat. Park Service: Maritime Haritage
Program: Inventory of Historic Light Stations
- The Maritime Event Center (Seattle)
The Maritime Event Center is formerly the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, located at the Bell Street Pier (Pier 66) on Seattle's Central Waterfront.
Maritime Museums (of Washington)
The most asked question I receive is: “What is the best maritime museum?”
And my answer is always: “Every maritime, lighthouse, canal, or canal lock
museum is important as each has its own story — its own reason for having
The U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) returns to Bremerton for deactivation and
storage on April 12, 1992.
The historic "Mosquito Fleet"
consisted of thousands of steamships
steamed from port to port around Puget Sound between the 1850s and the
1930s. The fleet was once an integral part of Washington state’s
- National Historic Landmarks in Washington State [List, Nat Park Service]
Yard Puget Sound: Historic Name [National Park Service: National
Register of Historic Places, pdf]
Naval Shipyard Bremerton: National Historic Landmark [National Park
Olympia YC: History
College: A Brief History
- Olympic Peninsula: Early European Coastal Exploration [Nat Park Service]
Opening Day (of Boating) History at Seattle Yacht Club
- Oro Bay & Anderson Island (Outstation of Bremerton Yacht Club)
The history of West Sound place names [The Sun, December 1999]
- Port Gamble's History
- PORT HADLOCK (History)
- PORT LUDLOW
Historic Port Orchard
- Port Orchard Yacht
"Russ Sweany, a local real estate broker, couldn't see a yacht club
happening in Port Orchard anytime soon. He cruised his boat ... to
Bremerton Yacht Club
and asked if he and his wife could become members there. They wanted to
belong to a club that had some moorage and the Bremerton club seemed to
have everything a boater could want. They had just recently been
established as a yacht club ..."
"They were denied! They went back home licking their wounds when a short
time later they got word from the Bremerton club with the reason they were
rejected: The BYC members had already decided to help the Port Orchard
yachtsmen form their own club. That’s about how it happened in 1956..."
- History (PTGuide)
- Historic Homes (PTGuide)
- Port of Port Townsend (History)
"The idea of a Maritime Center for Port Townsend was born more than
fifteen years ago. In the late 1980s and early 1990s tourism growth in
the Historic District of Port Townsend, coupled with accelerated demand
for condominium and hotel development along the city's working
waterfront, displaced many existing water-related uses. In response to
the pressures of these market forces, a group of marine trade
businesses and non-profit organizations proposed a seaport project at
Point Hudson to preserve and enhance the area's identity as a working
Poulsbo Historical Society
(Its) mission is collecting, recording, preserving and exhibiting the history, heritage and culture of Poulsbo and the surrounding communities.
The Poulsbo Historical Society was originally incorporated under the name North Kitsap Historical Society on February 26, 1991.
The name changed in 1995.
EARLY AMERICAN EXPLORATION OF THE PUGET SOUND AND MT. RAINIER
[National Park Service: Field Division of Education: Mount Rainier: Its
Human History Associations]
The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
... is here to help you learn about the maritime heritage of
Pacific Northwest. Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in our Maritime History. The
Society's purpose is to collect, preserve and display maritime historical objects, relics and data with
particular emphasis on the Pacific Northwest.
PUGET SOUND NAVAL SHIPYARD
Queen City Yacht Club History
Rainier Yacht Club (History)
The year 1954 is also remembered by this young club as the year it swept the major races,
with RYC skippers winning the Bremerton Heavy Weather Race, Tyee Ladies Day Race, Over-all in the IPBA International Race, ...
- A Short
History [National Park Service]
"Although the region around Puget Sound has been inhabited for
of years, the first whites -12 adults and their 12 children- didn't
arrive until 1851. They settled briefly at Alki Point, in today's West
Seattle, before moving to a more hospitable area a few miles away on
the eastern coast of the Sound-now the Pioneer Square Historic District
adjacent to downtown Seattle. They named their village after a
friendly tyee, or chief, of two local Native American tribes."
Seattle Yacht Club (SYC) History
Ships: Historic Ships to visit in Puget Sound ports
Tacoma Yacht Club (History)
Tall Ships on Puget Sound
Ships on the Way to and from
Tacoma (Blake Island)
- Historical Seaport:
Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain
Where away the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain?
The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit,
501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that
owns and operates the tall ships Lady Washington, the Official Ship of
the State of Washington, and the Hawaiian Chieftain.
- Tall Ships in
Tacoma [www.tallshipstacoma.com] "Majestic Tall Ships from around
the world soon will be
sailing into Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway. Tacoma has set its course and
is preparing for one of the most memorable events in a city rich with
maritime history. For the first time in one hundred years, Commencement
Bay will be filled with tall sail masterpieces of the sea that honor
the heritage that helped build Tacoma."
- Parade of tall ships sail in today:
Events include tours, gunbattles -- a chance to experience a modern-day
blast from past
Thursday, August 15, 2002
Tall Ships on Puget Sound, Washington (Images of America Series)
by Chuck Fowler, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
Tall Ships Parade Thursday, August 15, 2002 [Photos]
Under clear skies and warm temperatures, hundreds of onlookers lined the
shores of Elliott Bay to watch the largest gathering of tall ships in
recent times in Seattle. Read about it.
Click on any thumbnail to view a full size version of the photograph.
- Other Tall Ships:
Vic-Maui Race Winners since 1968
1976: Race Passage, P. McCullough, Bremerton YC,
Swan 44, 10d:19h:37m:14s [ Vic-Maui
Website (2004) disconnected for ever?]
Wawona [In Seattle 1964-1999]
The three-masted, bald-headed (having no topmasts) Wawona is the largest sailing schooner built in North America. Constructed by Hans Bendixen at Fairhaven, California,
she began her career in 1897 as a lumber ship, making quick runs up and down the Pacific Coast...
In 1964, Seattle's Northwest Seaport purchased her in order to create a maritime museum for Puget Sound...
The Wawona was located on Lake Union, just north of downtown Seattle, and operated as a museum ship until she was dismantled in 2009.
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