Preserving the History of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle, Washington

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Calling All Boats

Here's the opening of an invitation to boat owners to participate in a boat parade to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of the Ship Canal and Chittenden Locks. From

Join The Parade!
The Centennial Boat Parade Committee seeks boats of all types for a reenactment Boat Parade on Sunday, July 9, 2017!
We are seeking vessels of all types to replicate the original parade of July 4, 1917, including private yachts, government vessels, Native American and working boats of all sizes.
Use the above link for more information on the boat parade and other activities concerning  the centennial.
These two boats were both part of the 1917 boat parade along the ship canal and into Lake Washington. They are expected to take part in this year's event. If you own a boat and would like to participate in the parade, then use the above link to find the application form. Otherwise come out to watch and keep your eyes peeled for some truly historic and unique vessels.
The GloryBe 

The Keewaydin originally the Honey Boy

1917 Participants from the Queen City Yacht Club

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Tale of Two Carls

The look of the  Chittenden Locks has been greatly influenced by two men. Carl English, who transformed the empty lawns of the grounds into the botanical garden you see today, and Carl Gould, who designed several of the buildings and structures you walk among when you visit the locks. Sara Peterson has researched and written a piece on both of these men and here is an online version. Clicking on these images should give you a larger higher resolution image. Otherwise you can download them to your computer and enlarge them there, or increase your screen display for easier reading.

Carl Gould 

Carl English

In addition, Sara wrote an article which was accepted and posted on and you can find it here.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Roosevelt Returns to the Locks

One hundred years ago, the Ship Canal and Government Locks were officially opened and dedicated, with a days celebration marked by a parade of hundreds of boats led by the  steamer Roosevelt. For any of you who missed the event of July 4 1917, there's a second chance to see the historic ship on display at the Locks. Well, a model of the ship, anyway. After it's successful voyage with Admiral Peary in his polar expedition, it was sold and used as a tug on many world wide trips. Eventually, however, it was badly damaged and was beached to be left to the elements along the Panama Canal. Local craftsman, Clayton Naset, has spent months constructing a marvelous replica of the ship and it is on display in the Administration Building at the Locks, where it will reside for some time. Just another reason to visit the Chittenden Locks.

President's Day Weekend will also feature many other displays and information on activities and resources commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of this historic local waterway and you can find more information here at the Making the Cut's website.

Many of these projects are produced by members of the Making the Cut group, and funding and support has been provided by 4Culture.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

President's Day at the Locks

As part of the years centennial activities comemorating the completion of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Chittenden Locks, there will be displays and performances open to the public free of charge from Saturday, Feb 18 through Monday, Feb. 20, between the hours of 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Check out the Administration Building for displays from, Friends of the Ballard Locks, Fremont Historical Society, and Rainier Historical Society

 In addition, Maritime Folknet is presenting a day of local musicians presenting original musical works on various aspects of this 100 year old project. This is a great chance to bring the family for an afternoon of entertainment and perhaps some local history mixed in for good measure. Starting time is noon on Sunday Feb. 19 and here's a link to their website for more info.

These activities are presented by Making The Cut, a group of organizations participating in Centennial events throughout the year. Here's a link to their website for more information and links.

Making The Cut

Much gratitude is due to 4Culture for grants enabling many of these activities and exhibitions.