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The bottom of Lake Union is a virtual underwater museum of Seattle’s maritime heritage.  Divers and marine archeologists have been exploring the wrecks of boats and ships ranging from a 19th Century tug boat to a World War Two submarine chaser.



In this Exhibit

Exploring Lake Union Shipwrecks with Dan Warter (9:28)


VIDEO SOUNDTRACK MUSIC: By Kevin MacLeod, Vaun Raymond & Marc Hoffman


Diver on Bow of Lake Union Wreck, ph. Chris Borgen

J. E. Boyden, Museum of History & Industry, SHS 8330

USS Lapeer, aka PC-1138, US Navy

Forest Friend & Sister ship, c. 1923, Seattle Now & Then

Grocery Ark

Monongahela leaving Lake Union, 1931, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society 5902

Boat Landing, Leschi Park, Oregon Historical Society

Crew on Lake Union, 1931,  Seattle Now & Then

Kahlenberg, Museum of History & Industry

Kahlenberg Crew with Ivar Haglund, Seattle Times

Tug & Coal Barge on Lake Union

Delivery Wagons of the Seattle Coal & Fuel Company, 1909, University of  Washington Special Collections, SEA1789

Tug Boat & Logs Floating, ph. Clarke Kinsey, University of Washington Special Collections, 516.3864z

J. E. Boyden towing tall ships, Museum of History & Industry 1955.970.591

Kilbranan Ashore

J. E. Boyden towing Indian Canoe, Museum of History & Industry, 1955.970.470

Makahs Butchering Whale, ca. 1930, ph Asahel Curtis, University of  Washington Special Collections CUR767

Makah Whaling Canoe Landing on the Shore, 1910, ph. Asahel Curtis, University of Washington Special Collections CUR2064

J. E. Boyden, Museum of History & Industry, SHS 7160

YMS 105 (Gypsy Queen) at Boothbay Harbor, 1942, courtesy of Dick Wagner

Gypsy Queen Readied for her Last Voyage, Seattle Times, Sept. 2, 1968

This exhibit is partly funded by 4Culture Arts, Heritage & Preservation through the King County Lodging Tax


To learn even more about this subject, visit:

DCS Films: Lake Union Relics

Center for Wooden Boats: Lake Union Archaeology


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©2012 Vaun S. Raymond vaun@u.washington.edu