United States Historic Ships Wharf

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Joseph Becker

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The Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park is the permanent home to four vintage ships and the occasional home to others. Two of the ships are owned by the Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center, these are the tugboat Arthur Foss and the lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure. ” Both are National Historic Landmarks.

Built in 1889, the wooden Arthur Foss long worked the shores of the west coast from Alaska to Hawaii and starred in the classic 1934 film Tugboat Annie. Lightship No. 83 was built in 1904 and worked on both the east and west coasts.

The other two ships permanently docked at the wharf are the 1922 steamship Virginia V and the 1910 fireboat Duwamish. The Duwamish worked the Seattle waterfront for 75 years and was once the most powerful fireboat in the world, with a rated fire flow 22,800 gallons per minute. The Virginia V is the last remaining ship from Seattle’s famous Mosquito Fleet. The wharf is also the usual berth for the schooner Lavengro - the last original Biloxi “White Winged Queen” schooner in the world.

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