Washington shipwrecks

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  1. cthippo
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    cthippo Senior Member

    Given how many people we have on this forum from the Puget Sound area I figure some of you know where good shipwrecks and derelict vessels are. One of my favorite pastimes is finding, photographing and researching shipwrecks and derelicts and I'm hoping you guys can point me to some new ones.
     
  2. bntii
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    You might try mining the photo archive of member 'blared'.

    He has compiled a remarkable number of wreck photos from the world over, past and present.
     
  3. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    There are some good resources
    http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=output.cfm&file_id=7936
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Shipwrecks_of_the_Washington_coast
    http://funbeach.com/local-attractions/shipwrecks/

    Books
    http://www.epinions.com/review/The_...thwest_by_David_H_Grover/content_322083917444

    If you check out the Seattle Public Library they have some very good books on shipwrecks.

    Here is a link to a hike to the Shipwreck Coast
    http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGW136-063

    This has been an interest of mine since I was growing up in Seattle. There is a SHipwreck in Puget Sound just south of Seattle that is visible when there are very low tides.

    Maritime Musuems around Puget Sound (most have info on wrecks) http://www.maritimemuseums.net/WA.html
     
  4. cthippo
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    There are actually quite a few visible shipwrecks and derelicts in the Puget Sound area, especially around Everett. Granted, many of these are fishing boats and barges that have been abandoned and left to sink, but they're still neat to explore. I've got a pretty good database going, but I'm looking to add to it.

    If you're interested I can point you to some you can visit pretty easily.
     

  5. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    speaking of which; In todays on-line SeattlePI. http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/It-s-just-a-pile-of-history-down-there-Lake-1322697.php

    'It's just a pile of history down there': Lake Union's sunken treasures
    Updated 07:08 a.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    SEATTLE -- It's a chapter of Seattle's history that few have ever seen. And what's left of it sits some 50 feet below the surface of Lake Union.

    A group of historians, archaeologists and scuba divers are scouring the lake, looking for sunken treasures in the form of old wooden boats.

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    "Oh, it's amazing," said technical diver and underwater cinematographer Dan Warter. "The things that are done there have such historical significance."

    Warter is working with more than 50 others on the Lake Union survey. The Maritime Documentation Society, the Center for Wooden Boats and DCS Films are working together on this project.

    "Some of these wrecks have been down there for so long, you touch them and they fall apart. You really have to be careful around them," he said.

    The surveyors are carefully brushing away the dirt on the finds to see what lies beneath. So far, he says the JE Boyden may be their most significant find.

    "It used to tow in the big tall ships from the Strait of Juan de Fuca. And it helped out the Makah Tribe from time to time," he said.

    The survey is painstaking process , but one by one , the scuba divers plan to document every thing in Lake Union.

    There are dozens of volunteers working on this project diving in the lake several times each week. The organizers say the full survey will take years to complete.

    "There's so many wrecks down there," Warter said. "There are so many wrecks stacked on wrecks, stacked on more wrecks. I mean, it's just a pile of history down there."

    So far they've discovered a World War II minesweeper, an old live-aboard and other vessels yet to be identified.

    And there's no telling what they'll find next.

    Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo...ory-down-there-Lake-1322697.php#ixzz1If1gJCWx
     
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