Come enjoy the Grand Opening of Foss Waterway Seaport’s new exhibit, “Wheels, Whistles and Wonder: the Extraordinary Maritime Collection of Bill Somers,” Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM to 6 PM. The display showcases about a quarter of the 1,500 exquisite pieces acquired last fall by the Seaport from the largest known private collection of maritime artifacts related to Puget Sound’s history.
You’ll hear the sounds and see the sights and classic beauty of Puget Sound's historic "Mosquito Fleet" steamboat era, with live music reminiscent of the era, food, docents presenting "then and now" interpretations of maritime artifacts, storytellers reenacting characters from the glory days of steamboats, and children's hands-on activities.
Visitors will see the Seaport's active wooden boat shop staffed by expert boat builders, and heritage vessels such as the historic M/V Westward, built in 1923 and one of the last boats built at the Martinolich Shipyard at Dockton on Vashon Island (and now on the US National Parks Registry of Historic Places), S/V Odyssey, S/V Red Jacket and the Foss tugboat Joe at the Seaport's docks. The Westward and Odyssey will be offering dockside tours. Moorage is also available at the Seaport for guests choosing to arrive by boat.
Go next door to Foss Harbor Marina’s “Salty Dock Day” (www.fossharbormarina.com/events/salty-dock-day.html) also on June 11 to enjoy boater education classes, a “Salty Dog” Contest for canine “First Mates,” games, safety demonstrations, a Saturday Night outdoor movie (weather permitting), and other entertaining activities celebrating the recreational opportunities marinas provide on our community’s waterways.
Located at 705 Dock Street in Tacoma in the historic waterfront building where Tall Ships were loaded with the region’s products bound for global ports, today Foss Waterway Seaport showcases Puget Sound’s premier maritime heritage, education, and recreation center where students and the community learn about marine and environmental science issues, maritime‐related activities, and the colorful history of Tacoma’s working waterfront. Learn more at www.fosswaterwayseaport.org.