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Name Seafair

Associated Records

Image of 2009.023.004.018 - Article

2009.023.004.018 - Article

On July 28, 1969, the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER ran a photo and caption on Seafair activities. In the foreground is a barge with "34 princesses and 30 visiting queens, along with the Coast Guard Band, as it led a process of decorated boats through the Lake Washington Ship Canal." Taken from the Ballard Bridge, the photo looks east toward the Fremont and Aurora bridges. Passing under the Fremont Bridge is the W.T. PRESTON as the parade headed for Shilshole Bay to participate in Ballard Shilshole Seafair Fund Days. The photo was taken by Phil H. Webber. No. 4 of six scrapbooks titled: Snagboat History. Scrapbooks include photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the W.T. Preston

Image of 2009.023.008 - Plaque

2009.023.008 - Plaque

This green plaque was presented to the W.T. PRESTON and reads: Participant Shilshole Seafair Marine Parade 1968

Image of 1999.030.072 - Capt. George Murch and unknown man

1999.030.072 - Capt. George Murch and unknown man

Captain George Murch receiving a plaque for the W.T. PRESTON taking first place in a Seafair race.

Image of 2016.021.003 - W.T. PRESTON wins Seafair race

2016.021.003 - W.T. PRESTON wins Seafair race

Last Stern-wheeler race, August 19, 1950, Seattle Harbor. Winner was the Army Engineers Boat, W. T. PRESTON. The wood-hulled snagboat W. T. PRESTON was built c. 1929, using some components (sternwheel and engines) of the vessel it replaced, the SWINOMISH. The W. T. PRESTON, named for the only civilian engineer then working for the Corps of Engineers, served the Corps form 1929 to 1939, pulling snags out of Puget Sound waterways and local rivers. A new steel-hulled, 163' W. T. PRESTON was then built at the Lake Union Drydock in Seattle, again using material from the wooden boat it replaced. In 1981 the W. T. PRESTON, "last Puget Sound sternwheeler" was retired. She went on display i

Image of 2015.089.006 - W.T. PRESTON in race at Seafair

2015.089.006 - W.T. PRESTON in race at Seafair

Aerial view of W.T. PRESTON (top) beating SKAGIT BELLE (middle) and SKAGIT CHIEF (lower).

Image of 2015.089.007 - W.T. PRESTON in Seafair race, Seattle

2015.089.007 - W.T. PRESTON in Seafair race, Seattle

Aerial view, W.T. PRESTON racing SKAGIT BELLE and SKAGIT CHIEF. This photo also appears in the first scrapbook compiled by Norm Hamburg, 2009.023.001.