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Name W.T. PRESTON

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Image of 2003.087 - Artwork

2003.087 - Artwork

"PRESTON Corps of Engineers and University Bridge-South". W.T.PRESTON is on water traveling under the bridge in Seattle, WA. Bridge is open so the PRESTON can travel under. Behind University Bridge Interstate 5 spanning Lake Union. Drawn by Christopher Paul Bollens.

Image of 2003.037 - Painting

2003.037 - Painting

1999 color painting (copy) of the W. T. PRESTON sitting on grass. Hills in background; trees on either side of picture, double matted. Sent to Barbara Hansen by Mr. Perrow, and given to museum by Barbara Hanson.

Image of 1999.030.086 - Article

1999.030.086 - Article

This news article dated February 2, 1939, is from a Seattle newspaper. Bids were sought for the construction of a new snag boat to replace the original W.T. PRESTON. The steam engine would move to the new vessel.

Image of 1999.030.087 - Article

1999.030.087 - Article

This undated 1939 news article is from a Seattle newspaper. The low bid for the new W.T. PRESTON came from Lake Union Dry Dock & Machine Works for $93,990. The boat was to be delivered in 180 days.

Image of 1999.030.094 - Correspondence

1999.030.094 - Correspondence

On July 18, 1938, Captain George S. Murch of the W.T. PRESTON sent a report to the District Engineer in Seattle detailing the rescue of a Navy plane and a body from the Snohomish River and its delivery to Navy personnel near Everett, WA. See also 1999.030.095 and 1999.030.096.

Image of 1999.030.095.A,B - Correspondence

1999.030.095.A,B - Correspondence

On July 20, 1938, Lt. Col. H. G. Wild of the Corps of Engineers, commended Captain George Murch of the W.T. PRESTON for his prompt action in salvaging the Navy plane and the body of a Naval officer, and for removing an obstruction from the navigable water of Snohomish River. See also: 1999.030.094 and 1999.030.096.

Image of 1999.030.096 - Correspondence

1999.030.096 - Correspondence

On August 24, 1938, Rear Admiral G. J. Rowcliff of the U. S. Navy, commended Captain George Murch of the W.T. PRESTON for his prompt action in salvaging the Navy plane and the body of Jasper C. Monti, pharmacist's mate third class. See also: 1999.030.094 and 1999.030.095.

Image of 1999.030.097 - Correspondence

1999.030.097 - Correspondence

On September 12, 1938, Colonel John C. H. Lee of the U. S. Corps of Engineers, forwarded the commendation of Admiral Rowcliff (see 1999.030.096) to Captain George Murch of the W.T. PRESTON for his prompt action in salvaging the Navy plane and the body of Jasper C. Monti, pharmacist's mate third class.

Image of 1999.030.098.A,B - Correspondence

1999.030.098.A,B - Correspondence

On September 14, 1938, Lt. Col. H. J. Wild of the Corps of Engineers, forwarded the commendation of Admiral Rowcliff (see 1999.030.096) to Captain George Murch of the W.T. PRESTON for his prompt action in salvaging the Navy plane and the body of Jasper C. Monti, pharmacist's mate third class.

Image of 1999.030.102 - Article

1999.030.102 - Article

THE SEATTLE DAILY TIMES ran an article titled "New Snagboat Soon to Move"; the date is not included with the clipping. "The new $125,000 snagboat, being built for the United States Army District Engineer, is nearing completion at the Lake Union Drydock & Machine Works. In this photograph, the new craft, a sternwheeler, is shown close to the old snagboat, the W.T. PRESTON, whose place she will take. The new boat also will be called the W.T. PRESTON. The snagboat will be used to clear the navigable rivers and waters of the Puget Sound area. The old W.T. PRESTON will be put up for sale soon, the District Engineer's office said today."

Image of 1999.030.104 - Article

1999.030.104 - Article

The Mt. Vernon newspaper ran a photo and caption on an unidentified date courtesy of THE SEATTLE DAILY TIMES. See 1999.030.102. The title was "New Snagboat Soon to Float." "The new $125,000 snagboat, being built for the United States Army District Engineer, is nearing completion at the Lake Union Drydock & Machine Works. In this photograph, the new craft, a sternwheeler, is shown close to the old snagboat, the W.T. PRESTON, whose place she will take. The new boat also will be called the W.T. PRESTON. The snagboat will be used to clear the navigable rivers and waters of the Puget Sound area. The old W.T. PRESTON will be put up for sale soon, the District Engineer's office said today."

Image of 1999.030.105 - Article

1999.030.105 - Article

An unidentified newspaper on an unidentified date ran a photo and caption titled "New Snagboat Has Trial Trip." "After a trial trip on Lake Washington, the new snagboat W.T. PRESTON, which will operate under direction of United States engineers in Seattle, was at the plant of the Lake Union Dry Dock & Machine Works to have equipment installed. The tests were made Friday on the measured nautical mile course near the United States naval air station at Sand Point. Tests were made at various speeds and the operation of machinery was observed. The W.T. PRESTON will go into service in about two weeks on Puget Sound and tributary waters, removing obstructions to navigation and doing a limited

Image of 2017.027.001-.003 - Print

2017.027.001-.003 - Print

In 1977 Robert Parks created this pen and ink print of the W.T. PRESTON on the water. The accompanying 3 x 5 card reads: "The last steam powered stern wheeler on the Puget Sound still operates as a "snag boat" clearing navigable water of debris from Tacoma to Bellingham. She is operated by the Corps of Engineers..." "Seattle's Bob Parks is known internationally as an aviation artist...His interest is not limited to aviation as shown by the variety in this selection of pen and inks dealing with northwest nostalgia." .002 - 3 x 5 card with the above quoted remarks .003 - THE HERALD printed an article on July 26, 1981, relating Captain Sandy Welsh's efforts to keep the W. T. PRESTON fro

Image of 2009.023.002.031 - Article

2009.023.002.031 - Article

The W.T. PRESTON changed captains on June 29, 1962, when George Murch retired and Norm Hamburg was promoted from first mate. An article and photo (with Hamburg in the pilot house above the bell from the SWINOMISH) relate the dream Hamburg had had since childhood of becoming captain. No. 2 of six scrapbooks titled: Snagboat History. Scrapbooks include photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the W.T. Preston. They belonged to Dennis Hamburg, son of Norm Hamburg. Norm Hamburg had a 42 year career on the W.T. Preston.

Image of 2009.023.002.019 - Article

2009.023.002.019 - Article

A 144 pound sturgeon was accidentally blasted out of the Skagit River by the crew of the W.T. PRESTON when they were removing stumps near Sterling, WA. See 2009.023.002.020 for the photo of the sturgeon. No. 2 of six scrapbooks titled: Snagboat History. Scrapbooks include photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the W.T. Preston. They belonged to Dennis Hamburg, son of Norm Hamburg. Norm Hamburg had a 42 year career on the W.T. Preston.

Image of 2009.023.002.021-.022 - Article

2009.023.002.021-.022 - Article

Betty Vanderhyde wrote at article for an unknown newspaper on September 18, 1960, about the W.T. PRESTON and its work on the Snohomish River. She named the crew and their responsibilities: Captain Norman Hamburg First Mate Norman Ronning Second Mate William Morgan Deckhand Stanley Nelson Deckhand Robert Nystrom Lever man William Brophy Fireman Olaf Linder Fireman Wesley Crisp Fireman Gordon Talmadge Fireman Fred Weyard Fireman George Andler Chief Engineer Ralph Little Cook Lee Fox Cook Gaylord Hunter Accompanying the article was a cartoon captioned, "It's Serene Life Cruising River In Stern-Wheeler." No. 2 of six scrapbooks titled: Snagboat Hi

Image of 2009.023.002.024 - Article

2009.023.002.024 - Article

The W.T. PRESTON is tied up at the Moose Lodge moorage in Mt. Vernon on the Skagit River on October 4, 1960. To the left is the SKAGIT BELLE, which is out of service. No. 2 of six scrapbooks titled: Snagboat History. Scrapbooks include photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the W.T. Preston. They belonged to Dennis Hamburg, son of Norm Hamburg. Norm Hamburg had a 42 year career on the W.T. Preston.

Image of 2009.023.002.025 - Article

2009.023.002.025 - Article

The W.T. PRESTON changed captains on June 29, 1962, when George Murch retired and Norm Hamburg was promoted from first mate. An article appeared in the June 29, 1962, SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD with a photo of the snagboat and an article about the changeover. No. 2 of six scrapbooks titled: Snagboat History. Scrapbooks include photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the W.T. Preston. They belonged to Dennis Hamburg, son of Norm Hamburg. Norm Hamburg had a 42 year career on the W.T. Preston.

Image of 2009.023.002.029-.030 - Article

2009.023.002.029-.030 - Article

The W.T. PRESTON changed captains on June 29, 1962, when George Murch retired and Norm Hamburg was promoted from first mate. An article appeared in the July 5, 1962, ARGUS with a photo of the snagboat and an article about the changeover. No. 2 of six scrapbooks titled: Snagboat History. Scrapbooks include photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the W.T. Preston. They belonged to Dennis Hamburg, son of Norm Hamburg. Norm Hamburg had a 42 year career on the W.T. Preston.

Image of 2009.023.002.032 - Article

2009.023.002.032 - Article

The SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER ran two photos in the March 7, 1965, edition. The top one is of Chief Engineer Ralph Little in the W.T. PRESTON engine room answering a telegraph signal from the pilot house; his left hand is on the throttle. The lower photo is of the snagboat in operation on Union Bay. No. 2 of six scrapbooks titled: Snagboat History. Scrapbooks include photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the W.T. Preston. They belonged to Dennis Hamburg, son of Norm Hamburg. Norm Hamburg had a 42 year career on the W.T. Preston.