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Image of 2004.044 - Map

2004.044 - Map

Mylar map graphically Illustrating the W T Preston's work routes, titled "Range of Puget Sound Snagboats 1883 to Present. Drawn by donor for his Sea Chest magazine article "Heritage of a Snagboat."

Image of 2009.023.001 - Scrapbook

2009.023.001 - Scrapbook

No. 1 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 - Scrapbook

2009.023.002 - Scrapbook

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 2009.023.003 - Scrapbook

2009.023.003 - Scrapbook

No. 3 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 2009.023.004 - Scrapbook

2009.023.004 - Scrapbook

No. 4 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 2009.023.005 - Scrapbook

2009.023.005 - Scrapbook

No. 5 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 2009.023.006 - Scrapbook

2009.023.006 - Scrapbook

No. 6 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 2007.010.001 - Pamphlet, Instruction

2007.010.001 - Pamphlet, Instruction

1974 Operations Manual listing operations, duties and procedures.

Image of 2005.012.001 - Casette tape - Video

2005.012.001 - Casette tape - Video

Interview of Edwin Corrow on the 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 in Anacortes in 1983.

Image of 2012.109.004 - Record, Personnel

2012.109.004 - Record, Personnel

"Snagboat Memories of Gust, Norman, & Dennis Hamburg", 11 pages written and typed by Dennis Hamburg October 20, 2012. Most of the narrative pertains to the PRESTON.

Image of 2012.109.005 - Report

2012.109.005 - Report

Report written for general summary of the W.T. Preston's function regarding removal of navigational hazards, technical information such as size of the snagboat, draft, equipment description, and operation by its fourteen crew members.

Image of 2013.043.002 - Article

2013.043.002 - Article

Newspaper article from what appears to be The Seattle Times, June 26, 1981 about the W. T. PRESTON being retired. Two photographs in the article: 1) "The snagboat W.R. PRESTON works on Union Bay as Husky crews practice before dawn. This is one of many photos of the colorful sternwheeler in Times files." (staff photo by Josef Scaylea)"; 2) Stan Nelson, who lives aboard the Preston, recalls his 30 years on the vessel, which soon will be retired." Story by Bob Lane, Times staff reporter. "...She is the only steam-powered paddlewheel vessel on Puget Sound. Her two engines date from 1914; the steam whistles atop her black stack go back to 1895. ..."; "the corps began snag removal on Puget

Image of 2013.043.001 - Article

2013.043.001 - Article

Newspaper article from THE SUNDAY OLYMPIAN, November 1, 1981 about the W. T. PRESTON. Article heading: "Preston's Job Ends". Three photos are in the half-page article: 1) "PRESTON's boom lifts tree stump from Skagit River; snag is headed for bank where it won't post problem for boaters"; 2) "Sternwheeler W. T. PRESTON heads up north fork of Skagit River, Boat was retired Saturday after some 50 years of service around sound"; and 3) Captain Virgil Welsh, Jr. Surveys River, Photo was taken during recent cleanup operation". Article reads: LaConner (SP) -- The W. T. Preston, a slow-moving, stern-wheeler that steam-cleaned Puget Sound for 52 years, has grappled its last snag. The Preston

Image of 2014.042.005 - Magazine

2014.042.005 - Magazine

SHIPS MONTHLY in its April 1976 issue contained an article on pages 16 -19 about the W. T. PRESTON. Included are the history, some photos, and especially the photo of one of the last paddlewheeler races on Puget Sound.

Image of 2014.045.002.002 - Article

2014.045.002.002 - Article

The SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD ran a photo of the W.T. PRESTON on September 10, 1973. "Paddlewheeler in LaConner - The familiar paddlewheeler W. T. PRESTON, shown at left clearing snags on the Skagit River, has been installing pilings in Swinomish Slough in LaConner. Once named the SWINOMISH, The Army Corps of Engineer's snag boat works the northern Puget Sound and the Skagit River."

Image of 2014.045.003.002 - Article

2014.045.003.002 - Article

The SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD ran a photo of a W.T. PRESTON deckhand and his son on September 10, 1973. Taken in LaConner, the caption reads, "Jim Goodland, a PRESTON deckhand, leafs through a photo book depicting the boat's history with his son, Tom, 14." The photo appears to have been taken on the deck of the boat.

Image of 2014.045.004 - Article

2014.045.004 - Article

On July 14, 1951, the MOUNT VERNON DAILY HERALD ran an article on the Saturday Feature Page about the W.T. PRESTON which detailed her history and duties which included ice breaking, snag pulling, boat raising, dredging, dike plugging, and racing.

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