Northwest Seaport

Northwest Seaport is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Northwest Coast, and to the development of maritime-based educational programs and opportunities. The historic fleet includes the 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss, and the 1904 Lightship #83.
What We Do: 
Father and son in the boiler room of a ship
  • Engineer for a Day: kick the tires and light the fires onboard the tugboat Arthur Foss and the fireboat Duwamish, then learn about steam engines on the passenger ferry Virginia V and the Lightship #83
    • Field Trips: learn about maritime heritage in groups through the boats that helped build it
    • Tugboat Experience Program: stay aboard the Arthur Foss and learn first-hand how tugboat crews live past and present
    • Tugboat Story Time: join other pre-schoolers and parents to hear maritime-themed picture books read aloud in the Arthur Foss’s galley
    • Maritime Workshops: join shipwrights, surveyors, and marine mechanics in repairing the Arthur Foss’s Douglas Fir hull and 1934 diesel engine
    • Maritime Music and Chanty Sings: enjoy concerts that feature local-, regional-, and nationally-known performers
    • Festivals: celebrate all things maritime on the Wharf and in Seattle neighborhoods to showcase our historic vessels
    Volunteer Opportunities: 
    • Boat Host: help keep the Arthur Foss and other historic ships open to visitors on weekends and special events
    • Docent: lead tours of the Arthur Foss and other historic ships for all audiences
    • Maritime Music: help coordinate, promote, and set up for concerts and chantey sings – or perform in them
    • Work Parties: join other volunteers in keeping Northwest Seaport’s historic fleet looking good for visitors and events


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