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 The Center for Wooden Boats, who see Lake Union as a “cultural and natural museum,” has initiated a project with the Department of Natural Resources to explore beneath the lake. The goal is to learn about Lake Union’s maritime heritage by investigating the sunken ships that lie on the bottom.   

DCS Films and the Maritime Documentation Society will work closely with DNR to record the dimensions of each vessel as well as High Definition video images. Later DCS and MDS will assist in research to identify each wreck and tell its story. The Submerged Cultural Resources Exploration Team will be assisting the CWB and DNR as well, with video imagery and research work.

DCS Films and MDS are also working with divers Ron Jacobsen, Erik Foreman, and Chris Borgen who have spearheaded the exploration of Lake Union for several years.

In the first phase of the project, sonar mapping of the lake bottom found 19 possible sunken boats, with many more uncharted. The second phase will be the dive teams descending to visit the targets. Lake Union is closed to diving so both teams will work closely with the Seattle Harbor Patrol to aid in safety.

Researchers will compare the divers’ descriptions with archival evidence and oral histories to piece together a story for each ship. Washington’s vast amount of submerged cultural resources has mostly gone undocumented, until now. Through this project, DNR is proud to contribute to local community heritage and uphold its role as a good steward of these precious resources.




Courtesy UW Archives

 Target 26 Gypsy Queen
(YMS 105)YMS_105.html
 Target 8 FOSS 54
(YC 191)FOSS_54_Lake_Union.html
 Target 22 PC-1138PC_1138_Lake_Union.html
 Target 23   Large Wood Hull (Sternwheeler?)
(Unidentified)Long_wooden_Hull_Lake_Union_.html
 Target 4       Personal Liveaboard  (Unidentified)
 Target 24           The Sea Bee 
 Target 5            Tree Trunks
Sea_Bee.html
 Target  10 Converted Landing Craft (Unidentified)Lake_Union_Targets.html

Courtesy Tacoma Public Library

 Target 19      J.E. BoydenJE_Boyden.html
 Target 20 Wooden Vessel (Unidentified)wooden_wreck_lake_union.html
 Target 9      IreneIrene_Lake_Union.html
 Target 21a Jeanette
 Target 21b Jeanette Pilot HouseJeanette_Lake_Union.html
 Target 32 Possible Sidewheeler (Unidentified)Lake_Union_Sidewheeler.html
 Target 29 Cannery Tender   (Unidentified)Lake_Union_cannery_tender_.html
 Target  27 Wooden Sloop (Unidentified)
 Target 28     Pleasure Craft                    ___ ANN (Unidentified)Lake_Union_sloop.html

KOMO 4 & CH 13 news story on the Maritime Documentation Society, DCS Films, and the Center for Wooden Boats archeology survey of Lake Union.

Chris Borgen PhotosChris_Borgen_Photography.html
 Target 18  LCVP PA-201-  (Unidentified)Higgins_Boat.html

Copyright art by Willie Davidson

 Target 31 Wooden Pleasure Craft (Unidentified)
 Target 30 Corroded Metal Hull (Unidentified)Wrecks_of_Lake_Union.html
 Target 25 Harley Davidson Motorcycle Harley_Davidson.html
 Target 3        Old Wood Barge (Unidentified)Lake_Union_Survey.html
 Target 7        Old Wood Barge (Unidentified)Lake_Union_barges.html
 Target 13      KahlenbergWreck_of_the_Kahlenberg.html

A short documentary by Vaun Raymond of our survey in Lake Union. Also the day we discovered Phil Irwin.

 Target 0        Old Sailboat (Unidentified)Lake_Union_Sailboat.html
 Target 34      Steel Fire Boat? (Unidentified)DIT_Boat.html
 Target 1         Log Pile Lake_Union_logs.html
Chris Borgen PhotosChris_Borgen_Photography.html
 Target 38      HI-YU-ALL
 Target 37  KARINDA
 Target 39 (Unidentified)
 Target 40   (Unidentified)
 Target 41  (Unidentified)Lake_Union_boats_sink.html
 Target 42       Large Wood VesselLake_Union_shipwrecks.html

Excellent documentary on our Lake Union survey made by Tammy Weyers and Barry Ford at the Art Institute.

NEW documentary by Vaun Raymond!

 Target 26 Gypsy Tradergypsy_trader.html