Seattle 2010 - Ballard District, Ballard Locks, Fishermen's Terminal

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May 17th 2015
Published: May 24th 2015
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Ballard is an historic neighborhood located in the NW part of Seattle. Its main landmark is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (known locally as the "Ballard Locks"). The city of Ballard officially (but reluctantly) became part of Seattle in May 1907. Ballard has been the traditional center of Seattle's ethnically Scandinavian seafaring community who were drawn to the area because of the salmon fishing opportunities. Ballard’s Nordic Heritage Museum, celebrates both the community of Ballard and the local Scandinavian history. Locals once nicknamed the neighborhood "Snoose Junction," a reference to the Scandinavian settlers' practice of using snus (snuff). More info:,_Seattle

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Ballard locks (bl)

Info board. (Location A on the map. ) The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, aka the Ballard Locks, which opened in 1917, provide a boat link between the salt water of Puget Sound & the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which in turn connects eastward to Lake Union & Lake Washington. More info:
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(building with the red roof) has displays on the history and operations of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
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bl - Argosy tour boat, waiting to go through

Tourists & locals enjoy watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts passing through. The locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage.
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Argosy cruise/tour boats
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across from the locks, closed in 2010.
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Fishermen's Terminal (ft)

Area B on the map. The facility includes 227,000 square feet of office, retail, restaurant, light industry & warehouse space. The retail establishments include the Wild Salmon Seafood Market which started as a cooperative for fishermen to sell their local catch.
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The terminal celebrated 100 years in 2014. The terminal (at 3919 18th Ave. West) is located on Salmon Bay in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. It’s east of the Chittenden Locks & immediately west of the Ballard Bridge.
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Operated by the Port of Seattle, the facility provides freshwater mooring for fishing vessels, & pleasure craft (since 2001). It serves more than 600 vessels with preference given to commercial fishing vessels. A public access float provides free moorage for up to four hours for visitors.

More info: History videos
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is a central feature at Fishermen's Terminal. The magnificent bronze & stone sculpture includes plaques inscribed with the names of more than 500 local commercial fishermen & women who have been lost at sea since the beginning of the 20th century.

The list of lives lost includes the 15 member crew from The Seattle-based Arctic Rose which sank April 2, 2001, in the Bering Sea. It’s been called the worst U.S. fishing-vessel disaster of the past half-century. More info:

25th May 2015

Bravo, Rainy !
To my uniformed eyes it looks as if you hit upon the one or two days when it was bright and sunny in Seattle, which I'd always thought of as being like Vancouver ... rain, rain and more rain. Thank you for these fine shots, and for the wealth of URLs for more information. I didn't know that there was such a large Scandinavian influence out there. It looks like "herself" had a thoroughly enjoyable time, getting a great collection of thoroughly fine shots..

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