Museum hosts nautical events

Published on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Museum hosts nautical events

By Tara Nelson

The Whatcom Museum’s exhibition, World of the Shipwright: From Wood to Fiberglass, explores the golden years of boat and shipbuilding in the region from the late 1800s through 1965, when Whatcom County had the reputation as home to some of the finest builders of watercraft in the Pacific Northwest.

The exhibition showcases more than 20 full scale, vintage boats built in Whatcom County, and also includes archival photographs, film footage, memorabilia, tools, and models. Admission is free.

The Whatcom Museum of History & Art is located at 121 Prospect Street in Bellingham and is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 360/778-8930 or visit

Also, on Sunday, June 22, a historic tall ship will offer three-hour sailing trips around Bellingham Bay in a fundraiser to support the Whatcom Museum. 

The 127 ft. schooner Zodiac, first launched in 1924, will offer sailing cruises at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. Cost is $80. Call 778-8938.

Cruise explores history of local Whatcom waterfront

The Whatcom Museum of History & Art has scheduled their 21st annual historical cruise series on Bellingham Bay aboard a 110-foot Puget Sound tour boat, Island Caper.

The tours are a chance to relax and learn something new about Bellingham’s past and are scheduled each Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. from June 26 through August 14.

Richard Vanderway, the Museum’s Curator of Education, will narrates the two-and-a-half-hour sunset excursion, answering such questions as: Where did Bellingham begin? Which were the original four towns that eventually joined together? How has the bay changed and how do we use this exciting and vital resource today?

Cost is $25 or $20 for Whatcom Museum Members and tickets are available at the Whatcom Museum, Monday through Thursday at (360/778-8963) or at Island Mariner Cruises Friday through Sunday (360-734-8866).