Northwest Seaport is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest.
The Seaport’s historic floating fleet moored Seattle’s Lake Union Park includes the tugboat Arthur Foss (1889) and the Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure” (1904), both of which have National Historic Landmark status.
Additionally, Northwest Seaport possesses an extensive archive of material in collections related to its vessels and Northwest maritime history that has aided historic research and maritime authors.
The museum ships provide a hands-on venue for public tours, tugboat sleepovers, family tugboat story times, vocational training, trade workshops and annual festivals that celebrate workboat culture, boats, music and stories. Public programs launch at the waterfront at the park’s Historic Ships Wharf.
Northwest Seaport hosts monthly “sea chantey” sings to celebrate Seattle’s connection to the sea, boats, and those who sail them.
Northwest Seaport monthly “sea chantey” sings
Sea Chanteys and other maritime music include work songs and foc’sle ditties with great choruses that tie our present day maritime traditions and lore to those of the past. The call-and-response form makes these songs easy to learn and fun to sing for adults and children alike. Fun for folks of all ages! So come on board, sing, lead a song of the sea, join in on the chorus, or just enjoy the music.
Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted to benefit maritime preservation. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The chantey sings are usually held the second Friday of the month on South Lake Union. Check the Northwest Seaport Northwest Seaport Events Page for upcoming chantey sings.