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Mr Monkey visits Lake Union Park, 5th February

"I know which of these I'd go sailing in"

Mr Monkey looking at the schooner Wawona Mr Monkey looking at the Center for Wooden Boats' small boats

The first historic ship Mr Monkey saw was the Wawona, one of only two survivors of the Pacific Northwest's once enormous commercial trading fleet. The Wawona was built in 1897 to transport timber, and served as a fishing schooner in the Bering Sea from 1914 to 1947. Throughout her career she harvested a total of 7.3 million codfish, the greatest amount of any boat in the fishery. In 1970 she was the first ship in America to be declared a National Historic Site, which hasn't stopped her falling to pieces. The first floating boats Mr Monkey saw were a number of small boats belonging to the Center for Wooden Boats.

You can read about the Wawona at the Northwest Seaport website and about the boats at the Center for Wooden Boats website.

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