Working to preserve the vessels, facilities and skills of our maritime heritage

Traditional Skills


Maritime Traditions

Jack of all trades and master of none.

In the age of sail the men, and some women, who went to sea were skilled in a dozen or more trades. When not scrambling up the rigging to set or take in sail they might work for the carpenter shaping a spar, mend sails with the sailmaker, shape metal for sail thimbles or longsplice a line to pass through a wooden block.

Boatbuilding Schools

NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Silva Bay Shipyard School
Seattle Central Community College
The Center for Wooden Boats
Bates Technical College
Cape Falcon Kayak
Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre
Quadrant Marine Institute


The great Lunenburg fishing-- and racing-- schooner Bluenose appears on the Canadian dime.

Schooner Lavengro's Refit

On January 4, 2010, volunteers from the Northwest Schooner Society hauled out the Society’s 55 foot schooner Lavengro and undertook a substantial refit of the hull. Experienced volunteers showed the new hands how to strip off the plywood sheathing that protected Lavengro during her years in Hawaii. The sheathing, held on with several thousand copper ring nails, hid some old bruises, some tired fastenings, and buckets full of the sticky tar-and-paper mess known as “Irish felt.” After spending two and a half weeks stripping the hull down to bare wood, volunteers moved on to drilling for, and then driving, more than a thousand new 3.5 inch #18 fasteners below the waterline.

Schooner Lavengro's haulout, 2010
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While the volunteers cleaned up and refastened the hull, professional shipwright Mark Lerdahl tore out several damaged planks and three broken frames from the port quarter.

He shaped and fitted three new ribs, installed new planks, then caulked them in. With the hole repaired and Lavengro’s hull sound and fit for another 83 years of sailing, volunteers re-established the boot top and painted the bottom. Thirty six days after she hauled out, the Lavengro splashed, ready to go sailing.

With the loss of the Metro Dock at the north end of Lake Union in Seattle, Lavengro has moved her main base of operations to Brownsville in Kitsap County, Washington. The Schooner Lavengro has been a frequent guest of the Port of Brownsville for two years now. She has participated in local events such as Kitsap Harbor Festival, Tall Ship visit to Port Orchard, The Annual Tall Ship visit of the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to the Port of Brownsville, Blackberry Festival at the Port of Bremerton and the Brownsville Appreciation Day as well as many other sailing opportunities. The Ship and Crew have received a warm welcome at every Port we have moored at and wish to continue serving Kitsap County locations. For more information, visit Schooner Lavengro's homepage.

P.O. Box 75421
Seattle, WA 98175

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