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Steam Around the Foss Waterway Seaport: September 10 and 11
September 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 11, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Foss Waterway Seaport hosts Northwest Steam Society Weekend, Full Steam Ahead!
Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, All About Steam Weekend!
See steam-powered boats as they traverse the Foss Waterway, ask questions of the boat owners, and help your kids make their own working model steam boat!
This weekend event will feature the Seaport’s wonderful “steam” exhibit and is geared to area families and steam enthusiasts. We are thrilled to welcome back the Northwest Steam Society who will bring a collection of their steamers to moor at the Seaport’s dock. Free with Paid Admission to the Seaport, the boat owners will share their steamers with Museum guests, demo and explain how they work, plus answer all your questions. They will provide plenty of steam whistle sounds to support this event and will be sure to attract the curious. If you have never seen these delightful boats, now is the time to come to the Seaport…they are amazing! The group plans to race their boats on the Thea Foss Waterway and take a select few of our guests out for a short cruise. Some lucky museum visitors will enjoy a short cruise! CRUISE OPTION ONLY AVAILABLE WITH PAID ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM.
The Northwest Steam Society www.northweststeamsociety.org has over 300 members with all kinds of steam interests from steam cars to agricultural machinery, steam railroads and steamboats.
Just think, back in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s, before refined petroleum, gasoline and diesel engines were common, all you needed was something to burn, some nice fresh water, a boiler to change water into steam, and an engine to create the power to turn the propeller. Puget Sound had steam boats all over our waters transporting people and goods, and even using them just for fun! The Northwest Steam Society’s steamers are mostly “steam launches, best suited for taking people from the dock to a ship at anchor or simply to have a leisurely picnic while exploring some back waters. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of a long lost era of great importance to the development of our region and country!
Additionally, we will offer many steam activities for kids of all ages throughout each day!
Activities include: Part of a Boat (board our kid’s boat moored securely on land), What is Displacement?, The Power of Pressure – the Great Balloon Race, Molecule Dance, Smash Can Experiment, Blow that Steam Whistle – hourly, and bring that cell phone and take your picture with the crew. We will have many steam activities for kids of all ages…great fun!
Foss Waterway Seaport Executive Director Wesley Wenhardt said, “We are so excited to welcome Northwest Steam Society with their wonderful steamers and invite the public to reconnect with the Tacoma waterfront, Puget Sound and experience the incredible history of our region.”
The theme for the summer season, Tacoma: This is Your Waterfront, highlights the many historic maritime treasures in the Seaport’s collection. Throughout the summer themed programs and weekend activities will use those artifacts as touchstones to connect visitors to their shared past—the sailors, ships, rail yards, workers and The Port that shaped Puget Sound into the region it is today.
The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm. Admission: Free for Seaport members, $10.00 for Adults, $8.00 for Children (5 +), Students, Military and Seniors (62+), $25.00 for a Family Pass. (Up to 2 adults and 4 children) Parking is available adjacent to the Seaport. Side tie public moorage is available with power and water, and a four-hour stay at the Seaport dock is free. Moorage is within walking distance of restaurants, museums and downtown. For more information visit: fosswaterwayseaport.org