Wawona moved to drydock

The historic schooner Wawona took its last voyage this morning, from the place where it has been genteelly rotting by the Center for Wooden Boats to a dry dock where it will be disassembled and its most notable parts preserved [NWS]. (There was a press conference about it this morning, but I, uh, slept through it.)

Most of her most historic features–which would, I imagine, be most of them–will probably end up in MOHAI when (if?) it moves down to the Naval Reserve Building in South Lake Union Park, and Northwest Seaport is still planning to do an “on-land interpretation” of the ship in the park.

I go visit the Wawona pretty often, and the sentimental parts of me are sad that she’ll be gone. But she was looking pretty rough, eaten through by beetles and with her masts missing. I imagine she’s gone to a better place.

If you’re interested in her full history, Joe Follansbee’s book is an excellent resource.

2 Comments so far

  1. taximansteve on March 4th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

    It’s the last watch on the Wawona. The last night alone. One last night to love her. The last night she’s whole.

    —-With apologies to Stan Rogers, re: City of Midland, From Fresh Water

    Rep. Steven Lindsey
    Keene, NH

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