In these days of high tech, big jets, and coffee -- when for so many of us Seattle's harborside location mostly means beautiful scenery and great recreation opportunities -- it can be easy to forget how much of Seattle's history took place on and around the water. Something else that may come as a surprise is how different Seattle's shoreline and landscape are today than they were when the Denny Party moved across the bay from Alki Point in 1852.
"Maritime Seattle," the first book published by the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society and part of the Images of America series, provides an interesting reminder of these oft-forgotten facts. Made up almost entirely of photographs accompanied by well-informed captions, this book isn't a challenging read by any stretch. The older photos tend to be more varied and interest-grabbing; more recent images are often photographs of ships or boats plying the waters. The captions make them relevant, but except perhaps for real ship aficionados, the actual photos aren't that compelling. Still, this is an easy and accessible resource for most anyone with an interest in the city or the interaction between a sea-based economy and the rise of an urban metropolis.
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Seattle grew from pioneer settlement to bustling metropolis, its waterfront evolving from a marsh to a thriving complex of industrial sites on both salt and fresh water. This pictorial history weaves the story of the evolution of the Seattle and King County waterfronts through photographs, images, and maps as it develops from marsh to container terminal. Beginning in 1850 with the pre-canal era, here are the lumber mills, local freight and passenger transportation, coastal and ocean shipping, the shipyards, and the stories of significant figures in the history of Seattle's waterfront. Shown also is how the rapid growth of the shipyard facilities was counterbalanced with the development of the labor movement. The forging of this shipping epicenter is captured here in over 200 vintage photographs.