by Pat Filer, AKCHO Awards Selection Committee Chair
On July 4, 1917, Seattle celebrated the official opening of the Hiram S. Chittenden Locks and the Ship Canal with great fanfare. On that day the SS Roosevelt, Admiral Peary’s flagship on his historic 1909 trip to the Arctic, passed through the Locks and led a marine parade of some 200 commercial and pleasure craft through the Ship Canal to Lake Union and Lake Washington. A carnival and fireworks attracted an estimated 50,000 celebrants.
On July 9, 2017, the Greater Seattle community commemorated the event by re-enacting the boat parade. A flotilla of 47 vessels, led by the historic schooner Adventuress standing in for the Roosevelt, sailed from Salmon Bay into Lake Union and down to Lake Union Park at the south end of the lake. The fireboat Chief Seattle ended the event with celebratory water fountains in the middle of the lake. (more…)