The Pacific Northwest Maritime Industries



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Faculty: Cynthia Kennedy--SEM 3164 through 4/23, then SEM II

Sarah Pedersen--Library

Captains: Sarah Pedersen &Joshua Berger (Seawulff), Dierk Yokum (Lavengro), Jim Taylor (Sophia Christina)

A learning community should begin with a guiding question which we will ask of all our texts and experiences. In this program you will be asked to develop your own question about working the water. One place to begin might be: Why do we go to sea?

We will explore the economic and social history and current conditions of the maritime trades and industry in the Pacific Northwest. We will focus on the contemporary economic and work climate in the maritime industries and trades with emphasis on the Northwest region and Puget Sound as an economic resource. We will use economics, leadership, sociology, race and gender studies, ethnography, history and literary reading and analysis to gain an understanding of the nature of today's maritime work and economy. An extended sailing expedition will include visits to a variety of maritime businesses, tribal communities, historical locales and ports where economic development issues are evolving. The expedition will also focus on the experience of working as crew, the development of leadership within small groups and the creation of an intense and powerful learning community. Students should expect to read and write extensively throughout the expeditions as well as at home, and to engage in extensive work on literary analysis. Workshops and practical application will develop students' skills in mathematics, basic geometry, map reading, weather and astronomy.

This program will collaborate with Astronomy and Cosmologies, Science Seminar and The Physics of Astronomy programs to offer students an additional 2 credit option in Celestial Navigation . Students who choose this option will attend a 2 hour astronomy lab each week on Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., in addition to regular program activities. Students from The Physics of Astronomy and Astronomy and Cosmologies programs may also register our our weekly Piloting and Inland Navigation workshop. Students who want to take an additional 2 credits of Celestial Navigation, refer to CRN 30777 in Gateway.



(These titles are in the book store & Orca Books unless otherwise noted)

Shufeldt, Piloting & Dead Reckoning

Alexandra Harmon, Indians in the Making: Ethnic Relations and Indian Identities Around Puget Sound, Introduction & Chapter I "Fur Traders & Natives" (on closed reserve in the library)

A. K. Larssen, The ABC's of Fo'c'sle Living (selections on closed reserve in the library)

Leslie Fields, The Entangling Net: Alaska's Commercial Fishing Women Tell their Lives

Nancy Pagh, At Home Afloat: Women on the Waters of the Pacific Northwest

John McPhee, Looking for a Ship (out of print, 20 copies in the bookstore; share, try used book stores or Summit to borrow copies from other libraries)

Daniel Chasen, Water Link: A History of Puget Sound as a Resource (photocopies for sale in the bookstore)

The Seattle General Strike of 1919 (there's a paper copy in the library as well as this on-line version)

Alexandra Harmon, Indians in the Making, Chapter 8: "Treaty Rights Unfurled" (on closed reserve in the library)

Jonathan Raban, Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings

Patrick Dillon, Lost at Sea: An American Tragedy

Daniel Boxberger, To Fish in Common: The Ethnohistory of Lummi Indian Salmon Fishing

Ivan Doig, The Sea Runners



Seawulff :


Directions to Seawulff in Olympia: Find Capitol Blvd., the main north-south corridor in downtown Olympia. Go north all the way to the Farmer's Market roundabout and take the first right. Take the third left, which is Marine Drive. Ahead on the right you'll a bunch of sticks coming up out of the water (these are technically knows masts--you knew that, right?). That's Swantown, the Port of Olympia marina. Seawulff is docked at Dock A, which is the next to the last dock. She's on the second pier, out at the end with Resolute. To park, backtrack to the grassy (the old, beaten down grassy, not newly planted grassy) area near the port office.


Note: Crews will change twice during this itinerary. Your crew's leg will consist of between 8 and 10 days of boat travel. The entire group will also travel to Victoria BC, Port Townsend and Anacortes as part of an additional field trip on land, which is included in this itinerary

Week/Date Site Visits Seawulff Travel/Hbr. Lavengro Sophia Christina Crew Info
Week 5/ Th. April 29 Departure Olympia to Gig Hbr. Seattle to Gig Hbr.  

Crew A begins: 12 on Lavengro; 6 on Seawulff

F. April 30 Tacoma Gig Harbor Gig Harbor    
S. May 1 Blake Isl. Blake Isl. Blake Isl.    

Week 6/ S. May 2

  Ft. Flagler Ft. Flagler    
M. May 3 Straits Crossing Spenser Spit Spenser Spit    
T. May 4   Sucia Island Sucia Island    
W. May 5   Sucia Island Sucia Island    
Th. May 6 Roche Hbr. Reid Hbr. Reid Hbr.    
F. May 7 Brit. Camp Reid Hbr. Reid Hbr.    
S. May 8 Friday Hbr. Turn Island Turn Island    Crew A leg ends
Week 7/ S. May 9 Travel to BC SW to Anacortes     Victoria Youth Hostel-All
M.May 10 Victoria       Youth Hostel--All
T. May 11 PT by P.M.       Ft. Flagler--All
W. May 12 Anacortes       Washington Park--All
Th. May 13 Anacortes       All but Crew B return home
F. May 14 Provisioning       Crew B
S. May 15   Sucia   Sucia Crew B starts--13 total
Week 8/ S. May 16   Bedwell   Bedwell  
M.May 17   Montague   Montague  
T. May 18   Nanaimo   Nanaimo  
W. May 19 Museum/Newcastle Nanaimo   Nanaimo  
Th. May 20       Cowichan  
F. May 21 Crew B at Cowichan museum; Crew C at Pacific Challenge, PT Sydney Port Townsend Sydney Crew C joins Lavengro -- 18
S. May 22   Anacortes Anacortes   Crew B ends; 6 of Crew C join Seawulff
Week 9/ S. May 23   Sucia Sucia    
M. May 24   Sucia Sucia    
T. May 25 Roche Hbr. Reid Reid    
W. May 26 Brit. Camp Reid Reid    
Th. May 27   Port. Townsend Port Townsend    
F. May 28   Blakely Hbr. Blakely Hbr.    
S. May 29 Winslow/Andrew Price Blakely Hbr. Blakely Hbr.    
Week 10/ S. May 30 Home! Olympia Seattle    

Crossing international boundaries will make you subject to United States and Canadian Customs Service and Immigration inspection. U.S. citizens are required to carry a minimum of two pieces of identification, such as a driver's license and proof of U.S. citizenship (Birth certificate, U.S. passport, or expired U.S. passport).