Willapa Seaport Museum

Willapa Seaport Museum Astonishing Myriad of Marine Artifacts, Information, Insight, and Memorabilia. All of a Nautical Significance related to the Willapa Bay Area. Includes a Great Number of Grand Photographs, Paintings, Graphic Accounts, Colorful Murals, Displays and more

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving


Today is the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day (originally called Armistice Day) It became an observed holiday in 1938

Reminder that Willapa Seaport Museum will have a special open day on Monday, 11th Nov 2019 for Veterans Day.Free entranc...

Reminder that Willapa Seaport Museum will have a special open day on Monday, 11th Nov 2019 for Veterans Day.
Free entrance for Veterans and Active Duty and snacks for everyone.

Willapa Seaport Museum will have a special open day Nov 11th 2019. Free entry for all Veterans on Veterans Day 2019

Willapa Seaport Museum will have a special open day Nov 11th 2019.
Free entry for all Veterans on Veterans Day 2019

Happy Flag Day

Happy Flag Day

Happy Flag Day! Did you know that today’s holiday would not exist but for the actions of a 19-year old schoolteacher from Wisconsin?

In other words, anyone, anywhere can make a difference. :)

In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Waubeka, Wisconsin. He’d devised a simple class exercise for his students: They were to write essays about the flag in commemoration of the flag’s birthday on June 14.

Perhaps some of these essays mentioned the reason that June 14 is considered to be the flag’s birthday? It was on this day in 1777 that the Continental Congress first adopted a national flag for the newly declared American nation. Congress has made some changes since then, but the basic design of the flag remains the same: “thirteen stripes, alternate red and white” with a union of “thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Surely Cigrand could not have imagined where this simple class exercise would take him! He would end up spending literally the rest of his life fighting for a national flag holiday.

One year later, in 1886, he wrote an article for a Chicago paper, urging that the flag’s birthday be observed annually. He would eventually author hundreds of articles advocating for the June 14 holiday, and he delivered many speeches. By 1894, he had achieved a public school celebration of Flag Day in Chicago. More than 300,000 children attended! Many more private and state-level celebrations ensued over the next two decades.

On May 30, 1916, with World War I looming on the horizon, President Woodrow Wilson formalized something that people were doing on their own anyway. He issued a presidential proclamation declaring that June 14, 1916, would be the first annual national Flag Day celebration.

“Let us on that day rededicate ourselves,” he wrote, “to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers' first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded . . . .”

Cigrand unfortunately did not live long enough to see the end of the tale, because he died unexpectedly in 1932. Seventeen years later, President Harry Truman finally signed a congressional act that officially designated June 14 as Flag Day.

Today’s holiday is not only a celebration of our flag, but it is also a wonderful demonstration of what one determined individual can accomplish, isn’t it?
If you are enjoying the daily dose of history, please don’t miss the note in the comment string, below. Gentle reminder: History posts are copyright © 2013-2019 by Tara Ross. More on that below, too. :)

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National Maritime Day!

National Maritime Day!

Anyone who knows what this is please comment. We will tell you later who is correct. 😁

Anyone who knows what this is please comment. We will tell you later who is correct. 😁

PEZUTA being launched. Sanderson & Porter Shipyard, Raymond WA.

PEZUTA being launched. Sanderson & Porter Shipyard, Raymond WA.

Good time with the 4H museum club!

Good time with the 4H museum club!

Aidan solved the code and found the treasure hidden in the capstan! The museum keepers club at the Willapa Seaport Museum meets on the first Saturday of the month in the museum at 11AM. You too could join and find your own treasure.

Museum Keepers 4-H Club

Museum Keepers 4-H Club

We have finished two new WW1 displays at the museum. One contains the field uniform of a WW1 marine. The other is a dres...

We have finished two new WW1 displays at the museum. One contains the field uniform of a WW1 marine. The other is a dress blues for a WW1 marine. Also in the case are items from the US Army Transport Service.
Drop on over and look us up.

Pacific County 4-H

Pacific County 4-H

4-H Club looking for youth age 11 and up!

From the Willapa Seaport Museum

From the Willapa Seaport Museum

Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Starting downtown Raymond at 6pm; the Downtown Raymond Lighted Christmas Parade!

It’s not raining! Come join us!

Historic Vessel Vega

Historic Vessel Vega

A special thanks to Bruce McNab for sending me this film about rope making in the worlds longest continuiously active rope walk. If you enjoy my posts have a look at the video collection on my page and please do like the page. The Master Ropemakers posted more information on what they are doing below. I'm repeating it here to make sure you see it. "We're open this year until the 2nd December for visitors but are running some limited behind the scenes tours from the 3rd to the 8th December - http://thedockyard.co.uk/.../thankstoyou-behind-the.../ " If you are in the area be sure to give them a visit.


October 30 & 31, 1881

Saving the crew of the LAMMERLAW

From the U.S. Life Saving Service reports of 1883

October 30, 1881. ~ At 5 o’clock in the morning the British iron bark, Lammerlaw, of Liverpool, England, bound from Newcastle, Australia, to Portland, Oregon, with a cargo of 1,125 tons of coat, mistaking the Shoalwater Bay light for that at Cape Hancock (Cape Disappointment today), struck on the south end of the north breakers, north of the entrance to Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory, about seven miles from shore. There was a very heavy sea at the time of the disaster, and the atmosphere was obscured by frequent squalls. Two hours later, at 7 o’clock, Mr. Albert T. Stream, the keeper of Life-boat Station No. 2, Twelfth District (Shoalwater Bay), went out on the hill near the station to take a survey of the bar with the glass, but could see nothing, as a big squall from the south-west was sweeping across the horizon. At half-past 8, going over to the Shoalwater Bay light-house near-by, he met Mr. Sidney Smith, the light-keeper, who told him that he had caught sight of a vessel in the breakers. Keeper Stream at once determined to go out, if possible, to the rescue. His initial difficulty was to procure a crew, as the station at this lonely point is quite isolated. The main reliance was upon an indian village about two miles from the station, and thither, at the request of Keeper Stream, the light-keeper hurried to endeavor to muster a crew. In this endeavor he failed, only three indians being willing to face the high winds and raging sea (note: the three were Chief Ma-tote aka Toke, called Lighthouse Charley, Ma-tote’s son George Allen Charley who became Chief Charley in 1889, and Indian Bob), he kept on to South Bend Mills, about fifteen miles distant, where he got the tug South Bend to come down with some men. They arrived at the station about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Keeper Stream, with the aid of Assistant Light-keeper Tilben and several ladies belonging to the mission, had launched the surf-boat and got ready for the enterprise. Seven men had been brought down by the tug, and they took their places at the oars. The start was then made, the surf-boat being in tow of the tug.
For about three miles of the stormy journey the tug continued to tow the boat, but darkness fell and the surf ran very heavily, and the captain, in view of the increasing danger made by the wild night and sea, refused to tow the surf-boat further. The staunch and steadfast spirit which Keeper Stream showed all through this adventure now came out in the request to the captain of the tug to stand by him until morning. This solicitation, however, was negatived. The captain of a San Francisco schooner was on board the tug, and four of his sailors formed part of the volunteer crew of the surf-boat. The keeper failing to get the tug to remain through the night, now tried, with the consent of these men, to induce their captain to allow them to stay with him, but he would not consent, and the men were reluctantly obliged to go on board the tug, which put back to South Bend, leaving the brave keeper no course (since to remain or to go on was now impossible) but to pull back to the station in the dark against the tide, with only three men left to help him, one of them named Field, having previously served at Station No. 3 (Cape Disappointment).
The station was reached by half-past 8. After sending the three men with him to bed, with the warning to be ready for action in the morning, the keeper started out and burned some Coston signals (signal flair) to the distant wreck, to let those on board know that help was coming. There were fifteen men, including the captain, on board the stranded vessel. They saw the keeper’s lights, and after a little while he beheld the dark horizon flair for a few moments with their answer. Then he set out through the darkness for the Indian village, and roused the three men, Light-house George, Light-house Charley, and Indian Bob, who had been willing to go out in the boat the day before. They were of the same mind still, and accompanied him back to the station.
The tug promised to return by daybreak, but did not reach the station until half-past 10 in the forenoon. The keeper, however, did not wait for her. Before dawn he assembled his crew of six men, and after getting something to eat, they manned the surf-boat and started. It was 3 o’clock in the morning. They pulled down the bay against the tide for six miles; then, as the sea grew rougher, they were compelled to anchor and wait for daylight.
When the day broke it disclosed the vessel only a mile away. She lay with her hull well buried in the turbulent floods, and the surf every moment flying great sheets over her. The black figures of her men were all seen aft, some upon the top of the cabin, some up in the mizzen rigging. All around this lamentable sight the sea ran and burst terribly. The time had come for the surf-boat to make her perilous advance to the rescue, but at the spectacle of the stretch of raging water which daybreak had revealed, two of the Indians in the boat quailed, and refused to row, declaring that it would be impossible to get nearer the wreck. The third Indian, Light-house George, behaved nobly and stood by his oar. But the others were inflexible in their dismay, and the baffled keeper, unable to go on without their aid, was obligated to wait until the tug came.
This was not until noon. As soon as the tug came snorting into view the keeper rowed up to her and changed his two Indians and two others of his men for four of the men she had on board. The start was then made for the wreck, the danger and the difficulty increasing at every boat’s length. The whole region is one of extensive shoals, and consequently of broken water when any swell or sea is on. In the tempestuous weather of the last two days the great field of shallow waters literally raged, and the wreck stuck out aslant, the center of an abattis of flying chutes and cataracts. There was positively no lee for the boat’s approach; the breakers ran and volleyed around the hull on every side. Amidst this turmoil the boat inched up to the wreck, the men keeping a terrible grip upon the oars and strained for their hold against the sea. Once the boat half filled and was quickly bailed, and an oar snapped in twain, but finally, by hazardous maneuvers, eight of the men upon the wreck were taken off, two of them being hauled through the surf by a line. One of the eight was the captain, who was disabled, haven been knocked down by the wheel when the vessel first struck. Another tug, the General Garfield, had made its appearance upon the scene, and lay at the edge of the breakers, three-quarters of a mile away; and the keeper finding it impossible in such a sea to attempt to get more into the boat so heavily laden, made his way for this tug, and put the eight men saved on board her. He then returned to the wreck and entered upon another struggle for the remainder. The boat was twice half filled in this encounter, another oar was broken, and the keeper was once thrown down and his right arm hurt, but one by one the seven men on board were rescued, and by 3 o’clock in the afternoon the gallant keeper and his men rowed out of the array of breakers to the tug South Bend, upon which he placed his pleiad of saved. The tug then took the surf-boat in tow and foamed back to the station.
Thus ended this fine rescue, which might have been accomplished twenty-four hours earlier if Keeper Stream could have promptly got together a crew. Without the intervention of the keeper the long and miserable vigil of the unfortunate crew of the Lammerlaw, held above their surf-buried hull, would have had a tragic ending. They had no means of escape from their perilous situation. A life-boat which the vessel had on board was smashed to pieces before it could be got from the deck, in an effort to launch when the bark first stranded. After this disaster there was no moment which the men upon the wreck did not feel might be their last. Even when the surf-boat came upon the scene and entered upon its hazardous and daring maneuvers for their deliverance, the moments were still fraught with peril - peril, indeed, graver and more imminent, since the issues are those of immediate life or death in the hour when the surf-boat engages in its combat with the sea.
Keeper Stream’s labors did not end with the rescue of the crew of the Lammerlaw...but that's another story.

Willapa Seaport Museum


Special Event Notice!

Melissa Vergara
Public Information Officer

Willapa Seaport Museum will honor all Veterans with a special two-day event at the Seaport Museum, in which all visitors can enter free.

November 11, 2018 will mark the centennial of Armistice Day. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 was to be the end of the War to end all wars.

The Seaport Museum will host an Armistice Day commemoration of the event. At 10 am. Veterans, Legion members and limited seating for visitors will be open. At 11 am the bell ringing will commence followed by two minutes of silence. The names of Raymond’s WWI Veterans will be read as the final part of the tribute. There will also be guest speakers before the Museum doors will be open to visitors for the special free admission weekend.

The special hours will be 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Nov 11 and 12 pm to 4pm on Monday, Nov 12 to commemorate Armistice Day and Veteran’s Day. Visitors are encouraged to visit for the first time or revisit and see the relics of the Veterans that made the history of Armistice Day

The first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace. It started on Nov. 10 in the evening of 1919. The celebration was a banquet for the President of the French Republic. The first Armistice Day events took place the next day, November 11, on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

Another part of the tradition took place in South Africa where Sir Percy Fitzpatrick proposed a two-minute moment of silence. The first minute was to recognize the approximately 20 million lives lost. The second minute was to recognize the loss of the survivors of those that lost their lives in the war.
The Willapa Seaport Museum is a non-profit organization run solely by volunteers. Any donations to ensure the Seaport Museum continues to open it doors to the public is appreciated. Anyone that would like to volunteer is welcome to talk to a keeper on duty for details.
Regular winter visitor hours are Wed. through Sat. from 12 pm. to 4 pm. The entrance donation is five dollars per adult and anyone under 18 is free.

Blimey! Tomorrow, 19 September, is Talk like a pirate Day. If ye wants to sound more like a pirate thee here be some wor...

Blimey! Tomorrow, 19 September, is Talk like a pirate Day.
If ye wants to sound more like a pirate thee here be some words for ye.

Ahoy ~ Hello
Ahoy, matey ~ Hello, friend
Arrr! ~ An exclamation
Avast ye ~ Stop and pay attention
Aye ~ Yes
Batten down the hatches ~ A signal to prepare the ship for an upcoming storm
Bilge rat ~ Insult
Binnacle ~ Where the compass is kept on board the ship
Black spot ~ Death threat
Blimey! ~ Something said when one is in a state of surprise
Booty ~ Treasure
Cockswain ~ The helmsman
Come about ~ Turn full around
Crow's nest ~ The place on the ship where the lookout stand is built
Cutlass ~ Type of sword used by the pirates
Davy Jones' Locker ~ A watery grave
Duffle ~ A sailor's belongings
Head ~ Toilet on board the ship
Holystone ~ Sandstone that was used to scrub the deck on your knees
Hornswoggle ~ To cheat
Jacob's Ladder ~ Rope ladder that was used to climb aboard ships
Landlubber ~ A person who is not incredibly skilled at sea
Old salt ~ A sailor that has a great deal of experience on the seas
Orlop ~ Deck where cables are stored away
Parley ~ A conference attempting a truce
Powder monkey ~ A gunner's assistant
Privateer ~ Pirates who are sponsored by the government
Scallywag ~ A name that is used as an insult to someone
Scuttle ~ To sink a ship
Shiver me timbers ~ An expression used to show shock or disbelief
Three sheets to the wind ~ Someone who is quite drunk
Ye ~ You

I’m sure you can add some of your favorites in the comments.

Also, You can change your Facebook language to Pirate English in the settings.


310 Alder St
Raymond, WA

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Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00


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