Houseboats on Lake Union

As part of the MOHAI opening festivities yesterday, Helen and I took a cruise of Lake Union on the historic steamship Virginia V.

The tour was narrated by Seattle historian Jules James, who knows the lake better than the back of his hand.

Houseboats east side Lake Union small

We learned about the history of houseboats on both the east and west sides of the lake; about Boeing's early activities flying sea planes from the lake; about the development of Gas Works Park; and more. Helen said it was the best narrated tour she had ever heard, and I agree.

Below I've embedded a video I shot, slightly longer than a minute, showing just some of the houseboat communities along the east side of the lake. The sound quality is poor because of the strong wind, but you can probably make out Jules talking about the changes in houseboat populations over the years, as well as what the neighborhood did to stop the building of huge structures over the water from becoming a pattern.


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