Tugboat Pumpkin Patch

On October 25 & 26, 2013 hundreds visited the Historic Ships Wharf for some Halloween Fun!
They found the perfect gourd for sea-themed jack-o’-lantern in the Northwest Seaport’s floating pumpkin patch! Little ghosts and goblins set sail for the haunted Historic Ships Wharf at South Lake Union, where spooky fall fun was found for the whole family!

PUMPKIN SHIP is being loaded by owner John Tibbs and Northwest Seaport volunteer George Strausser

PUMPKIN SHIP completed loading 300+ pumpkins at Kirkland City dock and voyaged to Lake Union Park’s Historic Ships Wharf Friday afternoon. PUMPKIN SHIP’s real life is that of F/V MOHAP. It is a 1938 35′X10′X4′ restored salmon/tuna wood double ender troller built in Lake Union, Seattle. It is owned by John and Brad Tibbs. Kirkland community members and employees from Alaska Structures joined the loading activities at Kirkland’s wharf (thank you!)

Hash House Harriers make Tugboat Pumpkin Patch visit Pumpkins were available to purchase to paint or carve and many sipped hot cider aboard the historic 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss as they explored the spooky ship and it’s pumpkin patch. Maritime-themed templates were available to help carve the perfect seaworthy squash. Folks of all ages arrived in all types of costumes.

Eric Hawley Giant Pumpkin Mermaid Oct 26 2013On Saturday, folks watched a giant pumpkin be transformed into a mermaid by carver Eric Hawley. He’s is a master sand sculptor and elevator mechanic by trade! Shane Briggs grew this 643-pound pumpkin which was featured at the 2013 Central Market weigh-in and placed 8th at the Scholz Pumpkin Palace weigh-in. (Some of us sailors were once 4-H’ers)

Sponsors and Partners

07 Nov 2013

September 2013: The Northwest Seaport Board of Directors wishes to thank 4Culture for their continued support. 4Culture Executive Committee recently approved $23,000 in emergency funding for Northwest Seaport for dry dock work on the Lightship No.83 “Swiftsure.” We’re grateful committee members value these National Historic Landmark vessels and view them as vitally important cultural resources of King County.


Seaport also wishes to thank Western Towboat Company for being Classic Workboat Festival 2013 Platinum Sponsor and for their vital care and towing services of Lightship Swiftsure. Tugs FLYER and WASP lovingly ushered Swiftsure to/from the shipyard.

Tugboat loaded with 300 pumpkins departs Kirkland for special destination

Otto Loggers looked out over a field of pumpkins during a recent visit to Remlinger Farms with his two daughters.

That’s when the idea sparked – a tugboat pumpkin patch.

He thought about “bringing pumpkins from a rural area to the city during the time of harvest,” said Loggers, who is the executive director of Northwest Seaport, a maritime heritage organization that shares the history of National Historic Landmark vessels docked at the Historic Ships Wharf in Seattle’s Lake Union Park.

He spoke with Will Hart, who owns the Carnation farm with his wife Diane.

“He said, how many pumpkins do you want – one, two, three, 400?” Loggers recalled.

They settled for more than 300.

And on Friday morning, Loggers and some volunteers loaded the donated pumpkins onto a tugboat in Kirkland before it went underway to Seattle, where they will serve as a pumpkin patch for families on Friday and Saturday.

Kirkland company Jordan River Moving & Storage picked up the pumpkins at Remlinger Farms and transported them on Friday at no cost to the pier behind Anthony’s Homeport on Lake Street. Loggers and Northwest Seaport volunteers John Tibbs and and George Strausser unloaded six pallets full of pumpkins.

“The tugboat pumpkin patch is an event to celebrate the harvest season in a very unique way,” Loggers said. “This new event at its root celebrates the connection between land and sea.”

But the idea has also bridged local connections.

Northwest Seaport used to moor three vessels in Kirkland before it moved to Seattle in 1980: the Wawona, the Lightship Relief and the Arthur Foss tugboat.

Loggers said the organization will host its first tugboat pumpkin patch on Oct. 25-26 aboard the historic Arthur Foss, which is now permanently moored at Lake Union Park.

Before the wooden tugboat was moored in Kirkland, it towed lumber and grain laden square-rigged ships across the Columbia River Bar, according to the National Park Service.

Loggers said the Foss also served as the set for the filming of the 1933 MGM classic motion picture “Tugboat Annie.”

“We had many children in Kirkland schools who would board our vessels,” Loggers said.

The Wawona was used as a haunted ship during Halloween, when kids acting as “haunting ghosts” would grab people’s ankles as they climbed the ship’s ladder, according to the Kirkland Heritage Society.

The activity on Friday also connected agricultural life to the Kirkland community.

While volunteers loaded pumpkins onto the tugboat, Alaska Structures employees, whose office overlooks the pier, gathered at the window and watched the activity. A group of 10 or so employees eventually wandered down to the pier.

“Are you pumpkin pirates?” Said Carolyn Bishop, an Alaska Structures employee.

Loggers explained to the group why the volunteers were loading pumpkins. Soon, the employees lent a hand to help load the pumpkins on the tugboat.

“Pumpkins are contagious,” Loggers laughed.

Tugboat Pumpkin Patch

The event runs from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and from 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 aboard the Arthur Foss.

Find the perfect gourd for your sea-themed jack-o’-lantern in the Northwest Seaport’s floating pumpkin patch. Round up your little ghosts and goblins and set sail for the haunted Historic Ships Wharf at South Lake Union, where spooky fall fun for the whole family awaits. Pumpkins will be available for purchase to paint or carve (or bring your own).

Costumes are encouraged, and kids will be welcomed to trick or treat from boat to boat along the wharf.

Proceeds from this event will help support Northwest Seaport’s youth education programs.

‘Pumpkin Ship’ delivers hundreds of pumpkins

07 Nov 2013

The pumpkin ship left Kirkland Friday morning, headed to Seattle’s Lake Union Park. The 1889 tugboat “Arthur Foss” landed there in the afternoon. Volunteers helped load hundreds of pumpkins donated by Remlinger Farms and transported to Kirkland by Jordan River Moving & Storage. The Northwest Seaport Crew sailed with the pumpkins.

Pumpkins will be available for purchase ($5 cash only) on Saturday at the Tugboat Pumpkin Patch at the Historic Ships Wharf at South Lake Union Park. Maritime themed templates will be available to help carve the perfect seaworthy squash. The event Saturday runs from 12-7 p.m.

Seattle Moving Company Jordan River Moving & Storage, Setting The Standard For Customer Care In The Moving Industry

30 Apr 2013

A Seattle moving company, Jordan River Moving & Storage, is now setting the standard for customer care in the moving industry. They took customer suggestions and feedback and purchased new air ride trucks for their moving company. This new trucks will help to cushion and protect customer belongings while in transit.

The air ride moving trucks they have purchased have state of the art air bag suspension for a smoother ride for the driver and the cargo. Customers can now rest a little easier knowing that their possessions are in good hands and on a great truck.

Spokesperson for the Seattle movers said, “These truck are a great addition to our company. Not only can we offer customers a little more peace of mind, but our drivers will be safer in these trucks. Sure we could have gone with a cheaper truck but we are always evolving our company to offer a better and more reliable service to our great customers in the Seattle area.”

Holiday Freebies Announced by Seattle Moving Company, Jordan River Moving & Storage

26 Apr 2013

Seattle moving company, Jordan River Moving & Storage is now offering holiday freebies to help with late season moving. These long distance moving freebies include 1 month storage and boxes, see website for details, just click on the coupon link at the top of their home page. To go along with these freebies they are offering a 3 day, 2 night complimentary vacation voucher to new moving customers for any of the following locations:

Las Vegas, Daytona Beach, Gatlinburg, Massanutten or Williamsburg Virginia, Palm Beach or Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Palm Springs or San Diego, California, Lake Tahoe, Puerto Vallarta, Nashville or Hawaii! You can also choose a Bahamas Celebration Cruise.

Customers can also choose a 3, 5, or 7 day complimentary vacation voucher for any of the following:

Royal Caribbean Cruise, Bahamas Cruise & Stay or Bahamas Resort, Orlando getaway, and Mexico!

Repeat customers have their option to choose any one of the complimentary vacation vouchers listed above or an all inclusive Mexico trip that includes airfare, accommodations, meals and activities!

Vacations are being offered through Sierra Vacations Group (425-780-7713) and are in no way are affiliated with Jordan River Moving. Jordan River Moving & Storage is only providing a voucher that you can use for discount on a vacation of your choice. You have up to one year to take your vacation but the voucher must be activated within 5 days of issue. A $19 activation fee per ticket is required on all weekend getaways, a $29 activation fee per ticket is required on all cruises (two ticket minimum).


April Honor Roll

26 Apr 2013

Once again Angie’s List picks Jordan River Moving & Storage for April Honor Roll.

AMSA Awarded

26 Apr 2013

AMSA awarded Jordan River Moving & Storage 2009 Certificate of Membership.