Be a part of Ballard’s history this summer, and enjoy the commemoration of the Ballard Lock’s opening in 1917. The historic schooner Adventuress will pass through the locks and lead a marine parade of vessels from Salmon Bay into Lake Union re-creating the original opening day in an unforgettable tribute.
Beginning at 10am, attendees will have the pleasure of watching over 50 historic boats pass through the locks in a parade on the water. Take advantage of this special opportunity to see the Glory Be and Keewaydin, two beautiful vessels that glided through the locks in the original opening day parade of 1917. Spectators can also check out a 6-foot-long scale model of the S.S. Roosevelt- the first vessel to cruise through the Locks- on display during the event.
Sponsored by the Fremont Historical Society, the event will offer a variety of maps, photos, and information to illustrate the positive impact the Ballard Locks had on the transformation of the Fremont neighborhood. Like-minded organizations such as the Rainer Valley Historical Society, Friends of the Ballard Locks, Maritime Folknet and HistoryLink.org will aid in commemorating this centennial event with additional information that boasts the historical significance of the locks and the importance of the Pacific Northwest waterways in connecting us from one neighborhood to the next.
Learn more about this completely free event here.
Fun facts about the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks*:
*According to ballardlocks.org.
Visitors of the Locks Agree…
“The Ballard Locks is a cool place to check out; they are basically an elevator for ships between Salmon Bay and Lake Washington- because of their different water levels. I've never seen a locks system before, and it was an interesting (albeit slow) experience watching ships come into and out of Salmon Bay.” – George L., Yelp
“We enjoyed trying to decide which variety of salmon we were seeing using the picture guides posted on the walls. The kids we were with (ages two through eight) really seemed to enjoy walking around, watching the boats, and searching for salmon. We also saw a train crossing the bridge over the waterway and watched the same bridge open to allow a boat through.” – Allison B., Yelp
“If you and your kids are into this kind of thing the locks are a fun stop. Inside the visitors center they have windows that are underwater so if the salmon are running you can see them!!! Worth a stop if you are touring Seattle!” – NJ Robin, Tripadvisor