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Saturday, February 17, 2018

lake union drydock co.

Lake Union Drydock Co. is one of my closest neighbors in Eastlake, occupying a couple blocks on the banks of eastern Lake Union. I'm working on getting inside the facility and onto their docks for closer sketching, but for now I'll be content capturing interesting land/water scenes from the many viewpoints on shore.

They've been in operation for almost 100 consecutive years, and are one of the only all-wood docks left in the city. LUDD has mostly been in the boat repair business, but back in the early 20th century they made a few dozen patrol & recreation boats, and even several minesweepers in the 1940s. [source]

LUDD leases some of their dock space to Seattle Seaplanes, as well as for moorage for recreational boats.

The Sandra Foss, a tugboat, has been docked for several weeks, presumably getting repairs. The boats here become such a fixture that it's a little sad when you go out one day and see a big hole where they used to be. 

A quick sketch of some administrative buildings, accessible by bridge.
I want to come back and do a better drawing here when it's not raining!  


  1. Wonderful commentary and sketches. Thanks for sharing.

  2. These are great! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wonderfully expressive sketches, and I also like the subjects you choose.