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 during WWII. [source]
|Some charming sailboats moored up on the left, in front of various wooden sheds on docks used by the Drydock Co. Behind is the I-5 highway I wrote about earlier and the upper-class neighborhoods cresting Capitol Hill.|
|The Sandra Foss, a tugboat, has been docked for several weeks, presumably getting repairs.|
I recently learned that the Foss Maritime business started in nearby Tacoma, when a frustrated person sold his rowboat to Thea Foss for $5 in the late 19th century. She painted it white with green trim and turned it into a business asset; eventually leading the Foss family to own a fleet of tugboats, rowboats, sailboats, etc which they leased out for recreation and industry; today they are the largest tug/towing company on the west coast. Many Foss vessels are still painted white with green trim, as you can see here.
|A quick sketch of some administrative buildings, accessible by footbridge, during a drizzle. I enjoy how all the LUDD buildings are integrated with the lake.|
|LUDD leases some of their dock space to Seattle Seaplanes, where you can charter a flight for a aerial tour of Seattle, as well as for moorage for recreational boats.|