Fisherman and Swinomish Tribal Council member J.J. Wilbur invites us to learn about the Tribe’s First Salmon Ceremony and Blessing of the Fleet, as well
Since time immemorial, people have settled along the saltwater shores of what is today Washington State, supported by the rich maritime resources for food, shelter, inspiration, trade, and transportation. Today, Washington’s shores continue to serve as home to many vibrant maritime cultures. The stories of this place are diverse, complex, and constantly evolving. To help share these narratives, Maritime Washington uses three interpretive themes as an organizing framework: people, movement, and resources. Learn more about the people, places, and cultures that make up Maritime Washington by exploring this collection of stories from our shores. And be sure to check back frequently—we’re always adding new voices to this story bank.
Meet fish-tender and self-proclaimed “Boat Mom” Cathy Wade and learn about her 50+ years of maritime experience fishing between Bellingham and Alaska aboard the ferry-turned-fishing boat Chief Kwina.
Meet Joy Kacoroski—Interpretive Specialist for Washington State Parks—and learn how interpretation helps residents and visitors connect with and understand our maritime resources. Can you tell
Meet Ellie Kinley, a major voice for Tribal fishermen and for the protection of the Salish Sea. Growing up, she watched her dad participate in protests and her aunt protect Tribal village sites. Today, it’s her turn.
Hear from members of the Squaxin Island Tribe about their deep personal connections with the South Sound through oral history recordings with James Krise, Josephine Peters, Calvin Peters, and Mark Peters.
Meet Katherine Pogue, captain of the Lady Washington and true blue maritime enthusiast. It all began with a 5th-grade excursion to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, sparking a lifelong fascination with the sea. Today, she’s at the helm of the official state ship of Washington.