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Foss Waterway Seaport schedules celebration for first display of Bill Somers’ Mosquito Fleet collection: June 11

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on May 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
May 31, 2011 12:43 pm

As promised, the Foss Waterway Seaport will open its “Wheels, Whistles and Wonder: the Extraordinary Maritime Collection of Bill Somers” beginning on June 11.

The exhibit is taken from the extensive hoard of maritime artifacts assembled by Bill Somers, a local winemaker who saw the historic value of artifacts that once were destined for the wrecking yard.

The exhibit comprises some 1,500 items – from ships wheels to photographs, from life rings to binnacles – that primarily tell the steam-powered story of Puget Sound’s Mosquito Fleet.

The collection was purchased thanks to donations from South Sound philanthropists Jim Milgard and George Russel. The News Tribune business section has written stories concerning the effort involved – especially by Seaport head Tom Cashman – to save Somers’ museum from being disassembled and put up for auction.

Admission to the exhibit will be $7, with reductions for seniors, youth and retired military personnel. Foss Waterway Seaport is located at 705 Dock St. alongside Thea Foss Waterway.

The Grand Opening celebration will feature steamboat-era music plus various interactive maritime and historic displays. Festivities begin at 10 a.m.

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