Scupper on the trail of the Polar Pioneer oil rig

Our intrepid reporter, Scupper, Captain of S/V Pointless, is currently on trail of the Polar Pioneer.

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Shell’s controversial oil rig is en route to Terminal 5 in West Seattle.

Stay tuned for more pictures from Captain Scupper as I will continue to update this post with photos as I receive them.

UPDATE 2:28 PM:  You can barely see West Seattle in the background as the Polar Pioneer makes her way closer to Terminal 5.

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Captain Scupper says, “There goes the neighborhood.”

UPDATE 2:39 PM:

Captain Scupper of S/V Pointless has just sent in this picture of the Polar Pioneer with Seattle in the distance.

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Along with this close up photo taken of the oil rig from the deck of Pointless.

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Captain Scupper does not see any kayakers from Portland…yet…

UPDATE 2:47 PM:

Captain Scupper has just sent a bunch more photos… they are all starting to look the same to me. Here’s a nice one of the Polar Pioneer posing in front of the Seattle skyline.

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UPDATE 3:05 PM:

Captain Scupper thinks he heard over the VHF that the Polar Pioneer is going to start drilling at this spot in Elliott Bay!

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Peavey Sawmill – A bit of Beach Drive’s colorful past

It was about a year ago to the day that I ran into a local historian and West Seattle legend, John Kelly. John was responding to an inquiry I had made regarding an old pier that was once said to serve the Mosquito Fleet at Weather Watch Park.

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I’m responding to your inquiry to Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. I am a lifelong WS resident as were my parents and grandparents. I am 92, but cannot say I pesonally saw the Floating dock there. However, there are photos, as I recall, at the Log House Museum on 61st.
There is a mural at the WS Junction on the east wall of the Campbell Building, Callifornia and Alaska St.(alley)

My mother’s family camped at Rose Lodge around 1905 just a block or two north of Carrol St.
My father’s family camped about a mile south next to the Peavey Sawmill, which was on the shore between Juneau & Raymond Streets during the same period. Piling remnants are still visible there.

I personally met with John at his apartment in The Kenney to pour over research and photos he’d compiled over the years about the historic Beach Drive sawmill. At low tide, we drove down to the actual site where a local resident was kind enough to allow us access to the beach, where at 92, John had no issue climbing down the rocks and driftwood to the weathered remnants of south Alki’s first industry…

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Site of the Peavey Sawmill circa 1905-1925 near the 5200 block of Beach Drive SW. Mr Kelly is seen standing amongst the pilings that once managed the large log booms brought in from tugs.

 

Mr Kelly mentioned that his uncle owned a summer property alongside of the mill where they would erect platforms & tent shelters for family gatherings on the beach.  Check out the corrugated siding of a mill building behind this reunion of fine ladies.

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John’s Aunt Caroline Kelly Houghton & friends photo taken in 1907

 

Although not quite 100% sure, John believes this next photo is likely a taken out in front of the mill where his family would fish and boat

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This tract map of 1912 clearly shows the location of the mill and nearby streets

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Mr Kelly wrote a detailed essay regarding the mill for the SW Seattle Historical Society click here to read. Beyond the essay, I recall John telling me about horse stables located across the street from the mill. In the early evening, the horses would pull wagons of finished lumber north along dirt roads to the paved street and electric streetcar line south of Alki Point near Orleans Street. After hours when regular passenger service closed for the day, the trolly line would serve to transport lumber & other commercial freight to Duwamish Head where more conventional transportation could be arranged.

He also made mention of the narrow stairway leading down to the beach from where Juneau street intersects with Atlas. Bears were often seen eating berries along the hillside!

PeaveyJuneauStThe stairs down Juneau Street are long gone but a green belt still exists. Photo taken at the top of Atlas Street.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

John C. Stennis CVN 74 returning home

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Rally to stop Cell Phone Towers near Alki Elementary tomorrow night

photo for press releaseEDITORS NOTE: The following was submitted by Barb Morgen:

Parents of students a Alki Elementary will join 50 neighbors and community supporters in attending the “Stop Alki Cell Towers” Information Rally and Demonstration on Alki Beach, Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m.  Rally will end with kids throwing 12 cardboard cell tower replicas into a fire pit, as a way of saying they don’t want 12 new cell antenna transmitters to be built so close to their school.  

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West Seattle Community Garage Sale on Saturday, May 9, 2015

garage saleThe ginormous West Seattle Community Garage Sale is coming up this Saturday. The weather for Saturday should be beautiful – which never hurts a successful garage sale. Check out the map for registered garage sales! 

If you are planning on having a garage sale on Saturday OR ANY DAY, and you’re a Beach Drive neighbor, we are happy to post it here.  Just send us an email with the nitty gritty and we will help spread the word.

 

Two West Seattle homes destroyed by fire yesterday

Two West Seattle families completely lost their homes yesterday from a devastating fire. Another home was damaged by the same 2-alarm fire as well.

If you are interested in donating, two “crowd funding” sites have been set up for the two families. Click here for Tom and Mary and here for Amy and John‘s fundraising sites.

UPDATE: Another crowd funding site has been added for the other home that was involved with fire. Click here for Ellie and her husband.

From West Seattle Blog:

Three Morgan Junction food/beverage establishments – Peel & Press, The Bridge, Beveridge Place Pub – will be donating a percentage of proceeds on Tuesday,according to Dan from P & P.

Just another day in the life of living on Beach Drive…

…actually, in the ten years we’ve lived on Beach Drive…this has to the first time I’ve seen this!

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It appears to be a photo shoot. I can barely make out the name on the back of the boat “Endurance” with a couple letters following. Any more info on this? I love it when Delta Marine test drives their mega-yachts in our back yard… Endurance  looks like it could a model from Hampton Yachts?

Awoken by a barking sea lion…low flying helicopter over a motorboat… just a typical week! 😉

Waking up to the beautiful sounds of a…

2015-04-15_0730…barking Sea Lion! This morning around 5:30 am, our household was jolted awake by the song of very loud sea lion. As I write this post, he (or she) is currently barking it up in front of Emma Schmitz View Point – enjoy!

 

UPDATE: FRANCI HAS BEEN FOUND! Have you seen Franci? Beagle – yellow lab mix older dog is missing.

UPDATE: Franci has been FOUND! She is reunited with her human. :)
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Francis (aka Franci) is missing from 4200 Chilberg Avenue SW. Last seen at 8:45 AM this morning, April 8, 2015.

Friendly older dog, beagle lab mix. 50 lbs. tan and white.  She is micro-chipped and wearing a turquoise patterned collar.

Please call 206.930.4593.

Her human is offering a reward.

We know Franci and she is a sweetie – we hope she’s reunited with her human soon!

 

Historic Photo of Beach Drive

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This was sent in by one of our Beach Drive neighbors:

House from the 30s torn down in the 60s with lot subdivided into three lots with middle lot now at 4731 Beach Drive. Note roof of current existing house in right side of photo with tile roof. Photo obtained from Puget Sound Regional Branch archivist.

Thanks for sharing!