Vehicle in Puget Sound off Emma Schmitz View Point

Horns are sounding from a vehicle that appears to have drove off Beach Drive at Emma Shcmitz View Point right now. We have called 9-1-1 and the SPD and Harbor Patrol on their way.  The vehicle’s lights are still blinking.

We will update this post when we have more information.

2:58 am UPDATE: Scupper was first on the scene, immediately followed by the SFD. SPD and Harbor Patrol. It appears that the vehicle left Beach Drive without a driver.

A concrete block landed on the passenger side of the vehicle that may have been placed on the gas pedal.

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Currently the tide is on the way out.

There is no sign of passengers in or around the vehicle.

Micro Libraries on Beach Drive

Micro-libraries are springing up all over and on Beach Drive, we have at least two (please let us know if we’re missing any)! These private mini-libraries offer free books and often encourage the community to borrower a book and perhaps, leave or donate a book. Each micro-library has their own unique design and personality.

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This is the first micro-library that I noticed on Beach Drive. It’s located by 4171 Beach Drive.

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This micro-library is located at 4710 Beach Drive, features a mini-garden along with a couple of chairs to relax in, should you decide to start reading there.

Want to find other micro-libraries in your area? Check out http://littlefreelibrary.org  which features an interactive map.  I wasn’t able to locate our Beach Drive libraries on the map – however, you’ll notice there are several others located in West Seattle.
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I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite a while…you could say it’s over-due. :)

Baby Seal off shores of 4800 block Beach Drive

There’s a very young seal pup that is currently swimming around the 4700-4800 block of Beach Drive. Right now you can hear the youngster calling for (I imagine) their mother.  Earlier this morning the youngster was beached on the shores when the tide was down.  Seal Sitters did photo graph and document the pup and remind everyone to leave this cute pup alone and contact Seal Sitters should he/she wind up on the beach again.

Coast Guard hanging out off of Beach Drive

If you’re wondering what the Coast Guard has been doing hanging out off the shores of 5000 block area of Beach Drive, they were called in for a boat that was near the seawall from a buoy coming loose.  We witnessed a small boat in that area which could have been the one the caused the concern. It appears it safely made it’s way out of the area and the Coast Guard has left the area.  There is a buoy near the bulkhead that seems to have broke loose.  We’re experiencing a decent amount of chop in the water which can loosen buoys and/or boats.

Here is the current Puget Sound Marine forecast:

TONIGHT
SW WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SHOWERS AND
SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS IN THE EVENING…THEN RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRI
SW WIND 10 TO 15 KT…RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO
2 FT…BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. RAIN LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN A
CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRI NIGHT
SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT…BECOMING S 10 TO 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF
SHOWERS.

SAT
SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT…BECOMING S 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.
WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT…SUBSIDING TO 1 FT OR LESS IN THE AFTERNOON.

If you have a buoy, if nothing else, this could serve as a good reminder to double check yours.  The person who installed our buoy recommends inspecting chain and shackles every two years after installation (why not check every year?).  We wound up having to replace a good portion of ours recently after five years.

Garage sale this Saturday at 4620 Beach Dr SW

This garage sale is NOT TO MISS! The owner’s are really nice folks but… really have no idea how highly valuable their loot is. Rumor has it that they’re unloading priceless paintings for only a couple of bucks. This is just one of many items that have spent years collecting dust in their daughter’s closet…

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Other items include several jewels of the Queen said to be still lingering under the cushion of this plush throne…

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Hope to see all you treasure hunters bright and early this Saturday & possibly Sunday starting at 9:00 AM…and to receive the super “whamo deal”, make sure you tell them Scupper sent you!!!

 

PS: If you have a garage or yard sale around Beach Drive that you’d like to promote – drop us a line!

 

Scupper, schlepping for Beach Drive Blog

Just doesn’t sit well…

UPDATE 8;47 PM 5/16/2014: We visited the site. The party is on… the chair is gone.

The now infamous Lazyboy of Beach Drive sits at party central in Mee-Kwa-Mooks park. This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post where a neighbor wanted someone to claim their chair that was left in front of their house.

IMG_2645A good perch for a “Mr. Rogers” type father figure to deliver a fireside chat?? Naw, more like a raging hot spot for delinquents to bust up some more PBR 40 ouncers and maybe a virgin sacrifice topped off with a chair burning ceremony!  Not that I’m against all that… just not in our parks please.

NOTE: Another neighbor to the park has called the Park’s Dept to haul it away before tonight’s festivities.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog.

Is this your chair?

We had a request from a Beach Drive neighbor:

Earlier today, there was a white chair sitting outside of a house on Beach Drive between LaRustica and 61st and Beach Drive with a “Free” sign on it.

Unfortunately, I can’t remember the exact place.

Well, nobody seemed to be interested because whoever it was, dumped the chair at the corner of 56th Ave SW and SW Oregon.

Perhaps if you post a picture of the chair, it might pique someone’s memory and we can track down these litter bugs…

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So if this was your chair… or if you would like a free chair, please swing by 56th and Oregon and pick it up. :)

Sunny flash-back Thursday on Beach Drive

The super fine folks at the the Southwest Seattle Historical Society dug up another vintage photo for us to enjoy…

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The caption read: “Beach area below Jacobsen Dr on the left approximate location of Emma Schmitz and the houses on what was the orginal orchard area (of the Schmitz estate).”

I lined up the houses and vacant lots in the photo to put the circa between 1921-25. It appears that the old seawall was quite a bit higher and set back further than the current seawall constructed in 1927.  The one remaining mystery of this historic photo is the house(s) to the far north/left. Are they the houses at the north end of the park or were homes at one time built on the wider strip of land of the park? I’m thinking the cameras were just that much better in the 20′s :)

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The above photo was taken yesterday at low tide. The kids were splashing around where the old sewer/run-off  structure is now. If you’re thinking the water must’ve been freezing and it must’ve been some sort of a double-dog-dare, think again! I measured the water temp in the shallows to be around 75 degrees…no fool’n!!

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As far as the “original orchard” is concerned, a life long resident in the area told me that this is likely the last remaining fruit tree still standing from the original Schmitz family estate (now Mee-Kwa-Mooks park)…

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Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Tribute to a Beach Drive yacht that served her country

 

What better time than opening day of boating season to look back at a local legend? The Schmitz family yacht named Sans Souci II was 50′ long and weighed in at 8 tons. Built in 1907, she would’ve been 107 years old today! The following photo appears to be during an opening day parade between 1907 to 1917.

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After a decade of pleasure use, she was drafted into service by the navy and renamed the USS Sans Souci II.

Sans Souci H, a wooden boat built during 1907 by Frank Tregoning’s yard at Seattle, Wash., was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 15 June 1917 following United States entry into World War I; delivered to the Navy on 9 July 1917 by her owner, D. G. Schmitz of Seattle; and commissioned on 1 August 1917, Chief Boatswain’s Mate R. W. Capps, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to local duty within the 13th Naval District, Sans Souci II operated on patrol duty from Seattle until September 1917. She also served, briefly, as a tender to Philadelphia (Cruiser No. 4), the receiving ship at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash., during late 1917. Sans Souci II resumed patrol duty in Puget Sound, frequently operating with, or alternating with, SC-300, until 23 December 1918. She then remained inactive until decommissioned on 7 February 1919 and was struck from the Navy list the same day. Ordered returned to her owner on 26 March 1919, Sans Souci II remained on yacht registers into the early 1930′s.

This rare photo, courtesy of the fine folks at The Log House Museum/SWSHS, show her freshly decommissioned and still in uniform…

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Circa 1919, anchored in front of the Schmitz family estate (mansion in background) which is now known as Mee-Kwa-Mooks Park on Beach Drive SW

Soon after decommissioning, this WWI veteran resumed her duty as a pleasure yacht. Here she is in of my favorite photos entertaining some beach Drive residents in their groovy roaring 20′s swimwear…

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 Photo courtesy of Log House Museum/SWSHS book “West Seattle”

If some evening you’re awakened by a deep rumbling off the shores of Beach Drive, just might be the ghost of the Sans Souci II making way towards Alki Point!

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 Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Found Dog: Small Black Pug-ish Dog

This in tonight:

Can you please post this found dog?  I know someone must be looking for him.  Very sweet…..playing in my backyard on 63rd SW.

Found running loose this afternoon on 61st SW and Hinds…..no collar.

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