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Harbor History Museum
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Gig Harbor
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Save America's Treasures

The Harbor History Museum will use the funds toward the conservation of the 1925 Shenandoah, one of the last remaining wood-hulled purse seiners built and fished in Washington State. Built by the Skansie Brothers Ship Building Company, the boat is the product of a deep-fishing and boat-building tradition brought to Puget Sound by Croatian immigrants. Its last two decades on the Salmon Banks also marked a significant period in women's history as women began to serve as crew and captains in the Northwest fishing fleet. The project will conserve the deck house and the fly bridge and will replicate the damaged original mast. The fully restored Shenandoah will be placed on display in the museum's new Maritime Gallery slated to open in 2025 as an integral part of the museum's role as memory keepers for fishing-focused way of life in the Puget Sound / Salish Sea area. The project will be matched with $130,638 in non-federal share.