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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Topic: Ballard

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May 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Tough tugs, big cargo and very long trips all the way to Alaska

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Sketched April 23, 2014

For those who work in the local maritime industry, boating season doesn’t start today. It’s a year-round occupation.

Once every three weeks, for example, Capt. Brent Bierbaum and the crew of the Arctic Titan load up their tugboat with food provisions and embark on a 1,400-mile journey to Alaska. The job: to transport a barge the size of a football field all the way to Whittier, a rail-yard outpost on Prince William Sound. From oil-train cars and refrigerated containers with frozen bread to machinery and even boats, the barge’s deck is packed five-stories high. Imagine maneuvering that load through tides and narrow inlets along the coast of Canada. “It’s a huge responsibility,” Bierbaum said.

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November 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Brewing a craft-beer inspiration

Sketched Oct. 17, 2013 In Seattle’s beer alphabet, “R” is for Rainier. But the beer hasn’t been brewed or owned locally since 1999. Another ‘r’ – this one lower case – brands the new toast of the town: Reuben’s Brews. In only three years, owner Adam Robbings has gone from concocting beer recipes in his garage to…

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October 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

A new purpose for ‘Edith’s House’

Sketched Oct. 16, 2012 The door of the gutted house was cracked open, but I didn’t see Edith Macefield’s ghost roaming around. You may remember her story. When Macefield died at age 86 in 2008, a five-story retail and commercial center was being built around her little Ballard house. Despite a $1 million offer from developers, she…

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September 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Feasting on scenery at Ballard Locks

Sketched Sept. 2, 2012 Not many Seattle locations are as visually stimulating as the Ballard Locks. Just think of everything you can see there: fine engineering in action, boats of all shapes and sizes, a bascule bridge, trains, the cycle of salmon life, public art, people, gardens, you name it. During my most recent visit, I…

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March 3, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Ballard once a city — ring a bell?

Sketched March 1, 11:46 a.m., 3:08 p.m. The bell inside the Ballard Centennial Bell Tower has been silent for almost 20 years, but 97-year-old advocate Bertha Davis is clamoring for it to toll again. The 1,600-pound bell hung above Ballard’s City Hall when the neighborhood was an independent city at the turn of the 20th century….

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June 18, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Lively days at the Ballard Locks

June 16, 11:01 a.m. [Click sketch to view larger] Unless he’ll already be on a boat, consider taking dad to the Ballard Locks on Father’s Day. From kayaks to luxury yachts and fishing boats, the steady flow of vessels between Lake Union and Puget Sound is enough to keep a guy like me entertained. They go…

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June 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM

A room with a view of fish

9:05 a.m. Even on a gray day, a visit to the Ballard Locks never disappoints. Taking cover from the early morning rain, I started my exploration at the fish ladder, where you can see the salmon swimming upstream to their spawning grounds. I would have never been able to tell what type of salmon I was…

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