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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Topic: Lake Union

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September 5, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Colony of floating homes a center of attention

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Sketched Sept. 4, 2014

Considering it wasn’t in “Sleepless in Seattle,” the rundown floating home you see above attracts a lot of attention.

As I sneaked in to sketch on the swaying dock, curious paddleboarders came in close, and people on Jet Skis snapped photos with their smartphones. I also overheard a kayaker shouting to his fellow paddlers: “This is the oldest floating home in Seattle.”

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August 19, 2011 at 6:45 PM

From fishing boats to a community that floats

Sketched Aug. 3, 11:01 a.m. To understand the recent transformation of this shoreline on the east side of Lake Union, you have to go back to 2002. That’s when Wards Cove Packing Co. closed its salmon operations in Alaska and decided to turn its headquarters along Fairview Avenue East into a mixed-used waterfront community. For decades, fishermen…

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