What started as a centennial project over ten years ago has nearly reached completion as the third and final phase for the Seward Mariners’ Memorial waits for further funding. The newest uplands breakwater installment at the entrance of the Seward Small Boat Harbor has become the site for the Seward Mariners’ Memorial. With the first two installments of the project completed, with a lighthouse and brick inlaid compass rose completed, the third and final step is to create a wave wall and sign, with benches and landscaping to finish off the nearly completed landmark. Although Seward originally got its start thanks to the Alaska Railroad and was founded off the shores of Resurrection Bay in 1903, it is the fishing and maritime industry that is truly responsible for sustaining our town into what it has grown into today. Although Seward has had a long relationship with the ocean just off its shores, it wasn’t until the Seward Mariners’ Memorial was proposed as a centennial project in 2003 that the ball got rolling for Seward to gain a memorial for its fallen seamen. In fact, until Seward had this project undertaken, our town was one of the few seaside Alaskan communities that did not have a mariners’ memorial. Considering Seward was the original Alaskan Gateway to the interior thanks to our year-round ice-free port, it made sense to have a memorial that gave recognition to Seward’s seafaring heritage.
Last Saturday was a good day for viewing a sailboat race from the shore. It was not foggy, not rainy, and not in blinding sunlight. The race was called the Rum Doodle Cup, after its First Prize, and the five entrants were crewed exclusively by women, as has become traditional on this yearly occasion. The five boats in this year's race were Radiance, Tlingit, Lindsey II, Ulu and Off Tempo, skippered by Laurence Blakely, Marcy Baker, Lona Dentrone, Vicki Lewis and Terry Treibel, respectively.
There will be cake and light refreshments at next week’s celebration of Seward’s Founders’ Day – an annual event that recalls the establishment of a railroad town at the head of Resurrection Bay on Aug. 28, 1903.
Resurrection Bay Historical Society invites the public to join the festivities marking the 111th anniversary of the arrival of the landing party from the Santa Ana steamship. There will be a reception from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the Seward Community Library Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams.
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