Daily Archives: May 3, 2008

An island of shipbuilders

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Before the boutiques, condos and Volvos, Bainbridge Island was known for producing some of the finest 500-ton schooners and work-horse steamers in the world.

There’s not much left of that not-too-distant past. Blakely Harbor, once a forest of sails, riggings and masts, has only a few blunted pilings to hint at where the Hall Brothers Shipyard sprawled along the northeast shore. Winslow, where Hall ships were launched after 1900, bares even fewer markers.

You have to use a lot of imagination to picture the old shipworks now. To help get a sense of Bainbridge’s saltier days, maritime historian Gary M. White is coming to Eagle Harbor Books on Sunday to present dozens of rare photos and decades of research from his new book “Hall Brothers Shipbuilders.”

Read my story about White’s 35-year pursuit of all things Hall brothers below.

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