Back to All Events

Crafting of an American Dream: The Skansie Shipbuilding Co.

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in September as Nathan Patrick visits Harbor History Museum to discuss the Skansie Shipbuilding Company.

The Skansie name is synonymous with quality and craftsmanship. Over two-hundred wooden vessels were launched from the ways of the Skansie shipyard between 1912 and 1959. These vessels kept the harbor running, fisherman filling their holds, and people traveling throughout the sound. The success of the Skansie Ship Building Co. is a testament to what can be accomplished through hard work, human ingenuity, and community. 

From Peter Skansie’s arrival in Gig Harbor to what remains of its structures today, Nathan Patrick will present the history of the Skansie Shipbuilding Co. and a detailed history of the purse seiner, Avalon.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. 

Admission is FREE for Harbor History Museum members and $5 for Non-Members. 

Tickets can be purchased and RSVPs can be made online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Seating is limited so RSVPs are encouraged. RSVPs may also be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at