Lake Washington Shipyard

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Lake Washington Shipyards was a shipyard in the northwest United States, located in Houghton, Washington (today Kirkland) on the shore of Lake Washington, east of Seattle. Today, the shipyards are the site of the lakeside Carillon Point business park.[1] The shipyards built many civilian and U.S. Navy ships.[2]


Anderson Shipyard circa 1900

Lake Washington Shipyard was founded in the 19th century as the Anderson Shipyard. This shipyard specialized in the construction of wooden tugs and ferries. In 1923, Anderson Shipyard was bought by Charles Burckardt and renamed Lake Washington Shipyards. The new shipyard converted to steel shipbuilding. During World War II, its workforce grew to 9,000 employees and it was a major repairer of small ships as well as a builder. Lake Washington Shipyards closed in 1960s and today, the commercial/residential development at Carillon Point occupies the site of the former shipyard.[3]

Ships built here[edit]

Ships built at Lake Washington Shipyards include (with launch dates). Many of the US Navy's AVP-class seaplane tenders were transferred to the US Coast Guard after World War II and redeployed as High Endurance Cutters and Ocean Station vessels:

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

The expansion Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League were based at the southern end of the property for their first ten seasons (19761985).[2]


  1. ^ Kirkland history, City of Kirkland, archived from the original on 2009-02-28, retrieved 2009-08-16
  2. ^ a b Stein, Alan J. (February 28, 2018). "Lake Washington Shipyards (Kirkland)". History Link. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lake Washington Shipyard history". Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
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  5. ^ Russ Knudsen, Kalakala timeline 1926 to present, MV Kalakala website/Black Ball Line, retrieved 2012-07-06
  6. ^ Rear Admiral Harold J. Seaborg, NOAA (Ret.). "Pathfinder - The Chronicle Of A Survey Ship". NOAA History. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  7. ^ John Cloud. "Leo Otis Colbert (1937-1941): The Survey on the Eve of War" (PDF). National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  8. ^ T. Colton (March 28, 2010). "NOAA Vessels (Before 1970)". Shipbuilding History. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.

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Coordinates: 47°39′24″N 122°12′26″W / 47.65667°N 122.20722°W / 47.65667; -122.20722