Stories of the Sea
Thursday, May 10

7 - 10 p.m.
Highliner Public House, Fishermen’s Terminal, 3909 18th Avenue West

Maritime Poetry and Music Slam!!! 
Limited to 15 performers.
Sponsored by Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Harley Marine and presented in cooperation with Pacific Marine Expo and National Fisherman. 





Free Fishermen's Terminal Walking Tour
Friday, May 11
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Sponsored by the Port of Seattle
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Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 12
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seattle Maritime Academy
4455 Shilshole Ave NW– just east of the Ballard Bridge

Don’t miss the boat at Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration! Want to pilot a tugboat or a ferry boat? Try your hand at welding? Mend a fishing net? Fire an emergency flare? Or be in a Survival Suit Race?  It’s the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day, sponsored by the Seattle Propeller Club and Port of Seattle at The Seattle Maritime Academy.

Experience Maritime Fun – Free Events
Free Argosy Ship Canal Tours
11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Presented by the Port of Seattle

Discover the working waterfront on the Ship Canal, check out Fishermen’s Terminal and learn about the Ballard Locks Centennial on this free one-hour tour. Board one-half hour prior to each departure from the Seattle Maritime Academy dock. There is a limit of 200 guests for each tour and four tickets per adult, 18 years or older. Tickets only available at the Festival.

Pilot a workboat at the full mission bridge simulator and engine room
Seattle Maritime Academy

The Academy provides the classroom instruction and hands-on training on working vessels that you need to prepare for a career in the regional and global maritime industry.

Try your hand at welding

Vigor partnered with South Seattle College to form the Harbor Island Training Center, the Classroom-In-A-Shipyard designed to meet the needs for all maritime companies in Puget Sound. Special thanks to West Coast Insulation

Kids – Build your own boat!
Center for Wooden Boats  

The Center is a maritime museum that brings people together through a shared passion or interest for boating, maritime skills, or just a love of the water.

Commercial diving demonstration and display Diver’s Institute of Technology

DIT has been training world-class divers since 1968.

Fishing Net Repair Demonstration
Island Net and Design

Try your hand at mending a fishing net.

NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Learn about tsunami research, acoustics, ocean circulation, and ocean observing systems.

Damage Control Trailer
U.S. Coast Guard - Hands-on practice with various types of flooding scenarios you might encounter on fishing boats.

Try your hand at tossing a heaving line and a life ring
Seattle Maritime Academy

Academy graduates fill vital roles in the maritime sector, including in commercial and passenger transportation, commercial fishing, deep sea sailing and the workboat industry.

Abandon Ship! – Learn about the 7 steps of survival at sea
Seattle Maritime Academy

The Academy offers high-quality, hands-on training to help professional mariners with the skills needed to advance their careers.

Oil spill clean-up products demonstration
Global Diving & Salvage

Over 35 years of experience in commercial diving, marine construction, environmental services, marine casualty response, and both topside and subsea inspection and testing services.

How to use flares and emergency signals

Since 1985, NPFVOA has teamed with the Coast Guard and led the way in developing the safety standards for the maritime industry.

Learn about our fisheries
NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Learn about salmon and marine mammals of Puget Sound and what NOAA is doing to recover endangered species.

Check out the ROV demonstration by the Port of Seattle

See what’s under the sea when you view the images from a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV). ROVs are unoccupied, highly maneuverable, and operated by a crew aboard a vessel.

Join in Survival Suits Races
Fisheries Supply, U.S. Coast Guard and Seattle Maritime Academy

Hourly Fisheries Supply $25 Gift Certificates for the fastest competitor in this on-the-shore event.


Vessel Traffic Monitoring System
Marine Exchange of Puget Sound

The Marine Exchange facilitates safe, secure, efficient and environmental responsible marine operations.


Dealing with Marine Debris
NOAA Marine Debris Program   

The NOAA Marine Debris Program leads national efforts to research, prevent, and reduce the impacts of marine debris.

Learn about nautical charting
NOAA National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey

Coast Survey provides navigation products and services that ensure safe and efficient maritime commerce on America’s oceans and coastal waters, and in the Great Lakes.

Check out the Port of Seattle Dive Team
Port of Seattle

The Port Police Dive Team use their specialized skills in underwater search and recovery of waterborne crimes, hull and pier sweeps as part of dignitary protection, and community events.


Learn about the science of oil spills
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration      

This is the center in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris.


Check out the Sea Scouts

Sea Scouting is America's premiere on the water high adventure and personal development program for over 100 years.



Special Events

Water Display
Seattle Fire Department, 11:15 a.m.

Tour a Seattle Fire Department Fireboat

Tour a U.S. Coast Guard vessel – on the plaza

EverGray Photo Booth

Food Trucks

Trident Seafoods’ Fin and Fork

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Secret Sausage


Other Displays

Port of Seattle

Seattle Propeller Club

Festival Information Booth


Port of Seattle / KEXP Entertainment Stage

Noon – 12:45 p.m.          The Not Its

1:15 - 2 p.m.                    Knut Bell and the Blue Collars

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.              The Knast


All events subject to change.



Thank you Seattle Maritime Festival and Maritime 101 Sponsors

It’s all about showcasing our maritime industry and celebrating its important role in our community and the regional economy. Today, the maritime industry has never been stronger – or more important to our region.  Our maritime industry is annually worth nearly $38 billion to state economy.

From April through June each year, join the celebration of our Five Star Working Waterfront at the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival during Maritime 101. This Fall, don't miss the Fishermen's Fall Festival and other free activities during our Seafood 101 celebration.

Seattle Maritime 101 is sponsored by a unique partnership between business, labor, industry associations and government.  To learn more about each of the partners, please visit the sponsor page on this website.

Presenting Sponsors - Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, and Harley Marine Services.

Industry Sponsors - Crowley Maritime and Foss Maritime.

Supporting Sponsors -  The Northwest Seaport Alliance. Seattle Maritime Academy - Seattle Central College, and Vigor.

Industry Partners – Columbia Bank, Compass Courses, Global Diving & Salvage, Island Tug and Barge, Jones Stevedoring, Manson Construction, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, Maxum Petroleum, Markey Machinery, International WorkBoat Show/WorkBoat magazine, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, Pacific Marine Expo/National Fisherman, SSA Marine | Carrix, Puget Sound Pilots, Washington Chain and Supply, and Western Towboat.

Industry Supporters - American Seafoods Group, Argosy Cruises, Bauer Moynihan Johnson, Fisheries Supply, Pacific Seafood Processors Association, Port of Everett, Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen, Track Your Truck & Straight North, Transportation Institute, and West Coast Insulation. 

Maritime Friends - American Waterways Operators, Ballard High School Maritime Academy, Center of Excellence, Marine Manufacturing & Technology, Skagit Valley College, The Center for Wooden Boats, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, King County Maritime, Lake Union Working Group, Manufacturing Industrial Council, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, Maritime Folknet, Museum of History & Industry, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Seattle Industrial Association, Northwest Marine Trade Association, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Northwest Seaport, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Puget Sound Maritime, Puget Sound Ports Council, Maritime Trades Department AFL-CIO, Sailors' Union of the Pacific, Sea Scouts, Seattle FIREBOAT Duwamish, Seattle Marine Business Coalition, Seattle Maritime Academy, Seattle Propeller Club, Tacoma Propeller Club, Transportation Institute, Virginia V Foundation, Youth Maritime Training Association, Washington Maritime, Washington Maritime Federation, and WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo.

Media Partners – KOMO Television, KEXP Radio, KIRO Radio, The Evergrey, National Fisherman, and WorkBoat Magazine.