imageWhen my daughter, Amy Royce and her family first moved to the Seattle, Washington area, I started looking around online to see what sights there might be for them to go visit. The first thing I came across was the Pacific Queen shipwreck. I was excited to tell them about a shipwreck in their area. I thought it might be a cool thing to go see. Amy researched it too, and found that it was on a private beach. We were disappointed, but I couldn’t get it off my mind.

Bob and I had a little time on Saturday, so we decided to head back out to Puget Sound. I got an idea to see if there was a place where we could actually see the ship, and found that we could see it from Picnic Point Park. While we could not get close to the private beach where the Pacific Queen rests, we were treated to some really good views of the ship, imageand I was so excited. This was something I really wanted to see.

I started researching the origins of the Pacific Queen online, I found that she was a old minesweeper. The ship was not wrecked, but rather brought to the site by a man who planned to salvage the metal on her. So the only wreck she had was when she was run aground to her final resting place. The Pacific Queen is one of 27 boats that were brought to the sight over the years, but she is the only one that really still resembles a ship. Several of the boats are underwater except during low tide, and those still look somewhat like ships too.

I admit that I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t an actual shipwreck, but then again, the ship was built in the 1800s. It was actually brought to its current location in 1929, and really has been an area attraction since that time. The best way to get up close is by kayak, but the beach is off limits. Apparently you can walk the distance from Picnic Point Park to the Pacific Queen during the low tide, but it is not recommended that you go onto the actual beach. Nevertheless, a few people have ventured close, and if the owner was in a good mood, they might have been treated to a few of the stories surrounding the boats and their arrival at the current sight.

imageIn the end, with the boat viewing and my research, I felt very pleased with this adventure. Whether she had wrecked or not, the Pacific Queen was a very cool boat. It was amazing to sit and wonder where she had been and what she and her crews had seen. A minesweeper must have been an important boat, and I would think that would be a dangerous job. If you didn’t see a mine and you bumped into it…well, it was all over for you. Nevertheless, the crews of the Pacific Queen must have been good at their jobs, because she survived the war and ended up on her current resting place, a ship of beauty and intrigue, sought out by many and having her picture on the Internet for all to see. I know that for me, it was a view I will never forget.

12 Responses to The Mystery Of The Pacific Queen

  • Great STORY.

  • I am an engineer with BNSF and have been by this ship many times as our main line goes right it

  • The sounder train passes right by it and slows considerably APPROACHING it when going southbound between the Mukilteo and edmonds stations. I get great views every morning on my way to work.

  • A couple friends and myself drank cold beers out on the bow of the ship back in high SCHOOL a couple of times which was in the early 90’s. Very memorable nights cuz its not often you get to do something like that out on an old boat like that. We were very quiet so as to not draw attention to ourselves and one of the nights there was a full moon, and it lit a path right to the bow of the boat! LIKE we could have jumped on the moon beam and walked right to the moon!! It really is a cool sight to see and I’ll never forget those memories.

  • I grew up right up the hill from Picnic Pt beach-always been a neat spot to take visitors/etc. The boat house that was there, lil south, was my fav-u rode the lil boats on railroad tracks and out the double doors to glide right into the sound!

    • That’s awesome. What a cool addition to my story. Thank you.

      • Showing all caps, for some REASON…

        My great grandfather, Arvid Franzen, a marine engineer, pulled up the shipwreck to their homestead, at PICNIC POINT.

        My great aunt’s Sonja, HILDA, ANN, grandmother Sylvia, Arvid Jr grew up there, after moving down from Alaska.

        Arvid was of Swedish descent, and his wife was Inupiat eskimo.

        Kevin Charles, great grandson of Arvid Franzen

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