EARLY YEARS  at  Lake Washington Shipyards

A prewar image of Anderson Shipyards at Houghton, Washington


Photo of Anderson Shipyards just before it was renamed Lake Washington Shipyard in 1923.


The ships were primarily made of wood. The wood beams and planking were all cut on sight.



Even Barges were made of wood.


This 1933 photo shows the curve in lake front road as it still exists :)


View a Video of "Waters Around" Lake Washington Shipyards.


Construction materials being chiefly of wood could have been trucked in barged in. The railroad could not be used so logs could have be transferred onto barges in Renton, or Kenmore from trucks or train cars. Perhaps the crane in the photo above was off loading construction supplies of all types required for ship construction.