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Heath Shipyard (Seattle, Wash.)

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: In 1909, Edward Heath constructed a wooden boat shipyard on an oxbow meander of the Duwamish River. Heath soon became insolvent, and William Boeing, for whom Heath was building a hugely expensive and luxurious yacht, bought the shipyard and land for ten dollars, in exchange for Boeing's acceptance of Heath's debts. Boeing required a larger facility for the production of his airplanes, and with the completion of the Duwamish channelization project in 1916, the Heath Shipyard was an ideal location for the production of wooden seaplanes. The Boeing Company moved into the Heath Shipyard in 1917 and began producing aircraft from the simple barn-like structure, known as the Red Barn.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William E. Boeing Sr. Papers

Identifier: 2005-10-06-B
Abstract William E. Boeing, Sr. (1881-1956) was an aviation pioneer and founded The Boeing Company in 1916. The collection holds textual materials, such as correspondence, philately, business-related materials, clippings, and ephemera, as well as photographs and illustrations related to his personal and business life, circa 1783-2008. Major areas of interest include family photographs and extensive personal and business-related correspondence.

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