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Pioneers of the Ship Canal: Thomas Mercer & Harvey Pike
Pioneers of the Ship Canal: Thomas Mercer & Harvey Pike

During the first two decades of Seattle's history, two men stand out as the true pioneers of what we now call the Lake Washington Ship Canal. In this mini-documentary, hosted by local historian Jules James, actors re-create the contributions of Thomas Mercer and Harvey Pike.

This video is part of a series of short documentaries produced by Vaun Raymond for the centennial of the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks and Lake Washington Ship Canal.

See other stories in this series:

Seattle's Waterway to the World

A Glass Half Full: Native Americans & The Ship Canal

Shipyards & Boatyards of the Ship Canal

Legacy of the Locks & Lake Washington Ship Canal: Centennial Kickoff

Underground Tour of the Ballard Locks Pump Plant

Drawbridges of the Ship Canal

Fremont Bridge Hard Hat Tour

Halibut Schooner Vansee: Underway from the Locks for a Century

Nordic Roots of the Ballard Locks & Ship Canal

Making the Cut: Centennial Exhibit at the University of Washington

Fishermen's Terminal: Home Port on the Ship Canal

Chittenden & The Corps

Salmon in the City

Recreational Boating on the Lake Washington Ship Canal

Ron Bailey & The Tangents featuring Caela Bailey perform 'Take It to The Market'