The Maritime Heritage Center highlights Anacortes’ traditions of fishing and history of boat building and marine transportation. The center is open on weekends in April, May, September and October and daily (not Mondays) from June to August. Admission is free.
The huge W.T. Preston rests on the site. It is a historic sternwheeler used to clear snags from the shipping channels and harbor. It was the last one to work in the Puget Sound and one of only two snagboats remaining in the U.S.
The vessel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
Tours of the vessel cost from $1 to $3 and are available when the center is open. Here’s a brochure on the W.T. Preston to read ahead of time.