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Transportation: Railroads, Ships and More: Ships, Boats and Waterbourne Transit

A guide to resources about the history of trains, railroads, ships, boats, aviation and transit systems, focusing on collections available through Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections.

Other Useful Resources

Collections at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Biery 2545 commercial point shipyyard

Construction of "Redwood" and "Firwood" at the Pacific American Fisheries shipyard at Commercial Point in South Bellingham. The Redwood was launced in January 1917 and the Firwood in April 1917. Image from the Galen Biery Papers and Photographs #2545.0, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.

Useful collections re: ships, vessels and maritime history may include:

Archives & Special Collections


Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections provides for responsible stewardship of and access to unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning and research at Western Washington University and beyond. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives and Records Management work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.