Submitted by Westport Winery

Erich Ebel, author of the book “Exploring Maritime Washington: A History and Guide,” will be signing copies of his book in the International Mermaid Museum on Saturday, August 12, at 2 p.m. It is free to attend this signing and meet the author who is happy to discuss local nautical lore with attendees. All ages are welcome. These books are available to purchase in the museum’s gift shop. 

Ebel was born in Spokane, Washington, and has had stories to tell ever since. During his ten years as a television and radio journalist, and twenty years in communications and marketing, he pursued his passion for state history. The heritage and culture of the greatest state in the Lower 48 is the primary topic of his blog, videos, and podcasts, as they hold a treasure-trove of facts that promote local history worldwide.  

This book is “An authoritative guide to Washington’s nautical heritage. Discover the popular destinations and hidden gems along Washington’s coastline, from the Mukilteo Lighthouse to the Wedding Rocks petroglyphs and beyond. Learn about the seafaring Coast Salish people, who navigated the waters of the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years, and the early exploration and settlement by European-Americans in the late 18th century. Delve into the expansion and growth that led to the development of international ports and the modern maritime economy. View the enormous sternwheel snagboat, W.T. Preston–one of a trio that kept inland waterways navigable for nearly a century–and hundreds of other fascinating sites.”  

The International Mermaid Museum is located on the grounds of Westport Winery Garden Resort, halfway between Aberdeen and Westport on the Washington Coast. The museum is open daily from 11am to 6pm. It is dedicated to teaching ocean ecology from seashore to sea floor immersed in mermaid mythology, uniting world oceanic cultures. For more information on the museum go to the International Mermaid Museum website and be sure to follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram.  

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