Dock Talks

The Dock Talks speaker series is a way for the public and the Sound Experience community to engage, on or off the ship, on topics focused on maritime, the environment and community. Experts in their field are invited to share their work and learnings in a variety of topics through a short presentation. Each talk is unique and cover a variety of topics. For example, juvenile salmon migration, how the Salish Sea map was created or how to identify marine mammals on the water.

All Virtual Dock Talks will be posted on this page through the Sound Experience YouTube channel (via the Virtual Dock Talks Playlist) so they can be easily accessible for youth, families, teachers and the public. These presentations are accessible to all, free of charge.
 
 

Click through the tabs below to explore 2021 Dock Talks.

Monthly Guiding Themes - Citizen/Community Science & Earth Day

Plastic Pollution in the Salish Sea

Julie Masura, Associate Teaching Professor and Research Scientist at the University of Washington Tacoma
Recording posted - Prerecorded Dock Talk originally posted April 24th

Learn about the partnership with Sound Experience and University of Washington Tacoma on education of plastic pollution in the Salish Sea to celebrate Earth Day and Citizen Science Month! Julie Masura is an associate teaching professor and research scientist at the University of Washington Tacoma. As a member of the Environmental Science Faculty, she teaches a number of earth and physical science courses. Julie has the honor to mentor undergraduate students in research as they complete their degree. This is the connection with her microplastics research. While working with a cadre of students, Masura has developed laboratory and field methods to collect microplastics, monitored microplastic abundances in Puget Sound, detected polymer fibers in the Puyallup River Watershed, and advised many research groups throughout the world. She partners with a number of education groups, to include Sound Experience to help with understanding the extent and amount of plastic pollution in the Salish Sea.


Check back for our Monthly Lineup announcement at the beginning of each month!
Check back for our Monthly Lineup announcement at the beginning of each month!

Monthly Guiding Themes - LGBTQ Pride Month & Orca Month
Check back for our Monthly Lineup announcement at the beginning of each month!
Check back for our Monthly Lineup announcement at the beginning of each month!
Check back for our Monthly Lineup announcement at the beginning of each month!
Check back for our Monthly Lineup announcement at the beginning of each month!
Check back for our Monthly Lineup announcement at the beginning of each month!
Check back for our Monthly Lineup announcement at the beginning of each month!

Saturday Seminar: Hold That Thought - Three Seizings

Recording posted - Live event was January 16th at 10am PST
Seizings are a way of using friction to hold things together. For example, the seizings on the lower shrouds create enough friction between the standing end (the shroud side) and the tail end to hold the rig up when the sails are full. Seizings are usually made, or “tied” with fiber marline, seine twine, or wire, depending on the application. 

If you’d like to practice during/after this workshop, you’ll want to gather:
- Twine (seine twine, marline, any medium sized string you have)
- A large diameter (~3/4”) rope (or two broomsticks)
- A marline spike (or large screwdriver)
- Yourself!


Saturday Seminar: Sails: Design & Construction

Recording posted - Live event was February 6th at 10am PST
The winter months are a good time to do your sail repair. While we're at it, let's take a look at how a sail is put together. We'll discuss the canvas they're made of and the steps involved in designing and building a traditional sail. You'll never look at one the same way again! We'll end with a herringbone repair stitch so have your palm and needle at the ready.



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Saturday Seminar: Haul out! What are we doing in the air?

Recording posted - Live event was February 20th at 10am PST
Take a walk around the ship to get a tour of all the projects underway when the ship is "on the hard." We'll take a look at the bottom paint, the propeller shaft and stuffing box, clean the sea strainers, empty the chain locker and more! This is a unique chance to see what goes on not behind the scenes, but under the water to keep us afloat!


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How Puget Sound Shaped My Life and My Stories

Jim Lynch, Novelist
Recording posted - Prerecorded Dock Talk originally posted February 24th

Jim Lynch has written four novels, two of which were set on the shores, tidal flats and open waters of Puget Sound. His first novel, The Highest Tide, starred a boy who kept finding marine life that shouldn’t be washing up in South Puget Sound. The book was a bestseller in the United States and in England and has been published in a dozen languages. His most recent novel, Before the Wind, is about an eccentric Seattle family obsessed with building and racing sailboats. That novel was a bestseller in France in 2018. Jim grew up in the Seattle area and now lives in Olympia.

To learn more about Jim Lynch and his books visit his website.

Dock Talks are taking a break in March to help the Sound Experience team to prepare for the start of the sailing season and to focus on Membership March (Click here to learn more about Sound Experience Memberships).

We'll be back with some great Dock Talks about plastics in the Salish Sea and how to weigh a schooner in April! And if you haven't already, be sure to check out the February and January tabs for Dock Talks that have already been posted this year.

Are you interested in presenting or sponsoring a Virtual Dock Talk? Email Jenny for more information.