“Celebrating our maritime heritage through the vessels, stories, and traditions of Gig Harbor’s commercial fishing families, captains, and crews.”


What is a Netshed?

As early as 1910, Gig Harbor’s first netsheds began appearing along the waterfront. These modest over-water structures and docks of wood were constructed as storage sheds for fishing nets and gear used by local fishermen.  Today, only 17 netsheds remain but the Harbor still boasts the largest inventory of historic netsheds on all of Puget Sound with seven in use by our Commercial Fleet.  (more...)



Our Mission

The Skansie NetShed Foundation is an educational organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of fishing family heritage as it exists in the people, places, vessels, skills, and stories of Gig Harbor’s commercial fishing industry.  (more...)






The Skansie Brothers

The Skansie brothers rest outside the netshed in 1990.  It was the last time they bottom-painted the hull of their fishing vessel, the Avalon. The brothers lived in the Skansie home built by their father, Andrew, until they passed in 2001 and 2002. As was the wish of the family -- the netshed, house, and grounds were purchased by the City in 2002 to become Skansie Brothers Park.  (more...)