As stern as the Capulet and Montague in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the Locks prevent the union of two bodies of water , the fresh water of the lakes and the sea water of the Puget Sound. Like Romeo and Juliet, they can’t be together.
Standing tall and proud, the locks open its chambers allowing vessels of different kinds like fishing fleet, yachts, barges, tugs/tows, sailboats, and motorboats to pass from the fresh water to the sea, and vice versa.
As a congenial host, the locks are inviting the spawning salmon to pass through the salt water to the fresh water so they can spawn in the rivers and streams and keep the salmon life cycle alive.
This century old workhorse has weathered many storms, earthquakes and other natural disasters, it endures to serve both sailors and salmon so they continue on their journey.
The power of the Locks is more than a showcase of engineering masterpiece. There is much more to see and hear and experience. Everyone visiting this place is in awe of how it works, making it one of Seattle’s best tourist attractions. Like Shakespeare’s plays, it is an amazing feat, a living legacy.