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The Story of the Bellingham Lions Christmas Ship in Pictures

This is the story of the Lions International Christmas Ship as told in pictures taken on Santa's voyages from 1997 to 2006. Look at the faces in these pictures and you'll understand why we're so passionate about this project.

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< Bustle and cheerful chaos come a blowin' through the hatch as Santa's Gang jumps to 'an fixes to depart. Clown Alley, it be rife with daubers, quick to paint and rouge before the ship a rockin' be.

Stuff be stowed by Santa's Gang so as all be buttoned down, organized an' ship shape for His Commodore's long frown. >




< Now that Commodore's a rumor of a Pixie or an Elf, but a rumor i' weighs more 'en all th' cargo Santa's Gang might ever store.

A Sea Salt with an ermin brow and pepper in 'is beard, wi' Lions ore 'is Heart an' shinny braces ore is chest, sure that could be His Commodore inspecting wi' 'is speck's, or just an elvish fancy conjured up for all the rest. >




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< Coffee wafts about cabin working morning magic.

The Cap'in takes 'is bully horn and lays about the Law: "Y'er Santa's Swabbies now me maties for tis under way we be!" >




 

 

 

< The Christmas Ship heads out into open water. Santa's water sleigh is on its way.

 

 

 

 

 

< Old friends trade news and gossip just a might 'bout those they reckon to see in the coming hours.

 

 

 

 

 

As Mt. Baker and his Three Sisters dwindle on the horizon, the adventure begins. >




< The Doll plays dolls with herself and thinks about playing dolls with Hubby

And just look at her smile as she makes Hubby up! >




 

 

 

 

< In no time at all, our first port slips into view. Santa, whose sea legs are amazing, a-strides the prow and waves to all the wee sea urchins upon the shore.

 

 

 

 

The dock is crowded as Santa and his minions make their way ashore. >




 

 

 

 

< Santa is enveloped in balloons.

 

 

 

 

But when the crush abates, Santa receives a present. >




 

 

< Two young ladies enlist the aid of Santa's green-eyed Lion ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

... while Santa receives a local report on who's been naughty and who's been nice. >




Given Santa's numerous snitches, kids know they have to come up with a negotiating strategy in order to ensure that the proper presents appear beneath the Yule boughs. Here follows the many ways that BOYS negotiate this delicate matter.



< Bashful innocence. Make your innocent desire Santa's desire and you can get anything!

 

 

Red ears and a bright, bright smile. Of course he's been a good boy!




< Puppy Power! Not even Santa can resist.

Santa, look into my eyes. Your lids are heavy ... You are growing sleepy ... You are in my power ...




< Santa! Gee, it's been a whole year. How'ya been? How's the misses? ...

Gosh Santa, can you really get a mountain bike down the chimney? You know if he takes up the challenge your parents will be committed since they so want you to believe. >




< Oh oh. The elf is beckoning; Santa is pointing. What do I do now?

Wow! Santa is really interested in my brother the ball player. How dumb is that? Gee, what should I tell him .... ? Luckily, she's wearing her thinking cap. >




As the day slides and rolls on before us like the bow wave before the Christmas Ship, Raggedy Anne refreashes her persona and Santa seeks the braising salt air of the foredeck.




The last crowd of the day waits patiently as the sun peeks beneath heaven's cloudy hem. By the time Santa is safe ashore, the sky is flamed with color, then fades from orange to lemon as old Sol skates on the rim of the world.









While the clowns are working their magic, Santa is entrusted with with the greatest present of all.




By the time Santa is done dispensing his good cheer and benedictions, the Yule Fire has been lit and totemic creatures, such as this dark and dower Elk, begin to congregate.




Borealis bombs burst overhead courtesy of Santa's Polar Pirates.

The magic of the night brings forth Titania and Oberon.




Bright and early, as the Christmas Ship is headed North with a Canadian escort aport, a muster of Clowns gathers to tickle the fancy of old Saint Nick.











Many a small island is visited and Santa meets many a small delegation of local elves. The kids are always surprised at what the old goat knows.




Occasionally, someone does manage to get Santa's goat. Our undercover photographer caught this suspicious looking clown writing out a message for Mounty Dudly Doright. Later, Dudly was observed on Santa's knee as Santa was saying, quite emphatically, "Now Dudly, I'll be happy to wrap you up and deliver you to Nell on Christmas Eve, but I draw the line at horses. I don't care what you think you know. NO HORSE and that's that!"




Given Santa's numerous snitches, kids know they have to come up with a negotiating strategy in order to ensure that the proper presents appear beneath the Yule boughs. Here follows the many ways that GIRLS negotiate this delicate matter.



 




 




 




 




 




 




 




 




 




 




 




 




 




Yes, she's just a kid again, even if she is at the old folks home.




Raggedy Ann gets a present. And this elderly gentlemen receives - why, could it be? - it looks suspiciously like a fruit cake. And that Santa - could that Berrell Hardan?







Santa and his crew say good by to the northern isles.



Some clowns decrustify, but some just collapse, happy to sleep that deep, rhythmic, sea sleep. Time enough for makeup by and by.




Many are content to sleep the hours away. They miss the islands sliding by and the sunset that lingers over Mt. Baker and the Three Sisters.




Click HERE to participate and help support the Lions International Christmas Ship.

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Read the article from The Lion

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