Company History

Seattle's George Broom Sons started out in 1910 rigging four-masted schooners. It's still using its Singer Class 7 sewing machines, which have been around since World War I but has also expanded into high-tech plastics gear. Here's a wire rope outfit rooted in the past, but moving into the future..

George Broom's Sons Inc. was founded by George Broom Sr in 1910. The company sold custom tarps and ship supplies and rigged the large sailing ships that packed cargo up and down the west coast from Alaska to Cape Horn and then around to the east coast. The company has served the commericial fishing industry over the years and continues to do so along with incorporating industrial sewing for all industries.


The facility of this marine-oriented rigging shop, is located on a pier just west of the Ballard Locks on the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle, WA. This old wood frame building, about 8Ox4O sq. ft., has been around since about 1920, along with some outside covered space where some of the wire rope work is done. 'It still smells of the old hemp and tar we used to use, says Broom, The building, rented from Time Oil Company, was originally a furniture factory, And is right down on the water very accessible to Broom's boating customers. The building is crammed with old pictures, dating back from the 1800s, the old sailing ships up to the current tug boats. Old block and tackle gear hang from the ceiling. Old machinery to repair hatched tents is still used once in awhile, And the current company still actively uses the old Singer Class 7 sewing machines, which have been around since World War 1.