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LOG OF THE SALTWATER PEOPLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY



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San Juan Islands, Washington State, United States
A society formed in 2009 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, celebrating, and disseminating the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound area. Check this log for tales from out-of-print publications as well as from members and friends. There are over 300, often long entries, on a broad range of maritime topics; there are search aids at the bottom of the log. Please ask for permission to use any photo posted on this site. Thank you.

29 August 2015

Storm and Vessels Passing Through

KELLY ANNE,
Peavine Pass, San Juan County
Courtesy of Lance Douglas, Blakely Island.

29 August 2015

POLAR LADY
Salted down with spray of Peavine Pass, SJC.
Courtesy of Lance Douglas, Blakely Island.

29 August 2015.

POLAR LADY
Peavine Pass, SJC.
Courtesy of Lance Douglas, Blakely Island.

29 August 2015.
M.V. KITSAP
Washington State Ferry, Peavine Pass, SJC.
Courtesy of Lance Douglas, Blakely Island, WA.

29 August 2015.
The maximum wind speed recorded in Friday Harbor for this day was 36 mph. The maximum wind gust was recorded at 50 mph. Someone on Blakely claims the gusts 
on that island were between 50 and 60 mph. 

12 August 2015

❖ "Waiting Till the Tide Rolled In" ❖

On  San Juan Island UPDATE on August 5, Tim Dustrude posted a San Juan Historical Society piece about kids camping out on Brown Island in 1935. How nice to see local history along with current events, Tim. Thank you.
Local waters by photographer J. A. McCormick
known to be working in San Juan County
as early as 1906.
Original photo from the McCormick Collection,
S.P.H.S.©


San Juan Island adults allowed themselves to go a little further north, over to Shaw Island, in 1907, where some adventurers had an unplanned camp out, also in the news.
      "We know where Moses was when the lights went out and also where Dr. McKinnis and Will Jakles were when the tide went out Thursday night. They were hunting on Shaw Island when the tide left their launch high and dry ashore. S.M. Bugge and Will Sweeney went out to look for them and found them about 11 o'clock roosting on a log by a camp fire. "Doc", singing in a sonorous bass, "Wait till the tide comes in, Billy, wait till the tide comes in." They thought it would be high enough to float their launch in about two hours, but it wasn't, so they spent all night on the Shaw shore. Oh pshaw! And the OWASEE went back after them Friday morning and brought them home to breakfast."
Text from The San Juan Islander. 16 November 1907. Typed verbatim for S.P.H.S.

07 August 2015

❖ FOGGY FRIDAY ❖


M.V. YAKIMA
Foggy Friday
off Blakely Island, Washington
Photo by Lance Douglas©
OBSTRUCTION PASS
Between Obstruction and Orcas Islands
Photo courtesy of Blakely resident Lance Douglas
8 August 2015.

30 July 2015

❖ SEAFAIR DAYS OF OLD ❖

Fleet Week, 29 July-2 August 2015, has been a Seattle tradition since 1950. There is a special guide for fleet fans here.


1950
WORLD RECORD HOLDER 
SLO-MO-SHUN IV.
Best of all this photo depicts
the designer, Ted O. Jones;
the builder, the Anchor Jensen;
the driver, Stanley S. Sayres;
the first year of the Seattle SeaFair, 1950.

(more on this team later.)
Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
Tug Boat Races for the first Seafair in 1950.
The US Army Corps, W.T. PRESTON, right,
SKAGIT BELLE, center,
and the SKAGIT CHIEF in background.
Winner is the W. T. PRESTON.
(The PRESTON is in fine condition at the Anacortes Museum's
historical Maritime Center, Anacortes, WA. in 2015.)
This course ran from Magnolia bluff to the foot of Lenora St.
Photo by Larry Dion for the Seattle Times.

Thank you, Larry.
Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.

Even the steamers VIRGINIA V and the SIGHTSEER
were participating, they can be seen here
1955
British Cruiser SUPERB,
Pier 91, Seattle, WA.
Original photo dated 1955

from the archives of the S.P.H.S.
Visitors streamed aboard the British cruiser at Pier 91 that year as the SUPERB and 12 ships of the USN were opened for Seattle inspection. Another major attraction was the US aircraft carrier MIDWAY. With them on display were the destroyer escorts BRANNON, GILLIGAN, ROMBACH, JOHNSON, NICKEL, GRADY, WELDEN, GOSS and BUTLER with minesweepers REDSTART and DEXTROUS. Crew members were the guides aboard their ships.
Text from the Seattle Times, 31 July 1955.
1986
Army engineers push a section towards
the bridge already installed.

Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.

Army engineers constructed the bridge from the shore of Lake Washington to the official
barge near the Stan Sayres Memorial Park, the site where the unlimited hydroplanes would begin the build-up for the Gold Cup.


1986
Log boom spectators 
watching the Blue Angels.
Race course for the hydroplane races,
Lake Washington, Seattle, WA.

Click to enlarge.
Photo by Greg Gilbert
from the archives of the S.P.H.S.