"Of all national assets, archives are the most precious:
they are the gift of one generation to another,
and the extent of our care of them marks the
extent of our civilization." Arthur Doughty.

About Us

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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 circa 500, 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.

16 October 2009

WELCOME


The cover of a promotional booklet containing photographic images by James A. McCormick, one time a resident of San Juan Island. He was listed as the Official State Photographer for the 1909 A.Y.P. Exposition in Seattle. Published by authority of the Board of County Commissioners; Shull, Cayou, and Buchanan. 

This first log entry welcomes all Saltwater People Historical Society members and friends interested in studying, collecting, sharing, and preserving the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and the northern Puget Sound area. Informal blogs will follow with stories of salty mariners, their private vessels, the early Mosquito Fleet, the shipwrecks, the smuggling, and some of the events that have shaped the lifestyle of almost everyone living in the beautiful islands of San Juan County, Washington, the most westerly state in the continental US.

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