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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 200, 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. The photo in this profile features a handcrafted windvane of the 1902 WA-built lumber schooner CAMANO. The metal vane was designed, fabricated, and given to the maritime community by John M. Campbell. The schooner was linked to the life of one of the early, well-known, residents, Captain Lyle E. Fowler, born in 1901 on Shaw Island. Following a long passage on the CAMANO, he spent his entire career working on the inland waters of the PNW. The CAMANO windvane is installed on the roof of the Shaw Island community building, near Blind Bay, where she is easily viewed by passersby.

23 January 2013

Early Launch Landing in Friday Harbor

Waterfront, early town of Friday Harbor, WA.
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Undated, original photo from the archives of the S. P. H. S.©

"S. M. Bugge has made a most sensible suggestion for the practical improvement of the foot of Spring Street which has for many years been a dumping ground for rubbish and garbage not well calculated to favorably impress visitors. Mr. Bugge suggests that the present wharf site at the foot of the street be utilized as a landing place for launches and other small craft and that a neat floating boat house be built to occupy nearly all the space between the Bugge and Carter docks and that the foot of the street be nicely graded to the foot of the water's edge and beautified with grass, flowers, and shrubbery. It is the ideal place for a boat landing and could be made very attractive if improved and utilized in the manner suggested. If, as an assignment of the lease of the wharf site can be secured, it ought not to be a difficult matter to obtain by public subscription, a sum sufficient to carry Mr. Bugge's idea into effect."
Above text:
The San Juan Islander, 17 August 1907
Front page/ verbatim.

The San Juan Islander
7 May 1909
" Bids will be called within a few days for the fill and sea wall at the foot of Spring Street."

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