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LOG OF THE SALTWATER PEOPLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY



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 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.

19 January, 2013

✪ ✪ GUNKHOLING ✪ ✪

To go gunkholing one is required to travel by boat; usually one type or another can be viewed in these images today but the primary focus is to celebrate the scenic hideaways.  These beautiful Washington State ports of call were caught on film in the last century and pulled from archives of the S. P. H. S. (update with additions 29 June)



ABBEY ISLAND
ABERDEEN

 LADY WASHINGTON, 1989, 
The launching of the State Ship of Washington,
by the 
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport.












AGATE PASS












ALDERBROOK INN















ANACORTES












ANNAPOLIS
Annapolis
All published by Robbins-Tillquist Co, Spokane.
BARNES & CLARK ISLANDS










BATTLESHIP ISLAND
The entire island is a bird sanctuary.
Photograph by James A. McCormick,
Early 1900s.












BEACH (Place name on Lummi Island until 1946.)










BELLINGHAM BAY










BIRCH BAY










BLAINE













BLAKELY ISLAND










BLIND BAY














BREMERTON










CACTUS ROCK

CAMA BEACH

















CHAUTAUQUA BEACH
Postmarked July 1908.




CHUCKANUT BAY












COLUMBIA BEACH














COLMAN DOCK

1947-1948



















COUPEVILLE

1935





CRYSTAL BEACH







DECEPTION PASS

Before the bridge. 

















DEER HARBOR











DESTRUCTION IS.

DOE BAY








DOT ISLAND
Posted 1949.









EASTSOUND









ELEPHANT ROCK


FISHERMAN'S BAY

Cropped photo card, undated. S. P. H. S.








FOSSIL BAY












FRIDAY HARBOR
Friday Harbor 1909
Having her official photo taken for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition.


1913





















GIG HARBOR










GRAYLAND






















GRAYS HARBOR

HAT ISLAND









HEAD ROCK

HOOD'S CANAL
Native Rhododendron macrophyllum,
colors vary widely from rose-purple, pink to white. (Greer)

















HOPE ISLAND













HOQUIAM












HORSEHEAD BAY
Top photo by Aashel Curtis
Postmarked in 1941.
Bottom card postmarked 1947©
click to enlarge.
 


























ILWACO
The top card was mailed in 1906©.














IRONDALE










JONES ISLAND











KAYAK POINT









KWAN LAMAH
Bottom card posted in 1941.
According to the Friday Harbor Journal,
the first lumber-built house was for Capt. Pickett at
American Camp. It was moved here to this site
on San Juan Island by Capt. E. D. Warbass;
later owned by Andrew Newhall.
 Leon Little was the next owner who established
the island's first resort, known as Kwan Lamah.




















LACONNER












LA PUSH











LEGOE BAY









LILLIWAUP
Mr. J. Boyd Ellis inscribes otherwise on the film,
but this is the lumber/codfishing schooner C. A. THAYER,
rescued from the pirates and sailed to the San Francisco Mar. Museum in 1957.



LOFALL















LONG BEACH










LUMMI ROCKS






















MANCHESTER










McARDLE BAY









McCONNELL ISLAND












McNEIL ISLAND











MOCLIPS








MT. ERIE











MUKILTEO









NAHCOTTA

NEAH BAY













NEWPORT
Postmarked Burton, WA. 1946
Original photo from the archives of the S. P. H. S.














OAK HARBOR











OBSERVATION PT.









OBSTRUCTION PASS









OCEAN PARK














OLGA
















OLALLA










ORCAS LANDING











PENN'S COVE
Posted 1956












PIER 54
Top photo includes the SIGHTSEER at the dock,
The bottom photo includes the DANMARK.

















POINT GRENVILLE
























POINT ROBERTS
MAHLE BEACH








POLE PASS
















PORT BLAKELY

PORT LUDLOW









PORT MADISON BAY










PORT TOWNSEND

PORTAGE
Passenger ferry dock that is heading east--
i.e. the photographer is facing east. Postmark on card, 1923.
Vashon is left and Maury on the right. No bridge.
Original from the archives of the S. P. H. S.












POSSESSION















QUILCENE











RICHARDSON










ROCHE HARBOR










ROSARIO STRAITS










RUBY BEACH















SEABECK


























SEKIU









SEAVIEW

SHAW ISLAND










SKAGIT, HOPE, AND GOAT ISLANDS
The islands situated above Fidalgo Island are
Skagit, nearest, then Hope, with Goat Island on top.










SIMILIK BEACH










STEILACOOM










STRETCH ISLAND









S
UCIA ISLAND












TAHOLAH























TANGLEWOOD ISLAND










TREASURE ISLAND










UNION










VENDOVI BAY











WARM BEACH












WINSLOW


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