Revenue Cutter GUARD
Richardson, Lopez Island, WA. January 1912.
From the archives of the S. P. H. S.
The place where the accident occurred is one of the narrowest and most dangerous among the islands. Mr. Woolford is considered a careful and capable navigator and has piloted the GUARD through the channel scores of times. It is supposed that the strong tide set him slightly out of his course. Had he been five feet further off shore he would have passed the reef safely."
Above words from The San Juan Islander newspaper, 12 January 1912.
"Shier & Johnson, of Bellingham, were the successful bidders for the revenue launch GUARD near Richardson, 10 January, their bid being $603.
Other bids were as follows: E. A. Sims, Pt. Townsend, $150; John Douglas, Friday Hbr, $500.50; King and Winge, Seattle, $301; H. W. Crosby, Seattle, $450; H. M. McCarthy, Seattle, $575.20; H. P. Hodgson, Richardson, $510.
It is believed that the government intends to purchase a serviceable boat to replace the GUARD. Capt. Dunwoody, head of the revenue cutter service on the sound is said to have been in Seattle this week looking for a suitable vessel. A steam vessel only, is wanted––one burning either coal or crude oil.
The GUARD was floated this week and beached near Richardson. She was temporarily patched and towed to Reed's shipyard [Decatur Island] for government repairs."
The San Juan Islander, 2 February 1912.
There is another post on this site about the Revenue Cutter GUARD in her days of chasing rum runners. Rum Runners captured