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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.

27 April 2015


2,266 G.t./ 2,094 N.t.
267.5' reg. L x 46.4' x 23.9'
Blt. 1921 Portland, OR.
Cabin boy "Silvers" Hatchitt age 16
sailing Portland to Australia in 1922.
Original photo from the S.P.H.S.©
"The bowsprit is one of the principal spars of a sailing ship. Originally it was a foremast, but early sailors discovered that taking the foremast forward improved the sailing of their vessels, and a tendency once started did not end until the mast was nearly horizontal and forming what we called the bowsprit. It extends the sail plan beyond the vessel itself, providing support for the jibs, the hardest-working sails (per unit of area) in a vessel."
Above text from: the classic Fifty South to Fifty South by Warwick Thompkins, Sr.  W. W. Norton & Co. 1938. 
The famous 32-ft Ketch SUHAILI

March 1966
Leaving Tanzania for London, with 4 aboard.
Keystone photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©

Steel hull ship built on Whidbey Island, WA.
 leaving for the South Pacific.
Original photo from the S.P.H.S.©
Tall Ships Race 1964
from Plymouth, England to Lisbon.

215-tons entered  by the Naval School at Brest, France. 
Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©

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