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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.

30 July 2015


Old sternwheelers churn Elliott Bay.
US Army Corps W.T. PRESTON, right 
powered past the SKAGIT BELLE, center and the 
SKAGIT CHIEF to take the lead and win the 3-mi race.
The course of the Seafair event ran from Magnolia bluff
to the foot of Lenora St. 
The race was sponsored by the
Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
Photograph by Larry Dion.
Original from the archives of S.P.H.S.©

Best of all this photo depicts 
the designer, Ted O. Jones;
the builder, the Anchor Jensen;
the driver, Stanley S. Sayres;
the second year of the Seattle SeaFair, 1950.
Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©

King Neptune, E. L. Blaine, Jr.
 gets a royal reception, as he steps ashore 
from the yacht GRACIE S to take over
Seattle for the Seafair.
He was given a king salmon by Joan Knutson,
representing Ballard.

L-R: Ray Lichtenberger, holding the salmon,
Mayor Allan Romeroy, in background,
King Neptune, holding Joan,
Rack Eckmann, first prime minister of Seafair,
Vic Rebel, King Neptune, and Willis Camp, 1952 prime minister.
British Cruiser SUPERB,
Pier 91, Seattle, WA.
Original photo dated 1955

from the archives of the S.P.H.S.
Visitors streamed aboard the British cruiser at Pier 91 that year as the SUPERB and 12 ships of the USN were opened for Seattle inspection. Another major attraction was the US aircraft carrier MIDWAY. With them on display were the destroyer escorts BRANNON, GILLIGAN, ROMBACH, JOHNSON, NICKEL, GRADY, WELDEN, GOSS and BUTLER with minesweepers REDSTART and DEXTROUS. Crew members were the guides aboard their ships.
Text from the Seattle Times, 31 July 1955.

Third Lake Bridge 1964
The first symptom of the annual malady on Lake Washington–
hydroplane fever––was detected at Mt. Baker as men
from the 554th Engin. Co at Fort Lewis built a 472-ft floating
span from the Stan Sayres Memorial Pits to the official barge.
The Army brought half pontoons and decking from Fort Lewis
in several heavy trucks and six trailers.
Thirty-five men assembled the span in five hours.
At left, a USCG buoy tender marked the course for
the Seafair Trophy Race of 9 August 1964.
Photo by Bruce McKim on 30 July 1964
Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©

Army engineers push a section towards
the bridge already installed.

Photo date verso, 29 July 1965.
Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

Army engineers constructed the bridge from the shore of Lake Washington to the official barge near the Stan Sayres Memorial Park, the site where the unlimited hydroplanes would begin the build-up for the Gold Cup.

Honorary Marshal Joshua Green
(c. 1870-1975)
SeaFair, Seattle, WA. 1967.
Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©

Long on years but high on Seafair enthusiasm, Joshua Green appeared in a new role as honorary marshal of the Torchlight Parade. Green took to the honor like a duck takes to Lake Washington in parts uncharted by hydroplanes. "Tip top!" Green cried on learning of the choice.
      Promptly, Green slipped into a Seafair Commodores' jacket, temporarily discarded his hard-brim sailor straw in favor of a Commodore cap and saluted Seafair and all Seattle in his new role.
      Honorary chairman of the board of Peoples National Bank of Washington, a golfer, a pheasant-and-duck hunter, a brisk man for all his 97 years. Green said of his appointment:
      "It fits me like the paper on the wall. It's a very nice thing, but I don't think I rate it. My steamboating days make me just right for this Seafair job––right out of my Seafair book. Great cities have great festivals––New Orleans has its Mardi Gras, and Seattle has its Seafair. My steamboating fits me for Seafair; my banking fits me for Seafair, for it pours money into the city at this season, and that makes for more prosperity.
      Green saluted in front of the Neal Ordayne portrait of him that hangs in the Green home. He grinned as he struck a pose for the new role. 
      "Reckless abandon," Green said impishly.
Above text by Robert Heilman for the Seattle Times, 31 July 1967

Boats of all shapes and sizes moored at the log boom
to watch the hydros on Lake Washington
This day 3 August 1986 with photo by freelancer,
James Robert Zebroski

Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©

Log boom spectators 
watching the Blue Angels, 1986.
Race course for the hydroplane races,
Lake Washington, Seattle, WA.

Click to enlarge.
Photo by Greg Gilbert.
from the archives of the S.P.H.S.

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