"Of all national assets, archives are the most precious:
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and the extent of our care of them marks the
extent of our civilization." Arthur Doughty.

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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 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.

13 July 2015


Schooner Martha
Photo by Louellen McCoy, Orcas Island, WA.
Have a safe trip everyone. 
GO MARTHA, Port Townsend, WA!
Team photo can be seen on their own site
Here is the official YellowBrick tracker site for 2015 (6 hours behind real time).


Swimming in the ocean for thirty hours;
JULY 1951
Yacht L'APACHE crew member Ted Sierks, 
being hauled by a line to the rescue ship, 
Press photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.
The alert sailors who first spotted Ted Sierks
in the rough sea and made his rescue possible;
 Sierks waves greeting as the destroyer escort 
MUNRO docks at Honolulu Harbor. 
L-R: Rene Cortex of Texas, 

Transpac sailor, Ted Sierks, and 
Ronnie Peoples of Jonesboro, AK.
Press photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.
Ted Sierks, age 40 greeted by his
mother Alma Overholt after stepping off
a plane in Burbank, CA.
Trans-Pac survivor 1951.
July 1949
Part of the fleet of 25 boats crossing the starting line
at the outer entrance to the Los Angeles Harbor
for the 3,000 miles race to Honolulu. 

WESTWARD HO, from Orcas Island, WA was 
a participant in this race.
Largest boat in the race is the

96-ft schooner MORNING STAR, lower left. 
Acme telephoto from the archives of the S.P.H.S.

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