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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 September 2015


"Waiting for the Alverene"
Carrie Hammond and Charlie Hammond,
Crane Islanders in Old Bob,
Pole Pass, San Juan Archipelago, 1923.

The Alverene
Built in Everett, WA, by A. J. Goulette for
Captain J.H. Prather in 1912.
Here operated by the well-known Capt. Kasch,
detail from 8" x 10" undated photo.
Original from the archives of the S.P.H.S©

The pioneer navigator, William H. Kasch, "Capt. Bill" (as he was affectionately called), the owner of Kasch Navigation Co, bought his first boat in 1901, to haul freight and mail to Friday Harbor, between towing jobs. He found business was so good, he formed the Inter-Island Navigation Co in 1913. After the war Kasch returned to his inter-island business to sell the slow, old Georgia and purchased the Alverene, that quickly became a very popular boat among his many island and Bellingham patrons.
      Following the death of "Captain Bill" in 1927, his wife, Adelaide, continued to operate the fine steamer for several years.
Age 40 years ... Going out ablaze.
The Alverene is seen here at the Fremont Boat Co
was chosen for the annual ship burning ritual to take
place on Elliott Bay, part of the Seafair celebration.
 Seattle, WA, July 1952.
Yukon Club members, the Crenshaws, and the Jeffersons,
are helping with the preparations. Tug Skookum was
scheduled to tow the Alverene to the firemen, while the
 city fireboat, Duwamish, would be standing by.

Photographer unknown. Original from the files of  S.P.H.S.©

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