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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 650, 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.

17 May 2016


Captain Fritz Kragh,
with a 350 pound North Pacific Halibut.
5 September 1930
Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

Twenty-five halibut, netted the fishing crew $7,000 at wholesale prices. That is the record of the smack TONGAS, that delivered its North Pacific catch (above) at Seattle for shipment to New York.
Crew of Schooner VENTURE 
A giant halibut weighing 425 pounds, caught 
on Portlock Banks in the Gulf of Alaska.
The 8' 6" long x 4' 3" wide halibut
was landed at Seattle, WA. 

April 1934.
Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

Capt. F.J. Tuttle
of Lummi Island, WA.
Largest halibut at 148 lbs caught in
Puget Sound on sport tackle.
11 November 1947.
Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
2003: Crew of commercial vessel Miss Mary caught a halibut off St. Paul Island, AK that weighed in at 533 pounds.

2014: Jack McGuire of Anaheim, CA caught a 482 pound halibut in SE Alaska. The fish didn't get in the sport fishing record book because he needed help getting the fish on board.

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