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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.

23 June 2016


William A. Clifton, coastguardsman stationed at
the Cape Flattery Light on Tatoosh Island, and his wife, 
were hoisted from a boat to the top of a cliff in a 
canvas-sided basket. They were returning from a weekend off.
Riding the "hook," as they call it, was part of life at Tatoosh. 
Photo dated December 1971.

Click to enlarge.
Three originals from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©
This view of Tatoosh Island from the top of the lighthouse,
shows spacious quarters for families, built in the 1930s.
There are also newer residences. The boom, that hoists visitors
and cargo up the cliff is in the background.
Photo same date as above, December 1971.
From the archives of S.P.H.S.©

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