- Saltwater People Historical Society
- 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.
28 August 2016
❖ MOSQUITO STEAMING TO EASTSOUND ❖
"Early on, the San Juan Islands became a favorite of vacationers. But it took a bit of determination––just to get there. At the turn of the century, those heading for Orcas Island went by steamers like the paddle wheeler, State of Washington, to Anacortes. There they boarded a smaller steamer for the island. Service was also provided from Whatcom County, and via the Lydia Thompson direct from Seattle. Favorite hostelries included the East Sound House. An early reviewer outlined other attractions:
Hammocks and rustic seats
are found in many a secluded
spot, silently weaving a web of
enchantment to entrance (sic)
the mind and lull the heart to
happy rest. Out upon the beach,
salt water bathing can be
enjoyed during the languid summer
afternoons, while at evening
clam bakes with bonfires and
singing, charm with wild delight.
San Juan County Album, U of WA Library Collection."
Above text from: Steamer's Wake. Faber, Jim. Seattle; Enetai Press.1985.
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