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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.

12 January 2018


243' x 44' x 19'
1,614 T

Built 1919 in Aberdeen, WA.
for Andrew Schubach.
Original photo from the archives of
the Saltwater People Historical Society
FOREST FRIEND Arrives at Queenscliff after beating Pacific storms; short of food & water.

With her sails tattered & torn, part of her deck load of lumber lost overboard and her officers and crew of 14 men short of food & water, the Seattle five-masted barkentine FOREST FRIEND, long overdue, arrived at Queenscliff, a short distance from Melbourne, after being in peril on the storm-swept Pacific for many days.
      News of the plight of the big sailing vessel was received in Seattle yesterday by Andrew Schubach, president of the Grays Harbor Motorship Corp, owner of the FOREST FRIEND and W.S. Barr, manager of Seattle office of J.J. Moore & Co, who had the ship under charter.
      The FOREST FRIEND sailed from Port Gamble 5 May for Adelaide and anxiety was expressed for the safety of her crew when word reached Seattle that she had been driven 500 miles off her course by storms and had arrived at Queenscliff in distress. The vessel was 106 days making the voyage from Puget Sound to Australia. Not a word came from the FOREST FRIEND from the time she went to sea off Cape Flattery early in May until she was sighted last Wednesday by the steamship MARRAWAH, 35 miles south of Port Lonsdale, AU. A very heavy storm came up and the barkentine was blown down the Australian coast. Arriving in Adelaide, the MARRAWAH reported sighting the vessel & tugs were sent to search the sea for her. The next heard of the FOREST FRIEND was when she put into Queenscliff, 500 miles from Adelaide.
      The officers & crew, nearly all of whom were from Seattle, follow:
Capt. Harry Johnson, master, Fred Steen, mate; C. Gaby, boatswain; H. Jorgenson, carpenter; G. Houlkes; G.R. Shaw; Oscar Kalilen; Aage Henricksen, A. Demonde and A. Berg, able seamen; Willis Wright and Wayne Cox, ordinary seamen; J. Johnson, cook, and Elias Hynning, cabin boy.
      The FOREST FRIEND loaded 2,000,000 ft of lumber at Port Gamble for Adelaide. She was towed to port from Queenscliff to discharge.
Above text from The Seattle Times, 21 August 1927.
There is a post of her sister ship FOREST PRIDE on the Saltwater People Log HERE


1923: Capt. Alex. Zugehoer lifted a cargo of 1,500,000 ft of lumber at Taylors Mill at the south end of Lake Washington, near Renton, for San Pedro. FOREST FRIEND was the first ocean vessel to berth at this extremity of the Lake.Taylor's Mill having previously lightered its cargoes to vessels moored in Lake Union or Elliott Bay.
Archived with these inscribed names of owners at
TAYLOR MILL, Lake Washington, Seattle. 

Undated photo from the archives of the Saltwater People Historical Society©

1927: sold to Massey Mort Shipping Co of Adelaide.
1938: Taken over for barge service by Island Tug and Barge. 
"On board" through the years: Capt. Walter H. Meyers; Capt. Nels F. Anderson. 

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