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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.

1867 ❖ SAN JUAN ISLAND ❖

View from the redoubt built by the US troops.
Site of the Bellevue Farm buildings was beyond the large rock.
On the rock is a tablet placed by the DAR, bearing the name of
Lieutenant Henry Martyn Roberts
with the line, "U.S. Engineers, 1859."
"Some thirty of the garrison at the American Camp on San Juan Island have been on the search for the last four days for a notorious character, who formerly dabbled in quartz in Victoria. If Captain Gray finds the 'Doc', a ball and chain will grace his 'comely' person for at least one calendar month. He is charged with killing other people's cattle, and using the proceeds for his own benefit.'
Puget Sound Gazette, 1867

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