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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.

1944 ❖ LAKE UNION HOUSE SINKING

John McCoy
Lake Union, Seattle, WA.
Original photo from Acme News, San Francisco.
from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
On the muddy edge of Lake Union, half-sunken, the houseboat that John McCoy, Marine Veteran of Guadalcanal, and holder of a Unit Citation, bought with his back bay, suddenly listed and sank without warning. The marine, his mother, and his pet dog all scrambled for safety. "After being on troop ships, I have to get scuttled in my own home town," observed McCoy."
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