|The Yansen Store freight truck|
Shaw Island ferry dock, San Juan Islands,
Photo dated 1959.
The truck could hold 160 sacks of cement with empty egg crates tied down on top, coming home. Jim remembers the truck was licensed for a 36,000-lb load, in this case, a load of feed being a legal 36,000-lbs (as inscribed on the reverse of the photo.) The freight truck was the one that replaced the truck smashed in the accident on board the VASHON in Friday Harbor.
The rig was a 1951 L-190 International with a 450 Red Diamond Motor, 5-speed, a 3-speed Brownie with a 22-ft flat bed.
Gwen remembers that the freight hauling was a major part of their business; feed, fencing, cement, etc. being hauled from the mainland and then delivered on to Waldron and other islands from the central hub of Shaw Island.
|"Old Reliable", the ferry VASHON|
Top b/w photo, at point of departure at Anacortes.
The lower photo, the same much-loved ferry at the
new dock c. 1941.
Source: Gwendolyn Yansen and Jim Leidig telephone conversations with the web admin.