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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.

1961 ❖ AFRICAN STAR ❖❖ In the Mud with Broom

AFRICAN STAR
original photo from S.P.H.S.©
"...looking out the window this morning I saw a sizable sail boat lying on its side in Squaw Bay.
      Later I waded out to 'it', the owner, a Mr. Broom, sailmaker of Seattle emerged from his tilted cabin. He had come in at high tide after dark last night and anchored close to shore.
      He got away all right about 1:30 PM and headed straight for home through Cattle Pass. He was from Port Madison, Bainbridge Island, and had come up to see Bob Schoen and Miles McCoy––boatmen all.
      I launched the canoe to see him shake the boat out of the mud and then I paddled for nearly 4 hours to Hicks Bay, across to Lopez, up the coast past Odlin Park nearly to Upright Head and thence home."
Sunday, 23 July 1961.
Daily diary entry written by Erret Graham (1877-1974.)
Engineer, SJ County Surveyor who arrived in retirement with his Old Town Canoe, to embark on his 2nd career in 1941.
His canoe, a gift to Saltwater People Historical Society from Louise Thomas, is being restored for the collection.

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