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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.

1937 ❖ FRIDAY HARBOR MARINE LABS❖

University of Washington, Friday Harbor Labs
San Juan Island, photo dated 1937.

Original from the archives of the SPHS.©
"For ten months out of the year, Friday Harbor is deserted except for Dr. Lyman Phifer, assistant professor in Oceanography, who lives there the year around with his wife and two children. In all kinds of weather, Dr. Phifer conducts daily scientific observations on this cantilever dock. He jots down accurate readings on a rain gauge; an air thermograph, that records temperature; a tide gauge; a Pyrheliometer, an instrument that records solar radiation; and a water bottle that samples sea water for temperature and microscopic animals and plants. Some of his observations are in connection with the Coast and Geodetic Survey." The Seattle Times, 24 June 1937.

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