"The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down." A. Whitney Brown.

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San Juan Archipelago, 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 700, 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.

23 August 2010

❖ Bristol Bay Boat NO WAKE ❖

In 1957, the Alaska Packers Association of Blaine, WA., donated six Bristol Bay fishing boats to Camp Orkila [Orcas Island.] Three were power conversions and three were the original sailors with all the original sails. Walt Jones (waterfront manager) and Corkey North were able to get two engines running well after a couple of days and began the eight-hour tow back to camp. This involved a lot of pumping and hoping; they arrived after dark with the sailors half sunk.

The power boats were the first ones approved by the US Coast Guard for use by the YMCA camp. After considerable work on the Bristol Bay boats, they were able to replace the tin lifeboats previously used at camp.

The sailors were never very popular with the campers because of the slow speed and cumbersome rig; they had little appeal to the young campers.

In time, my dad Chet North retired from his boat building because of a heart condition. He traded a faster 16-ft outboard for hull # WN84P and had the power company move it to the part of the lot where he could work on remodeling the hull on his two-hour-per-day work schedule. He removed the centerboard and installed a used Gray 4-52 engine in the proper location. Just before he passed away in 1986 at age 80, he passed the boat on to his son, Corkey.

The engine was replaced by a rebuilt Gray-Alaska Lugger, which was an upgrade of the 4-52.
The hull was built in Astoria, OR, by Dyer Boats in 1929.

L. W. "Corkey" North
Deer Harbor, WA.
NO WAKE with skipper Corkey North
leaving San Juan Archipelago, with friends escorting.
Harney Channel heading for her new home
in Skagit County, summer 2013.

17 January 2010

❖ The Trilogy of James L. Davis ❖

The Trilogy of James L. Davis
James L. Davis author (1934-2015)
The slipcase containing the trilogy.
From the library of the Saltwater People Historical Society.
Some of you may have noticed this title on the log list of fifty favorite maritime books. From the accompanying artwork, one may guess the delightful prose is for all who are young at heart. This is a hand-crafted, exquisitely illustrated set of poetry published in 1986 by Washington State artist, James Davis (1934-2015.)
      Jim had fond memories of following the mouse track to Blind Island in the San Juan Island Archipelago, in the mid-1980s. He was artist-in-residence for a week-long workshop open to all ages on the central hub island of Shaw in the San Juan Islands.
      The first 100 sets were wrapped beautifully in a wooden slip-case; one of those is archived in the growing collection of the S. P. H. S. library.
      If anyone knows of stray volumes that have become separated from their boxed set, an adoption agency has been set up for the lost mice. We'd be glad to receive any donated stragglers, so the out-of-print volumes can be reunited and circulated as a set.

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