"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 650, 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.

29 August 2015

Passing Through

Peavine Pass, San Juan County.
Courtesy of Lance Douglas, Blakely Island.

29 August 2015

Salted down with spray of Peavine Pass, SJC.
Courtesy of Lance Douglas, Blakely Island.

29 August 2015.

Peavine Pass, SJC.
Courtesy of Lance Douglas, Blakely Island.

29 August 2015.
Washington State Ferry, Peavine Pass, SJC.
Courtesy of Lance Douglas, Blakely Island, WA.

29 August 2015.
The maximum wind speed recorded in Friday Harbor for this day was 36 mph. The maximum wind gust was recorded at 50 mph. Someone on Blakely claims the gusts 
on that island were between 50 and 60 mph. 

12 August 2015

❖ "Waiting Till the Tide Rolled In" ❖

On  San Juan Island UPDATE on August 5, Tim Dustrude posted a San Juan Historical Society piece about kids camping out on Brown Island in 1935. How nice to see local history along with current events, Tim. Thank you.
Local waters by photographer J. A. McCormick
known to be working in San Juan County
as early as 1906.
Original photo from the McCormick Collection,

San Juan Island adults allowed themselves to go a little further north, over to Shaw Island, in 1907, where some adventurers had an unplanned camp out, also in the news.
      "We know where Moses was when the lights went out and also where Dr. McKinnis and Will Jakles were when the tide went out Thursday night. They were hunting on Shaw Island when the tide left their launch high and dry ashore. S.M. Bugge and Will Sweeney went out to look for them and found them about 11 o'clock roosting on a log by a camp fire. "Doc", singing in a sonorous bass, "Wait till the tide comes in, Billy, wait till the tide comes in." They thought it would be high enough to float their launch in about two hours, but it wasn't, so they spent all night on the Shaw shore. Oh pshaw! And the OWASEE went back after them Friday morning and brought them home to breakfast."
Text from The San Juan Islander. 16 November 1907. Typed verbatim for S.P.H.S.

07 August 2015


Foggy Friday
off Blakely Island, Washington
Photo by Lance Douglas©
Between Obstruction and Orcas Islands
Photo courtesy of Blakely resident Lance Douglas
8 August 2015.

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