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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 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.

31 July 2017


Looking out to Orcas Island on the left
and the Lummi Island reefnet gears
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Photographer unknown.
Original from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

"Two fishermen admire the view from Lummi Island as the sun sets over Rosario Strait. Mount Constitution on Orcas Island is on the left. About 60 nets, each with two boats, are concentrated here. There was talk the reefnetters' union hoped to lower this number to 40 by not renewing privileges when any sites or gear are abandoned, as the runs are not sufficient to support so many gears. Most boats are made locally and are of a type not seen elsewhere; flat-bottomed double-ender canoes with large stiff keels and a platform for the spotter, who needs a high perch and a minimum of reflection in order to see the fish. When the water is dirty, bubbles serve as an indication of salmon. "

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