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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 750, 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.


Capt. Tony Cemelich, 
scoots his 26-ft salvage boat among the logs 
stored in the mud around Hoquiam.
Original photograph by Seattle's Josef Scaylea
from the Saltwater People Historical Society©
Dangerous, dirty, and physically demanding are words that might describe the occupation of Tony Cemelich, who admits he is a dying business.
      It is man against the elements as Cernelich, a vigourous 57, calls on all of his agility in salvaging stray logs from the sometimes turbulent waters of Grays Harbor.
Chet Skreen. Seattle Times. 21 Feb. 1982.

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