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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 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.

1901 ❖ LAUNCH HERMOSA of West Sound, WA.

Built 1901 by Chase brothers of West Sound, Orcas Is.

"Two of the Chase brothers [of West Sound] and their uncle of Little Rock, WA, were in town a few days ago in their fine gasoline launch HERMOSA that they built themselves at Little Rock and had transported by rail to Olympia where she was launched and the machinery installed. The HERMOSA is a fine model for practical service and is very staunchly built. She is 49-ft x 11-ft, 11-tons burden with a 24-HP gasoline engine of the most approved design and travels at the rate of 9-10 mph. She is to be employed by the owners in doing a general jobbing and trading business, with West Sound as her home port." The Islander 10 October 1901.
Home port of West Sound, Orcas Island, WA.

"West Sound and Orcas people are well pleased with the transportation service to and from Whatcom which the fine gasoline launch HERMOSA is affording them once a week. Leving West Sound at a convenient hour Thursday morning the HERMOSA reached Whatcom about 11 o'clock and leaves there about 4 PM, giving passengers five hours time in which to transact business in town and get home the same day. The round trip passenger rate is $1.50" The Islander 12 June 1902 

"The Whatcom Commercial Club has guaranteed a bonus of $5. per trip to the launch HERMOSA of this place (West Sound,) for a period of 20 weeks for making one round trip each week between West Sound and Whatcom, touching at Orcas and probably also Olga, Doe Bay and Urban. The HERMOSA was disabled last week by some little mishap to her machinery and was unable to make the trip to Friday Harbor with the baseball team."
The Islander 26 June 1902.

George Fowler of Shaw is now engineer of the HERMOSA. The Islander 24 Dec. 1904.

Forty-five people from West Sound went to Sucia for a days outing. HERMOSA and scow were chartered with an ice cream and lemonade stand, a canopy and chairs on the scow. The West Sound band woke the echoes from the beautiful hills and islands. The Islander 1905

Frank and Allen Chase, Captain and engineer respectively of the steamer HERMOSA went to Seattle to confer with steamboat inspectors about the equipment for the new steamer they are having built at Reed's Shipyards, Decatur. The new boat is to be 60' x 12' and to be equipped for both passenger and towing services." The Islander, 15 Dec. 1906.

"W.E. Stocker of Lopez is owner of HERMOSA." The Islander, 1908.

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