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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.

1906 ❖ Ore Barge Wreck ❖

A big barge belonging to the Bermuda Steamship Co, of Vancouver, BC, laden with 450 tons of ore from Texada Island, in tow of the tug BERMUDA, was wrecked last Sunday on the southwest point of Orcas Island, near the entrance to Deer Harbor. It was the one hundredth trip of the BERMUDA with ore in tow for the Tacoma Steel Co; the scow and cargo were valued at over $6,000 [1906.]
      The wreck was immediately reported by Capt. Babington, of the BERMUDA, to the customs office here and permission was obtained from Collector Harper, at Port Townsend, for the owners to bring wrecking appliances from Vancouver and make an effort to recover a portion of the ore and perhaps raise the sunken barge that had been in use only a few month, and cost $3,000.

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