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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.


Beef Harbor Fish Trap
47°53'13" N 122°36'37" W
Verso Inscribed as being owned by a Bellingham Cannery.
Hood's Canal across from Whiskey Spit Trap, 1912.

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Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
According to Richard W. Blumenthal in Washington Place Names; Inland Washington Waters there are two very small harbors located in Hood Canal north of Seabeck Bay. On older charts the one to the northeast was labeled Beef Harbor. On newer charts, this was renamed Big Beef Harbor. Its companion to the southwest is labeled Little Beef Harbor. The Beef Harbor name may have been connected with an early slaughterhouse set up to supplying logging camps in the area.
      Open waters to the north of the spit are among the deepest in Puget Sound. Local magnetic disturbances of more than 2° from normal variation have been observed in Hood Canal at Whiskey Spit, now known as Point Hannon.
      Port Gamble S'Klallum and Lower Elwha S'Klallum members tell of tribal gatherings, ancestral canoe burials, trapping, fishing pre-European contact. 
      In 2002, the property was conveyed to the Washington State Park system. The delicate freshwater marsh on the point provides the unique habitat required for the unusually wide range of nesting birds, migrating waterfowl, reptiles, amphibians and essential food for plentiful sand lance and surf smelt.

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