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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 700, 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.


Northwest Indian War Canoe Championship
Saanich wins.
Location, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA.

August 1936.Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

Waist high water and still paddling.
The natives from LaConner were swamped during the 
Championship this year at Coupeville and the 
crew from Saanich, BC were the winners,
August 1936.
Both photos from the archives of the Saltwater People Log©

Seattle Times reports in August of 1936:

Indian braves at the start of the annual Northwest Indian War Canoe Championship held at Coupeville, Whidbey Island. Four canoes were swamped in the race that was won by the crew from Saanich tribe of Vancouver Island, BC, shown closest to the camera.

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