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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.

1950 ❖The Bellingham Shipyard

Bellingham Shipyard Company, September 1955.
Several ships built at this yard are tied up at the piers.

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Photo from Barr's Camera Shop in the
Collection of the S. P. H. S.©
Planned versatility is the keynote of the Bellingham Shipyard.
      Its main purpose at this time was building mine sweepers for the Navy and foreign nations participating in the mutual defense assistance program.
      But it also had a large lamination plant, made pleasure craft, and a wide variety of plastic products. It also had a cold-storage plant for fruits and vegetables brought in from surrounding agricultural areas.
      At the time of this photo, the yard had another year to go on its mine-sweeper program and soon would begin another $3,000,000 contract for the Navy.
Text published by The Seattle Times, 25 September 1955. 

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