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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.


Capt. J. W. Troup
Chief Engineer Peter De Huff
Cascade Rapids, 26 May 1888
Original photo from the archives of the Saltwater People Historical Society©

There were three Hassalos and one Hassaloe that served the Columbia. 
      This HASSALO, the noted sternwheel steamer was built at The Dalles in 1880, as the first new vessel of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Co. Capt. Fred Wilson, the first in command, was succeeded by H. F. Coe. Capt. John McNulty was in charge during her last 5 years on the middle river. 
Captain Troup drove the sternwheeler through 

in seven exciting minutes.
      In 1888 Capt. Troup and Chief Engineer Peter De Huff piloted her over the Cascades at a stage of water lower than when any other except the steamer OKANOGAN had attempted the passage. According to Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the PNW, E.W. Wright, the HASSALO made it through without a scratch. She was hauled out in Portland for repairs before she was sent to the Puget Sound area in charge of Capt. O. A. Anderson for the Bellingham Bay, Olympia, & Seattle route. She remained on the Sound until 1892, when Capt. Cyrus Harriman brought her back to the Columbia River where she was then employed as a towboat. 

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