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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.


Port of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA.
Date stamp of July 1983
Launched 12 March 1967
In service 8 January 1968
382' 2" 
Installed power 8,000 HP from 4 x diesel-electric engines.

Average speed 15.7 knots.
Builder: National Steel & Ship Building of San Diego, CA.
Photo by Tom Stilz for the WA State Division of Tourism.
Original photo from the archives of the Saltwater People Historical Society©
The Washington State ferry KALEETAN, named for a mountain peak northwest of Snoqualmie Pass, is still in active service (2018) in the largest ferry fleet in the US. In this scene, she was on the Anacortes-San Juan Island route, making one of her daily dockings at the county seat of Friday Harbor, a popular summer vacation spot, and yachting mecca.
2015: The KALEETAN received 5,300 gallons of white and green paint at the Puglia-Fairhaven Shipyard in Fairhaven, WA. They ran three crews seven days per week for the 90-day project. For more on this project, here is a LINK

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