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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.


Chinese junk coming to the city.
Owner listed as Chatam Burt with his new vessel
reportedly built in Hong Kong.
6 April 1958.
The next month she was participating in
the Opening Day parade.
Click image to enlarge.
Unknown photographer.
Low res scan of an original photo from
Saltwater People Historical Society©

"An ocean-going Chinese junk, something different in Seattle waters, was at the Tillicum Marina 6 April 1958. 
      In addition to the two sails with which junks are rigged, this one is designed to have two outboard motors for auxiliary power. It has sleeping accommodations for four persons. Chatham Burt, a yachtsman who has owned 43 boats since 1902, and Gene Back of the marina had the 30-ft junk shipped here from San Franciso aboard the freighter COAST PROGRESS.
Text from the Seattle Times. 6 April 1958 

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