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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 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.


1:20 PM, 23 May 1948, Bellingham waterfront.

Signed, date & time stamped by the talented brothers
 Bob and Ira Spring Photo Studio of Seattle, WA.
The brick and stone beauty built in 1892, left of center, 

is the Whatcom Museum of History and Art.
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Original from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©
"The OSAGE and the CHICKAWANA, operated by the San Juan Transportation Co of Bellingham, are getting a lot of tourist travel these days. Many people are discovering that a trip on one of these boats through the islands, makes a fine excursion for one or two days, depending on the boat. Heine Hanson, traffic manager of the boats, reports a growing tourist passenger business in addition to his usual traffic.
      A short article in the July issue of Sunset Magazine gives an idea of the enjoyable trip offered. It is signed by someone from Bellingham. The Sunset editor adds a note that "the auto ferry service is that of the Black Ball Line, that publishes an excellent booklet on the San Juan Islands. 
      The following is the item in Sunset Magazine;
      "This trip costs only a dollar. Few tourists know about it, so accommodations are never crowded. The trip is a day's cruise on mail steamer OSAGE, that leaves Bellingham, WA, every weekday morning and cruises among the San Juan Islands. The boat touches at many barnacle-covered wharves during the day's trip, unloading mail and supplies to islanders who would be entirely isolated but for the steamer's call. Everywhere on the trip are wonderful vistas of wooded islands and quiet coves. Snow-capped Mt. Baker looms in the distance. Fish boats, yachts, and freighters bound for Alaska cross the devious path of the OSAGE."
Text from the Orcas Islander, 7 August 1941.
A post on this Log with more about Charles Maxwell and the San Juan Transportation Co can be viewed here

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