|Revenue Cutter GUARD|
Near Richardson, Lopez Island, San Juan County, WA.
1912 photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.
The place where the accident occurred is one of the most dangerous among the islands. Mr. Woolford is considered a careful and capable navigator and bar piloted the GUARD through the channel scores of times. It is supposed that the strong tide set him slightly out of his course. Had he been five feet further offshore he would have passed the reef safely.
Above text from the San Juan Islander January 1912.
Shier & Johnson, of Bellingham, were the successful bidders for the revenue launch GUARD, wrecked near Richardson Jan. Their bid being $603.Other bids were as follows:
E. A. Sims, Pt. Townsend, $150
John Douglas, Friday Harbor, $500.50
King & Winge, Seattle, $301
H. W. Crosby, Seattle, $450
H. K. McCarthy, Seattle, $576.20
N. P. Hodgson, Richardson, $510.
It is believed that the government intends to purchase a serviceable boat to replace the GUARD. Capt. Dunwoody head of the Revenue Cutter service on the Sound is said to have been in Seattle this week looking for a suitable vessel. A steam vessel only is wanted––one burning either coal or crude oil.
The GUARD was floated this week and beached near Richardson. She was temporarily patched and towed to Reed's Shipyard [Decatur Island] for permanent repairs.
Text from: San Juan Islander Feb. 1912.