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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 700, 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.


L-R: Captain Francis Tuttle and Robert Moran
Man at right is unidentified.
Fishing friends enjoying Orcas island, San Juan Archipelago.
Photograph by James A. McCormick, roving photographer
who set up his shop in Friday Harbor in 1906.
Original photo from the archives of
the Saltwater People Historical Society.©
"All old-timers on the Pacific Coast knew Capt. Francis Tuttle, for years connected with the Revenue Service. He is retired now and spends much of his time with Robert Moran, at his beautiful home at Rosario, among the picturesque San Juan Islands.
      Capt. Tuttle had been suffering some with dyspepsia, and as he had heard all his life that sea water was good for it, he started in to take 'the cure.' And it really did help him––or he imagined that it did, which accomplished the same end. One morning he and Mr. Moran were taking a stroll along the beach.
      'Bob,' said Tuttle, 'I have been drinking sea water, and it is really helping me. I have been taking two glasses every morning. Would you advise my taking a third?'
      Mr. Moran stopped, and cast his eye out over the beautiful waters of East Sound, stretching almost as far as one could see, and then, turning soberly to his friend, replied:
      'I really don't think that one more would be missed.' 
From the Seattle Argus. 1910

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