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Wooden Boat Rendezvous coming up in Deer Harbor

Please join us! All wooden boats are welcome: oar, power, sail and steam. Wooden boats of all sizes attend the Rendezvous — kayaks, rowboats, motor launches, day-sailers, cruising sailboats and historic tall ships. Most boats moor at the Deer Harbor Marina, and are available for public viewing at no charge. The Rendezvous is a low-key celebration […]

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ALVERENE. Capt. Bill Kasch, Anacortes, WA.
Photo courtesy of maritime historian J. Robin Paterson.

San Juan boats of yesteryear

Perhaps the most idyllic physical features in Washington are concentrated in the San Juan Islands. Here is a natural topography encompassing more than 150 islands, considered by many persons to be unsurpassed for natural beauty and interest. Early-day commercial transportation among the islands, with its colorful sidelights, is recalled by Mary Kasch Nollan. Mary’s father, […]

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“Alongside 100 ft Boomsticks” — with June Burn, 1930

What a mysteriously fascinating place is the waterfront at night! Lights twinkling on the wet blackness. Invisible men shouting, weird whistles going, shadowy figures moving about on the decks of boats, cigarettes blinking trains ringing bells up on the railroad tracks nearby. “All ready, Cap’n,” a voice calls out. A signal is given. The little […]

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