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Patos Island Light Station,
an active aid to navigation in the San Juan Islands.
Active Cove is a favorite anchorage of fishermen and yachtsmen and the historic place for unloading supplies from the Coast Guard vessels. Photograph by the US Coast Guard.

Life at the Patos Island Light Station in 1959

Patos Island was discovered by a Spanish explorer in 1791. We trailed local author June Burn when she visited the island for an article for her 100 Days in the San Juans series for the Seattle P-I in 1946. Let’s return with well-known historian/journalist Lucile McDonald when she stopped to visit the resident Coast Guard crew manning the station […]

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SKANSIE BROTHERS SHIPYARD. GIG HARBOR, WA. Original 1927 photo from the archives of 
the Saltwater People Historical Society©

Gig Harbor’s industrious Skansie Bros. Shipyard

“The Skansie Bros. Shipyard was established at Gig Harbor, WA, specializing in the construction of the heavy-duty gasoline vessels which were fast replacing other types in the fishing industry of the Northwest. The first craft built by the Skansie brothers, Peter, Andrew, Mitchell, and Joseph, at their new shipyard was the 65-ft fishing vessel OCEANIA, launched in […]

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The REDWOOD first heads to Alaska on the Inside Passage.

Memories of Seattle’s SS Redwood Christmas in Callao

“In the middle of August 1919, I shipped as AB on the SS REDWOOD in Seattle and joined her at the Bell Street terminal, where she had finished discharging salmon from Alaska. She was built and owned by Pacific American Fisheries (P.A.F.) in Bellingham. From the terminal, we proceeded to Point Wells for bunkers. ‘Fill her […]

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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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