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S. S. CITY OF SEATTLE, an illustrious career from Puget Sound to Alaska

The outstanding event of 1890 on Puget Sound was the arrival of the new steamer  CITY OF SEATTLE from Philadelphia. When the vessel steamed into Seattle Harbor on 26 Dec 1890, she provided a fitting climax to a year marked by tremendous growth in Puget Sound shipping. Twenty-four steamboats were launched on the Sound that […]

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AMELIE, 1933. Built at Pt. Blakely, WA in 1925 as a tender for Sunny Point Packing Co. She is in documentation in 2018 at Ketchikan. AP photo from the archives of the Saltwater People Historical Society.©

‘Glacier Priest’, explorer with a heart for Alaska

Text with this photo states, “Father Bernard R. Hubbard, S.J., famous ‘Glacier Priest,’ led an exploration party through the wild and remote regions of the Alaska Peninsula last summer, checking geological changes in the volcanic region and discovering a new harbor in the crater of Bogoslov, a marine volcano known as “the Disappearing Island of […]

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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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