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Steamer VIRGINIA V
on her first trip to Seattle 1922. Photo from the Williamson Collection on a promotional 
postcard published by the Steamer VIRGINIA V Foundation. From the Clinton Betz Collection, Saltwater People Historical Society©

Under the influence of salt air

“The steamer VIRGINIA V must rank among the more famous Puget Sound steamboats of all time. Her record of dependability, owing to the clock-like regularity she maintained on the Seattle and Tacoma route, seven days a week for 16 years; compares favorably with the records of such steamers as the FLYER and the TACOMA. Finally, as the last of the […]

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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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