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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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Atka in Budd Inlet at Olympia Harbor Days (lg Evans Marine Images)

Tug of the Month: ATKA

ATKA was designed by Albert Glaser and built by Albert and his son Alan Glaser beginning in 1972 and completed and launched in 1974-75, at Eagledale, Eagle Harbor, on Bainbridge Island.  Albert was owner and skipper through 2005, when his son Alan took over those duties upon Albert’s passing.  Albert was at one time a […]

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Wallace Foss Circa 1934 - cropped image from Foss Maritime Company Archives

Tug of the Month: WALLACE FOSS

The long-lived tug WALLACE FOSS was built in 1897 in Tacoma’s “Old Town” by Steven Barbare for use in the Klondike Gold Rush. She was originally designed as a passenger vessel and at first was christened the Oscar B. Gordon Newell’s 1960 comprehensive history, “Ships of the Inland Sea” lists her as rebuilt in 1899, from a […]

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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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