Halibut Steamers

•October 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

SAN JUAN and NEW ENGLAND were part of the North Pacific halibut steamer fleet  based in Seattle.



•December 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The salmon cannery tender ILWACO was typical of the wooden vessels I worked on in the 1970s as a union mate and captain navigating the Salish Sea, the coast of British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska for New England Fish Company.

Te Vega

•September 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The USS Juniata (IX-77), a two-masted, gaff-rigged, topsail schooner, was based in San Francisco during World War II. The 137 foot, steel-hulled, U.S. Navy vessel patrolled the Western Sea Frontier between California and Hawaii. It was sold and renamed Te Vega, and is now used as a sailing and research school.

Waterspout and Whirlpool

•June 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Seafarers beware the waterspout and whirlpool.

Walnut and Mistletoe

•March 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

United States Coast Guard Coastal Buoy Tenders Walnut (175-ft) and Mistletoe.


•February 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

A & P cannery tender PETREL (76-ft) in the San Juan Islands.

Beach Mail

•February 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

In May 1961, the S.S. ISLAND MAIL (474-ft) was beached off Fidalgo Island to prevent sinking, after striking a submerged object off Smith Island between Port Townsend and Anacortes.