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The history of Capt. Charles Ellsworth Maxwell and the San Juan Transport Co.

Charles and his father purchased the FOX, a 37-ft boat and established a freight and passenger run to the San Juan Islands.  In the summer of 1907 they ran an excursion from Lopez Island to Bellingham. It was on this trip that Charles met his future wife Miss Bessie Larrabee; two years later they swallowed the […]

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Coast Survey adds historical publications to online collection

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY: by Melissa Volkert, Coast Survey communications associate NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey has added a wide range of publications to our Historical Map and Chart Collection. The collection of publications consists of annual reports, catalogs, United States Coast Pilot, Notes on the Coast, and special reports. The collection contains over […]

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A look at cruising the San Juan Islands in the 1940s by June Burn

Day 64 of 100 Days in the San Juans written by former San Juan County islander June Burn on contract with the Seattle P-I in the summer of 1946. “A raw, windy Sunday morning beside a comfortable fire, breakfast just over, a seagull winging over the tidy little Stuart Island dock, swallows dipping, our smoke blowing towards this incredible […]

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