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Photo taken off the Washington Coast when a tug was 
attempting to get a line aboard during heavy weather.
AP Wire Photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

Schooner Commodore races against leakage from Puget Sound around Cape Horn

“A modern day counterpart of Mutiny on the Bounty was disclosed by a seaman who returned here after a tortuous 143-day voyage in a leaky four-masted schooner with a captain who was partially ‘out of his head’ with a brain tumor. The scene of the marine drama was aboard the once proud schooner Commodore, famed […]

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San Juan II--(4)

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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