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History of the Shaw Island-built tender-tug Bermuda

The wooden cannery tender/tug Bermuda was built at Hoffman Cove, Shaw Island, in 1908-1909, by boatbuilder Delbert E. Hoffman, who came to the San Juan Islands in the 1880s. The vessel was built for three island brothers, E.B. “Bert”, Jr., F.E. “Gene,” and William Fowler. Local historians have not heard of Bermuda ever leaving her home waters […]

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Making the cut: From creek to canal, a first hand look

In 1975 Ralph Waldo Johnson wrote two articles for the Puget Sound Maritime publication The Sea Chest: “Memory Digs a Canal –The Creek” followed by “Memory Digs a Canal – Concluded.” Nancy Dulaney of Rainier Valley Historical Society previews these articles which are now available digitally as a combined PDF file – highly recommended reading […]

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Making the cut: The first vessels through the Lake Washington Ship Canal

Puget Sound Maritime researcher Joe Baar takes a second look at some photos associated with the Lake Washington Ship Canal. This is one of an occasional series of essays commemorating the centennial of the Ballard Locks and the Ship Canal. Several early photographic images of vessels transiting the Ship Canal are well known and the […]

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