B Dock

Will Your Anchor Hold?

2 Comments 28 November 2010

What do you see in this pic?  Of course you see Fidalgo Bay and the Texaco Oil Refinery on March Point.  I took the picture yesterday (11/27/2010) from the parking lot of the Anacortes Marina.  Tuesday night, (11/23/2010), there was a pretty stiff blow from the NNE.  Lots of cold air rushing down from the Fraser River valley and coming right over the top of Cap Sante and Guemes Island. The area between Cap Sante and Anacortes Marina is a popular anchorage and it is common to see several boats anchored out either overnight or for a few days. Unfortunately, a nice two-masted sailboat came loose and lodged against the northern breakwater of Anacortes Marina adjacent to “A” dock.  She was not up to the pounding from the wind and waves. I talked to diver Jim, who brought up a couple of hatches and checked out the salvage options…..probably a crane. No one was aboard, heavy fiberglass construction, something like a 36 to 40 footer. A sad Thanksiving ending for some sailors and a caution to all mariners.

(All pics are thumbnails; CLICK on them for the ‘big picture’…some enlarge a 2nd time depending on your settings and monitor capabilities.)

Somehow, it reminds me of that old hymn……..

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,

When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,

Will your anchor drift or firm remain?


This was Seafaring – a sea chest of salty memories

No Comments 27 November 2010

Book cover  Published 1955  Superior Publishing Co.   Seattle Here is a book that anyone with an interest in Northwest maritime history will absolutely love. The pictures themselves are worth the price of admission. Of course, it’s no longer in print, but copies can be found at wonderful bookstores like Powells and others.  Perhaps you are looking for that special nautical gift……here it is.  This book chronicles the slice of mostly Northwest maritime history that Andrews and Kirwin experienced firsthand.  Sailing ships, sail converting to steam; the days when lumber and fishing were the mainstays of the Northwest economy.  Harry Kirwin worked the boats and the docks, but he was also a part time newspaperman and an avid photographer.  The narrative is crisp and concise and the old photos….you just can’t find anywhere else.

Here’s an example.  Most around Seattle are familiar with the historic charter/excursion boat:  S.S.Virginia V.  If you dig into their website you can fiind that she was damaged after a gale blew her into the Fauntleroy ferry dock, but the old photo says so much more. CLICK on the thumbnail

And how about this Harry Kirwin photo from 1931 of the four-masted bark Monogahela being towed out of Lake Union before the last span of the Aurora Bridge is placed.

And near Saddlebag Island…..the story of the failed salvage of the tug Bahada complete with pics of the diving bell invented by a Seattle house mover.  The stories and wonderful old photos will enhance your historical and maritime perspective; you’ll be totally captivated.

Used copies are not expensive, but you won’t find this book in the big box stores.  If you search it out…..you will be well rewarded.  And that’s an understatement.  BIG Thanks to Ray Robinson for loaning it to me.

B Dock

Fishing Lesson

No Comments 01 November 2010

October 25 was a soggy day, just gray skies and rain.  Nevertheless, there was a pro fisherman at work just across the fairway from me on ‘C’ dock.  He showed superb concentration and flawless balance with his one-legged stance on the swimstep.  He never let on whether he was absorbed in the dancing raindrop ballet or whether he was concentrating on something a bit deeper, minute silver flashes of light, perhaps.  His technique was flawless.  Quick.  Precise.  Effortless execution.  Sushi on the lunch menu.  An then a return to the same nonplussed attitude that began the day.



Roxio just came out with PhotoShow, so I tossed the pics of Ernie Egret into their free program just for fun.

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