Storied history

Published July 16, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

The W.T. Preston No. 2, built in 1939 at the Lake Union Dry Dock Company. A new ship except for main engines, steering engine, generator reverse engine, donkey and swing engine and propelling wheel, all transferred from W.T. Preston No. 1. The original W.T. Preston, built at Lake Union Shipyard, featured a wood hull. House and deck equipment were moved from the snag boat “Swinomish.” Captain George S. Murch was  Master of W.T. Preston No. 2 until July 1, 1962, when he retired. Murch stated: “I am happy to turn the command of the W.T. Preston back to the Corps of Engineers knowing that I have completed the 80th year of snag boat work.”

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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