March 17th, 2020

John Wayne’s Nor’Wester: 2010

John Wayne’s first yacht, the Nor’wester, pictured here as a participant in the 2010 Anacortes Work Boat Races. Originally built in 1932, the Norwester was first christened the “Chiro” by her owner Charles Gilbert. In 1937 she was sold, and ended up serving the Navy during WWII to help patrol the coast. After the war, it was actually John Wayne’s business manager, Boo Roos, who found her. It wasn’t long after that, in 1945, he sold her to his friend and client John Wayne. The actor motored around the San Juans in this beauty.

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About Photographer 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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