February 11th, 2021

Altair-Americus Memorial Park: 1991

Sunday, February 14 marks 38 years since the tragic loss of Anacortes-based crab fishing boats “Altair” and “Americus” and their 14 crewmembers in a Bering Sea storm. A tribute plaque to those who died in the 1983 accident was dedicated in 1991. It stands near the W.T. Preston sternwheeler and Cap Sante Marina. (Photo from 2017)

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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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