January 20th, 2024

‘Old Ironsides’ once visited Anacortes: 1933

Few people know that the community of Anacortes was once honored with a 5-day visit by U.S. Frigate Constitution, affectionately referred to as “Old Ironsides.” The masted vessel dropped anchor in Anacortes in 1933 during a rare Pacific Coast tour. A program from the event includes a note from Chamber of Anacortes President Ed Schwartz. Also listed in the brochure were honorary event chairmen including mayors from Fidalgo and Whidbey islands. Daily tours on the ship were free, with special events including a dance taking place evenings in town. Primary event sponsor here was the Associated Oil Company of Anacortes. The storied history of this 44-gun warship dates to its launching in Boston in 1797. In addition to active service during times of war, she has served as a training ship and floating museum. She has survived several efforts to take her out of service, and is still in commission as a U.S. Navy warship, open for public tours in Boston.

Steve Berentson

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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