Anacortes native Jack Hill, who died at age 102 on March 23, 2017, was a remarkable man. I was privileged to interview him in 2008 as he was one of few locals who had worked on construction of both Shell and Texaco refineries on March’s Point. Hill worked for Bechtel on the construction projects, then […]
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, […]
Anacortes Railway Co. owners Anne and Tommy Thompson. Tommy hand-built this locomotive and passenger cars, operating several years on a narrow gauge track between 4th Street and the Calico Cupboard Restaurant on Commercial Avenue. Tommy died in 1999, and Anne donated the train to the City of Anacortes.
It was the fall of 2008 when I took these photos of the BMW Oracle Racing Team bringing their prize product into Lovric’s Sea-Craft boatyard on the Guemes Channel. The team, which built the 90-foot trimaran here and tested it in Rosario Strait, ultimately barged the vessel to San Diego. Team helmsman James Spithill said […]
This image is a “look-back” on two levels. It was seven years ago that Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell accepted an invitation from the Chamber of Commerce to deliver a “State of the City” message at a membership luncheon. Among slides in his presentation was a black and white photo from the archives of the Anacortes […]
He would have been 95 years old today. Buehl Jerome Berentson, born in Anacortes on February 24, 1925 to Marion and Martha Berentson. As photos indicate, Dad followed the path taken by many in his generation: from high school to wartime military service, in his case the U.S. Navy and the Pacific Theatre. Home safe […]
The Grumman EA-6B was a four-seat electronic countermeasures aircraft flown out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station for many years. I shot this photo before a Cessna flight with a civilian instructor associated with non-Navy operations at a facility adjacent to the Oak Harbor base. The civilian group has since relocated to Bayview Airport in […]