September 22nd, 2006

Empress visits

She looked beautiful, tied up at Curtis Wharf with the September sun bathing her decks in light. “She” is the Empress of the North, a sternwheeler built by Nichols Brothers on Whidbey Island and now based in Portland. The Empress made a once-a-year stop in Anacortes Friday, drawing the attention of executive directors from the Port of Anacortes and the Chamber of Commerce. Executives Bob Hyde and Mitch Everton took the opportunity to welcome the vessel and crew to town, and then to “plant a seed” toward more frequent visits. In addition, there will be efforts made to keep the cruise vessel’s 200-plus guests in town, rather than moving from boat to bus to LaConner. Ship’s historian Clara graciously consented to a tour for local guests, and I was fortunate enough to join them. See more photos in Activities section under “Empress of North.”

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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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