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Image of 1997.249 - Curtis Wharf

1997.249 - Curtis Wharf

Curtis Wharf on Guemes Channel

Image of D.IV.153 - Anacortes Ice Company transportation

D.IV.153 - Anacortes Ice Company transportation

Anacortes Ice Company truck at Curtis Wharf in top photo. Bottom photo shows Charlie Stokes, Les Neeley, and Bill Charlot with Ice Company's trucks and Mack at Curtis Wharf in 1924. More information in 1925 Anacortes Calendar.

Image of D.IV.159 - Curtis Wharf

D.IV.159 - Curtis Wharf

Curtis Wharf in the late 1980s boarded up and condemed.

Image of WF 0173.A,B,C -

WF 0173.A,B,C -

This American Express Office was based at the Curtis Dock at the foot of O Street on Guemes Channel waterfront. First mention of the office in city directories is in 1917, but the date of c.1906 is from the Madge Stafford collection. Stafford was married to Charles F. Stafford who took over management of the Curtis Wharf after the death of Melville Curtis in 1925. Melville Curtis started the business at the Curtis Wharf sometime between 1903 and 1905 by establishing a "coal and builders supply" at the foot of O Avenue. By 1910 the Curtis Dock was listed regularly in the City Directory, a listing that continued through the 1962 phone book; there is no listing in the 1975 directory. The wharf w

Image of WF 0255.A,B,C - Commercial and 15th

WF 0255.A,B,C - Commercial and 15th

Southside jitney on Commercial Ave. View looks SW from 16th and Commercial. Drake Auto Body, seen on the right side of Commercial was located at 1606 Commercial from c. 1937 - c. 1950. (It was listed in the 1948 directory, and gone in the 1955 directory.) The other businesses south of Drake's Auto Body Shop were, in 1937, Standard Furniture Repair (1608 Commercial), Dick Dragovich Shoe Repair (1610 Commercial), Walton's Bakery (1610 Commercial), Ted's Fruit and Produce (1614 Commercial), and Jim's Corner, a gas station, at 1704 Commercial; the gas station is barely visible at far end of row of buildings. The 1-17-1929, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported that Bill Bessner had purchased the "Southsid

Image of D.IV.043.A,B - American Express office

D.IV.043.A,B - American Express office

This American Express Office was based at the Curtis Dock at the foot of O Street on Guemes Channel waterfront. First mention on the office in city directories is in 1917, but the date of c. 1906 is from the Madge Stafford collection. Stafford was married to Charles F. Stafford who took over management of the Curtis Wharf after the death of Melville Curtis in 1925. Melville Curtis started the business at the Curtis Wharf sometime between 1903 and 1905 by establishing a "coal and builders supply" at the foot of O. By 1910 the Curtis Dock was listed regularly in the City Directory, a listing that continued through the 1962 phone book; there is no listing in the 1975 directory. The wharf was d

Image of WF 0699 - Melville Curtis

WF 0699 - Melville Curtis

Melville Curtis, 1849-1925, was the younger brother of Annie (aka Anna, Anne) Curtis Bowman. See WF 0693 for information on her. Melville Curtis built the Curtis Wharf at the foot of O Avenue in 1903 and was one of the organizers of the Anacortes Ice Company located there. He married Fanny Backus Wright in California in 1883 and in 1885 they purchased property on Fidalgo Island. In 1887 the family moved to Port Townsend where Melville managed the Puget Sound Blast Furnace at Irondale. The family moved to Anacortes in 1890. The couple had four daughters: Morri, Louise, Alleen, and Helen. Melville served as the mayor of Anacortes in 1893 and 1895, and for eight years he was a city councilman.

Image of WF 1993 - Fishing boats at Booth Fisheries dock

WF 1993 - Fishing boats at Booth Fisheries dock

Fishing boats are docked in front of Booth Fisheries cannery, located at the foot of M Avenue and 3rd from c. 1937-1938. Curtis Wharf is visible at left rear. Fishing boats visible left to right: NEW ZEALAND, RIO RITA, RIO GRANDE, HOLLYWOOD, ?, GOVERNOR HARTLEY, KALANE. These vessels may be seen in the Guemes Channel in WF 1996, 1997.

Image of WF 2375 - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

WF 2375 - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. People appear to be waiting for the ferry to load or unload. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels of "Mosquito Fleet" vintage continued to dock there until those wooden vessels gradually became obsolete and transportation routes were consolidated on the Sound by such lines as the Puget Sound Navigation Company. Starting around c. 1915, that company's Black Ball

Image of WF 2376 - Puget Sound Navigations Co. Ferry Landing

WF 2376 - Puget Sound Navigations Co. Ferry Landing

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Passengers are debarking the vessel. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels of "Mosquito Fleet" vintage continued to dock there until those wooden vessels gradually became obsolete and transportation routes were consolidated on the Sound by such lines as the Puget Sound Navigation Company. Starting around c. 1915, that company's Black Ball Line docked its domestic

Image of WF 2377.A,B,C - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

WF 2377.A,B,C - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Passengers are debarking the ferry, CITY OF ANGELES, which was built in California in 1906. The vessel's name is visible through the top of the ferry ramp; see also WF 2224, 2226, 2386. She began serving the newly initiated Anacortes-San Juan Island run in 1923. "The newly converted ferry CITY OF ANGELES, chartered from the Puget Sound Navigation Co., was placed in service in May between Anacortes and Sidney, B. C., with stops at Orcas and Roche Harbor in the San Juan Islands, by the Victoria-Anacortes Ferry Co., headed by Capt. Harry W. Crosby

Image of WF 2378 - CITY OF KINGSTON - Curtis Dock

WF 2378 - CITY OF KINGSTON - Curtis Dock

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Passengers are debarking the ferry, which appears to be the CITY OF KINGSTON, judging from the life ring on the boat in the upper left corner of the image. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels of "Mosquito Fleet" vintage continued to dock there until those wooden vessels gradually became obsolete and transportation routes were consolidated on the Sound by such li

Image of WF 2390 - Steamer - KULSHAN

WF 2390 - Steamer - KULSHAN

The KULSHAN, named for the Indians' traditional name for Mt. Baker of Koma Kulshan, was built in Seattle in 1910 by the Moran Shipbuilding Company, a "first-class steel screw steamer." This view is labeled, "No. 14, Str. Kulshan, at Anacortes, Wash., Bower & Brady." The vessel weighed 926 tons, with dimensions of 160.3 x 32 x 20.7, and "was equipped with triple-expansion engine (17, 28, 47.5 x 36) with steam at 225 pounds working pressure from two oil-fired water tube boilers. The engine developed 1,100 horsepower. Her contract speed of 13 knows was easily exceeded on her four-hour continuous teaming trials, during which she averaged 14.32 knots." Following her construction, the KULSHAN serve

Image of WF 2379 - CITY OF KINGSTON - Curtis Dock

WF 2379 - CITY OF KINGSTON - Curtis Dock

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Passengers are debarking the ferry, which appears to be the CITY OF KINGSTON, judging from the life ring on the boat in the upper left corner of the image. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels of "Mosquito Fleet" vintage continued to dock there until those wooden vessels gradually became obsolete and transportation routes were consolidated on the Sound by such li

Image of WF 2380.A,B,C,D - Anacortes-Sidney ferry dock, Curtis Wharf

WF 2380.A,B,C,D - Anacortes-Sidney ferry dock, Curtis Wharf

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Melville Curtis constructed the dock in 1903 as a terminal for daily passenger and freight service to the San Juan Islands and Seattle. In 1925, Curtis expanded the dock and constructed a new ferry slip to accommodate large auto ferries. This image offers a good view of the ferry landing without passengers or autos. Note the Customs office at left, and signs near the ferry landing for "San Juan island cars [left]" and "Sidney, B. C. cars [right]." The ticket office on the left side is near the ferry ramp. The snack shop at right side has signs

Image of WF 2381 - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

WF 2381 - Puget Sound Navigation Co. Ferry Landing

This view is of Puget Sound Navigation Company's ferry landing for its Black Ball ferry line at Curtis Dock at the foot of O Avenue on Guemes Channel. Melville Curtis constructed the dock in 1903 as a terminal for daily passenger and freight service to the San Juan Islands and Seattle. In 1925, Curtis expanded the dock and constructed a new ferry slip to accommodate large auto ferries. This image offers a good view of the ferry landing without passengers or autos. Note the Customs office at left, and signs near the ferry landing for "San Juan island cars [left]" and "Sidney, B. C. cars [right]." The ticket office on the left side is near the ferry ramp. There is also a sign on the building a

Image of WF 2382 - Ferry BAINBRIDGE

WF 2382 - Ferry BAINBRIDGE

This view of the ferry BAINBRIDGE on the Guemes Channel is labeled, "#97, Anacortes-Sidney Ferry Bainbridge - Anacortes, Wash., Brady." This gasoline powered ferry was built in 1908 by the Lake Washington Shipyard in Houghton for the Kitsap County Transportation Company (KCTC). It was one of three ferries, including the VASHON and KITSAP, that served the KCTC and hastened the development of the Kitsap Peninsula as well as Vashon Island. Puget Sound Navigation Company (PSNC) purchased the BAINBRIDGE c. 1918. When PSNC sold out to the newly created Washington State Ferries in 1951, the BAINBRIDGE was withheld from the sale to begin service in a new company called Black Ball Ferries Ltd., organi

Image of WF 2383 - Ferry CHIPPEWA

WF 2383 - Ferry CHIPPEWA

This is a view of the ferry CHIPPEWA landing at International Ferry Dock and 6th and I Avenue; it is the present-day site of the Guemes Ferry. It is labeled, "#99, Anacortes - Victoria - San Juan Ferry - Anacortes, Wash., Brady." See also WF 2384 and D.IX.116. Note the snack bar at the lower right corner; this was run by Claude and Marie Hapeman. On the left, cars exiting the ferry appear to be going through customs inspection, which would mean that this ferry run was from Victoria. The 212' x 53' twin-funneled, steel express ferry CHIPPEWA was built in 1900 in Toledo, Ohio, for use on the Great Lakes. It was purchased in 1907 by Puget Sound Navigation Company and brought round the Horn,

Image of WF 2384 - Ferry - CHIPPEWA

WF 2384 - Ferry - CHIPPEWA

This is a view of the ferry CHIPPEWA landing at International Ferry Dock and 6th and I Avenue; it is the present-day site of the Guemes Ferry. It is labeled, "#100, Anacortes - Victoria - San Juan Ferry - Anacortes, Wash., Brady." See also WF 2383. The 212' x 53' twin-funneled, steel express ferry CHIPPEWA was built in 1900 in Toledo, Ohio, for use on the Great Lakes. It was purchased in 1907 by Puget Sound Navigation Company and brought round the Horn, an eighty-day voyage with many difficulties. After repairing the vessel, she was put on the Seattle-Victoria run. The 2-1-1926 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported the ferry was to be rebuilt. Due to the increase of car travel in the Puget Sound regi

Image of WF 2385 - Ferry - CITY OF ANACORTES

WF 2385 - Ferry - CITY OF ANACORTES

This ferry, CITY OF ANACORTES, was part of Inland Passenger & Express Company owned by William H. Kasch. It is unsure if he was the same Kasch family as the shopkeeper in WF 0134. The 66 x 12 foot passenger and freight boat was built in 1909 by William Reed on Decatur Island and operated between Friday Harbor, Waldron, Decatur, and Anacortes. According to H. W. McCURDY MARINE HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, p. 161, it was powered by a 65-horsepower Troyer-Fox engine. Various ferry landings have served Fidalgo Island since 1890. The traditional landing place for passenger boats at that time was the Ocean Dock located at the foot of P/Commercial Avenue on the Guemes Channel. Vessels