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WF 0175 -

Curtis Wharf Company on the Curtis Dock at the foot of O Street on Guemes Channel waterfront. 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 Ave. By 1910 the Curtis Dock was listed regularly in the City Directory, a listing that continued through the 1962 phone book; there was no listing in the 1975 directory. The wharf was demolished in September 1992 despite efforts to preserve it. The 1917 City Directory listing [below] is the most extensive for the Curtis Wharf Company, and gives a good idea of the type of activities occurring there. Curtis also started the Anacortes Ice Company at the

Image of D.IX.008 - Curtis Wharf

D.IX.008 - Curtis Wharf

Curtis Wharf Company on the Curtis Dock at the foot of O Street on Guemes Channel waterfront. 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 Ave. By 1910 the Curtis Dock was listed regularly in the City Directory, a listing that continued through the 1962 phone book; there was no listing in the 1975 directory. The wharf was demolished in September 1992 despite efforts to preserve it. The 1917 City Directory listing [below] is the most extensive for the Curtis Wharf Company, and gives a good idea of the type of activities occurring there. Curtis also started the Anacortes Ice Company at the

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

Image of WF 2386 - Ferry - CITY OF ANGELES

WF 2386 - Ferry - CITY OF ANGELES

This ferry, CITY OF ANGELES, was built in California in 1906. 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", according to H. W. MCCURDY MARINE HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, p. 336. She was powered by a 65-horsepower Troyer-Fox engine. That same year, the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported that the new ferry to Sidney was "very successful and attracts thousands of visitors. Puge

Image of WF 2387.A,B,C - Ferries - PUGET (right) and CITY OF BELLINGHAM

WF 2387.A,B,C - Ferries - PUGET (right) and CITY OF BELLINGHAM

Two ferries, CITY OF BELLINGHAM and PUGET, near the Anacortes landing. The ferries were owned by the Puget Sound Transportation Company's Black Ball Line. The CITY OF BELLINGHAM was built in 1916 as the steam ferry KITSAP II for the Kitsap County Transportation Company. A ferry call KITSAP, owned by W. L. Gazzan, ran between Anacortes, Bellingham and Seattle daily in 1910; see "Kitsap starts run on February 28th" in the 2-17-1910 ANACORTES AMERICAN. Retaining her machinery, KITSAP II was stripped down and rebuilt to carry cars, emerging in 1924 as the ferry CITY OF BELLINGHAM. She was acquired by the Puget Sound Navigation Company and in 1929 rebuilt at Houghton as the QUILCENE, her length be

Image of WF 2388 - Ferry - CITY OF BREMERTON

WF 2388 - Ferry - CITY OF BREMERTON

The CITY OF BREMERTON was built in Everett in 1901 for the Thompson Steamboat Company and originally named the MAJESTIC. Sometime after 1910, the vessel was acquired by the Puget Sound Navigation Company and renamed the WHATCOM. It served the Seattle- Bellingham route with stops in Anacortes. See the ad in the 7-19-1917 ANACORTES AMERICAN and WF 5422. Shortly thereafter, the vessel was completely replaced on this run by the KULSHAN; see WF 2390. In 1921, the WHATCOM was converted to a car ferry capable of carrying 60 cars and 1500 passengers and renamed CITY OF BREMERTON for the Seattle - Bremerton run. It was broken up in 1939. See also WF 2378, 2379, 2389. Various ferry landings have s

Image of WF 2389 - Ferry - CITY OF BREMERTON

WF 2389 - Ferry - CITY OF BREMERTON

The CITY OF BREMERTON was built in Everett in 1901 for the Thompson Steamboat Company and originally named the MAJESTIC. Sometime after 1910, the vessel was acquired by the Puget Sound Navigation Company and renamed the WHATCOM. It served the Seattle- Bellingham route with stops in Anacortes. See the ad in the 7-19-1917 ANACORTES AMERICAN and WF 5422. Shortly thereafter, the vessel was completely replaced on this run by the KULSHAN; see WF 2390. In 1921, the WHATCOM was converted to a car ferry capable of carrying 60 cars and 1500 passengers and renamed CITY OF BREMERTON for the Seattle - Bremerton run. It was broken up in 1939. See also WF 2378, 2379, 2388. Various ferry landings have s

Image of WF 2391 - Ferry - QUILCENE

WF 2391 - Ferry - QUILCENE

The ferry QUILCENE, which passengers on the upper deck, began life as the steam ferry KITSAP II, built in 1916 for the Kitsap Country Trahsportation Company; see WF 2382. By the early 1920s, "the automobile was already becoming king, and in order to survive, companies were converting steamers left and right until proper auto ferries could be built. Retaining her machinery, the KITSAP II was stripped down and rebuilt to carry cars, emerging in 1924 as the ferry CITY OF BELLINGHAM." She was soon acquired by the Puget Sound Navigation Company and in 1929 the vessel was "completely rebuilt at Houghton as the QUILCENE, her length being increased from 141 to 146 feet and her beam from 26 to 43 fe

Image of WF 2392.A,B,C,D - Ferry - ROSARIO

WF 2392.A,B,C,D - Ferry - ROSARIO

This view of the wooden ferry ROSARIO on the Guemes Channel is labeled, "Anacortes - Sidney - San Juan Ferry Rosario, Brady." The ROSARIO was built in 1923 at the John Martinolich Yard at Dockton on Vashon Island. Originally named the WHIDBY (sic), the boat was constructed as a steam-powered vessel for the Puget Sound Navigation Company's run from Everett to Whidbey Island. In 1931 Puget Sound Navigation rebuilt the boat for use on any of its routes. Originally constructed at 114', the boat was lengthened to 155', resulting in a larger car-carrying capacity. Its steam engine was replaced with a 600 horsepower Sumner diesel, and her name was changed to ROSARIO. See WF 2387; the WHIDBY'S eng