|Catalog Number||WF 3937|
|Description||This portrait of Dave Gilkey was taken for the Masonic lodge. David Gilkey and his five brothers Mark, Charles, Walter, Frank, and William began Gilkey Brothers Tug and Towing Company during World War I. In 1920, they "embarked upon an expansion program which was to make their towing fleet one of the largest in the Northwest, in 1920 purchasing the 52.5-foot steam cannery tender SOUND of 130 horsepower from the Coast Fish Co. of Seattle, for harbor towing, and the steam tug SEA KING from the Shipowners & Merchants Tugboat Co. of San Francisco, for Strait and Sound log towing. The SEA KING, built at San Francisco in 1883, was a wooden vessel of 181 tons." "H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest", p. 306. The brothers were listed in the 1921 city directory, but not as Gilkey Brothers Towing. The March 10, 1925, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Greer-Christy Towing Company amalgamates; Gilkey Towing Company perfected." On November 19, 1925, the paper reported, "Gilkey Brothers Towing Company purchases waterfront property for dock purposes." That property was at 2nd and Q Avenue. The 1926 city directory listed Gilkey Brothers Towing Company at 2nd and Q with phone numbers for the main office, waiting room, Morrison Boom, and Fidalgo Boom. The July 11, 1929, paper reported that Gilkey Towing Company merged with Puget Sound Tug and Barge of Seattle. The business continued to be known as Gilkey Brothers Towing until the mid-1940s. In the 1948 city directory the business was no longer listed, and William Gilkey was listed as a dispatcher for Pacific Tow Boat Company.|
|Collection||Wallie Funk Collection|
Place - Anacortes, WA
|Credit line||Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection|
GILKEY, David "Dave"