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Catalog Number WF 1091
Caption Gilkey Brothers Towing Company
Description Gilkey Brothers Towing (David, Walter, and William) began in Anacortes 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", according to 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 3-10-1925 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Greer-Christy Towing Company amalgamates; Gilkey Towing Company perfected." The 11-19-1925 edition reported, "Gilkey Brothers Towing Company purchases waterfront property for dock purposes." This property was located 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 7-11-1929 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. The 1948 city directory no longer listed the business, but William Gilkey was listed as a dispatcher for Pacific Tow Boat Company. The men in this image are not identified. See also WF 2256, 2258, 3896-3900, 5447, 5448.
Date 1930s - c. late
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Gilkey Brothers Towing Company
steam cannery tender SOUND
Coast Fish Company
harbor towing
Shipowners & Merchants Tugboat Company
Greer-Christy Towing Company
Morrison Boom
Fidalgo Boom
Puget Sound Tug and Barge
Pacific Towboat Company
Object Name Negative