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Catalog Number WF 2344
Description WF 2344-2349 are views of the tug BEATRICE BAER. This view is of it in Anacortes after it capsized near Dennis Shoal in Rosario Straits. The tug was built for William A. Lowman, president of the Coast Fish Company, in 1912, and was named for his wife, Beatrice. The 4-11-1912 ANACORTES AMERICAN announced, "New craft is launched here. One of the finest tugs on Puget Sound goes into the deep this morning. Vessel cost over $25,000. One of the largest and finest sea-going tugs to be found sailing on Puget Sound was launched in Anacortes this morning ... The BEATRICE BAER has been constructed at a cost of something over $25,000 and was built in this city, at the company's wharf by J. A. Taylor ... Capt. Harvey Hurd will be the master ... Charles Bresley ... its chief engineer. She will carry a crew of about seven or eight hands." The 7-18-1912 edition published the first photo of the vessel. The 2-20-1952 paper reported on the vessel's capsizing near Dennis Shoal and its salvage by Pacific Tow Boat Company of Anacortes, an operation "carried out with a Foss derrick, the largest on Puget Sounds." Pacific Tow Boat also did the work to repair the boat which was renamed the SEA OTTER in 1973. Brady took a series of photographs of the vessel which may have been used for insurance purposes. Several were printed in the 2-20-1952 paper. These were among Brady's last shots; he retired in October 1952.
Date 1952 February
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Transportation - Maritime
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Dennis Shoal
Rosario Straits
Coast Fish Company
Pacific Towboat Company
Object Name Negative