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Catalog Number WF 2353
Caption Ark of Juneau - Paul & Mollie Satko
Description Front view of the ARK OF JUNEAU in Guemes Channel. The boat belonged to the Satko family, who came to Washington from Virginia during the Great Depression. Paul and Mollie Satko, together with seven children from two marriages, headed west c.1938 aboard the "skeleton of a boat fitted to chassis of a truck." Upon arriving at Puget Sound, the craft, dubbed ARK OF JUNEAU, failed the Coast Guard seaworthiness test. A court order forbade Satko from sailing until specified changes had been made. After a week-long stay in Anacortes, sponsored by the Anacortes chamber of Commerce, the Satkos defied the court order and, early on the morning of May 26, 1940, slipped out of Crouders Boat Yard [foot of Commercial Avenue] and sailed for Nanaimo, British Columbia. None of the repairs ordered by the Coast Guard had been made. On July 4, 1940 the Satkos were pictured in Ketchikan Harbor aboard the ARK OF JUNEAU [see July 4, 1940, ANACORTES AMERICAN] en route, Mollie Satko had given birth to her eighth child, a girl they named North Sea Meridian Satko. The Satkos prospered in Alaska thanks to a "fresh vegetable business". The February 11, 1943 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on Paul Satko's return visit to Washington from Juneau. He now had a "112 acre ranch, automobile, and money in his pocket." Paul died in 1957 and Mollie died in 1995. See May 6, 1995 SEATTLE TIMES for obituary of Mollie Satko and photo of the ARK OF JUNEAU when it was still a truck on wheels.
Date 1940
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Maritime - Boat
People
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms ARK OF JUNEAU
Ark
Object Name Negative