Museum logo
Museum logo

Photo Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Catalog Number WF 0178
Description Anacortes' City Float was located at the foot of Q Avenue where it met the Guemes Channel. Cap Sante is visible in background at right; the Anacortes Lumber & Box (in business from 1904-1941) dock is visible at far left. Harry Rickaby's boathouse and the Guemes Ferry float may be seen in the immediate right foreground. Rickaby, a native of England who came to Fidalgo Island in 1882 (W. H. Burdon of March's Point was his uncle) was in business at the City Float location as early as 1893. The 8-3-1893, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Mr. Rickaby of this city, before coming to America was for six months employed on the war ship VICTORIA, lost recently in the Mediterranean. Mr. Rickaby and Lindsay have a number of good sail and row boats at the foot of Q Avenue where they are prepared to furnish camping parties with any kind of an outfit." Rickaby built boats here at his boathouse and in 1912 launched his own ferry service to Guemes Island. The County contract was for $105 a month. The fare was 5 cents each way, with a boat carrying 35 passengers on 6 trips a day. (GUEMES GLEANINGS, p. 10.) Rickaby served as harbor master and died in 1945. The aerial view of where City Float was located may be seen in WF 0101.

1913 ANACORTES AMERICAN, 7-31-1913, Harry Rickaby has started the construction of a new
boathouse for use in his launch business and as headquarters for the Guemes island
ferry.
1915 ANACORTES AMERICAN, 3-18-1915, "New ferry is launched; will go on the Guemes run the
latter part of the week. Has capacity of sixty passengers." "The new Guemes ferry,
given the name of ELK II by her owners, Rickaby and Taylor."
ANACORTES AMERICAN, 3-22-1915, The new and speedy Elk No. 2 will leave Rickaby's float
on Sunday morning next ... for Saddlebag Island, the home of the wild lily. The Elk will
return for the picnickers at 3:00 and will then give a lengthy run on the sound.. Fare round
trip, 25 cents. Bring a basket and spend the day on Saddlebag.
Date 1915 c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Postcard
Structure - maritime
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Anacortes City Float
Anacortes Lumber & Box Co.
boathouse
Guemes Ferry
sailboat
rowboat
ELK II
Saddlebag Island
Object Name Postcard