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Catalog Number D.IX.108
Description 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 February 11, 1943, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on Paul Satko's return visit to Washington from Juneau. 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 1940/05/16
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Transportation - Maritime
People SATKO, Paul
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms ARK OF JUNEAU
Object Name Print, Photographic