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Catalog Number WF 0663
Caption Sloan Shipyard, Guemes Island
Description Photo of Sloan Shipyard under construction on south shore of Guemes Island, west of ferry landing, which operated from c. 1915-1920 as Anacortes Shipways. The 5-24-1915, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Sloan lands contract. Will construct four here. Visits Anacortes to meet with local corporation ... Shipbuilder, who will be at head of Anacortes Plant, gets order for twelve ocean going wooden steamships assuring work for new yard on Guemes." W. V. Wells was elected president of the board of directors. "Executive of new concern says work will be started in three week's time. ... News that Joseph A. Sloan...has closed the contract for the construction of a fleet of twelve wooden hull ocean going cargo steamers, was received here with much joy this week... The impression he made bore out his reputation as being one of the 'live wires' in the boat building industry in Seattle...he declared that it was ideal for shipbuilding and could not be equaled anywhere on Puget Sound for the purpose." Entry for 1917 in McCURDY MARINE HISTORY: "Sloan shipyard: operates ways on Guemes Island due to E. F. C. or Emergency Fleet Corporation, formed on 4-17-1917 after US declaration of war on Germany. Builds ASOTIN, BAYDEN, BERTRAND, and LEOTA. H. C. Hanson is naval architect and marine engineer." The 1-23-1919, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported a strike at Sloan, "Workers walk out on orders from metal trades unions of Seattle. May necessitate delay in launching." The 5-23-1919, edition reported, "LEOTA is given beautiful launching at Guemes Yard. Second ship built in Anacortes by Sloan Shipyards Corporation. Goes down ways at 5:34 o'clock." The 4-1-1920, paper reported, "Joseph Sloan, head of the American Pacific Shipping Corporation has announced he is purchasing two unfinished ship hulls and will lease the Anacortes Shipyards from the US Government. The hulls were left unfinished at the end of the war. Sloan said they will be finished as 5-masted schooners." Joseph Sloan apparently lost his fortunes after the end of WWI when his shipyard closed. The 7-27-1922, paper reported, "Joseph A. Sloan dies a suicide. Former head of Anacortes Ship Building Company and prominent naval architect is found dead in hotel room in Seattle with bullet through his brain...For three years Sloan had not been in good health, it failing him largely as his fortunes had. Monday evening he was found in a Japanese rooming house with a revolver, which he had procured by pawning his cuff links, clutched in his hand." The 6-12-1923, edition reported, Sloan Shipyards and Anacortes Shipbuilding Co. soon to be only a memory: land, buildings and remaining materials sold to Mr. J. F. Jones of Tacoma who is on premises with a wrecking crew."
Date 1917, August 29
Photographer JUDD, C. L. (Charles LeRoy)
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Guemes Island
Industry - Boat Building
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Guemes Island, WA
Search Terms Guemes Island
Sloan Shipyard
Anacortes Shipways
cargo steamers
Fleet Corporation
naval architect
Object Name Print, Photographic