Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Wooden Wheel Cove. July 26-27, 2011

03 August 2011 | posted at Metlakatla
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: "Backdoor Bill" as shown in Glaciers, Bears and Totems.

"That's not a fisherman," said Ward Eldridge, resident of Wooden Wheel Cove as he looked through a copy of Glaciers, Bears and Totems. He was referring to a photo labeled "A fisherman waits for an opening on the dock at Wooden Wheel Cove."

"Who is he then?" I asked. "He's dressed like a fisherman and he's sitting on the dock with the other fishermen."

"That's 'Backdoor Bill'", Ward answered. "I hear he's a fair mechanic but mostly he does what he's doing in the picture, kibbutzing with the fishermen. He's called Backdoor Bill because the first time he met one of the women here he went up to her backdoor and was real polite. He asked for a cup of sugar or something like that."

Alaskan fishermen used to be famous for their nicknames that described something about them like "Wooden Wheel Johnson" who carved a propeller out of wood. I had thought the practice was over but apparently, at least in Wooden Wheel Cove, this little bit of color still remains.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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