The Early Exploration of Inland Washington Waters

Journals and Logs from Six Expeditions, 1786–1792


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About the Book

For those armchair historians interested in the initial nautical exploration of inland Washington waters, this text is a significant addition to Northwest maritime history. Beginning in 1786 and continuing through 1792, The Early Exploration of Inland Washington Waters includes transcriptions of all of the logs and journals of the area’s earliest explorers. This text follows the initial journey of John Meares, four intervening expeditions by the Spanish, and culminates with George Vancouver’s voyage in 1792.
This fascinating read includes the first European descriptions of Puget Sound Country and the people who lived here. It also records the events and history surrounding the naming of many prominent locations in the area by Vancouver including Puget Sound, Whidbey and Vashon Islands, Hood Canal, Admiralty Inlet, Mounts Rainer and Baker, etc. Readers will also be fascinated by the numerous Spanish names including the Haro Strait, Port Angeles, Padilla Bay, Sucia, Matia and Patos Islands as well as many more which did not stand the test of time. We owe our history to these early explorers; this text brings them to life.

About the Author(s)

Richard W. Blumenthal’s first nautical experience was with an eight foot homemade dingy. After a 30 year career with phone company US West, he has devoted his energies to researching the early exploration of inland Washington water and investigating himself the Puget Sound aboard his forty-four foot Hatteras. He lives in Bellevue, Washington.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Richard W. Blumenthal
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1879-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-2713-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface            1
1. Meares Expeditions            3
2. Narvaez Expedition            17
3. Quimper Expedition      23
4. Eliza Expedition      46
5. Galiano and Valdéz Expedition      73
6.Vancouver Expedition      102
Appendix: Muster Tables of Discovery and Chatham      195
Bibliography      203
Index      207

Book Reviews & Awards

“Fascinating”—Sailing Magazine.