In the 60’s, William (Bill) Garden, renown Pacific northwest naval architect watched out his office window (in Seattle) as a Canadian dredge loaded with four lapstrake boats was towed enroute to the ship-wreckers across the canal. Buying the entire load, one of them was renamed Mary Anne. This was unfailing good luck as the family required a tender for our summer camp on the West coast of Vancouver Island.
As mentioned in our May (#34) Newsletter, Bill Garden, Naval Architect extraordinaire passed away on April 29th at the age of 92. His island, fondly known as Toad’s Landing, has since been placed on the real estate market and his possessions disbursed per his wishes. Jan was the fortunate beneficiary of his larger (turn-of-the-century) woodworking machinery. Some pieces were already in place when Bill purchased the island. The island, actually known as Johnson Islet, was purportedly owned by homesteader and renown local pioneer, W. Newell Copeland.
For the time being, they rest safely at West Wind Hardwood; eventually Jan would like to create a static display for interested people.
See the journey from Bill’s Island to West Wind: