Coastal Nostalgia: August 1915 - West Wind Hardwood

Pacific Motor Boat Magazine – August 1915
“On July 3 the long-distance race for the handsome trophy presented by the proprietors of the Brentwood Hotel was run under the auspices of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The swift Tokitie, owned and captained by FJ Barrow of Sidney finished only a few feet behind the power yacht “Tulameen”. It is on record as one of the most spirited races of the area.”

Anyone who reads this our newsletter will know that William (Bill) Garden, prominent PNW naval architect, endowed Jan with his little 18’ workboat, Mary Anne. Bill used “Merlin” as his commuter to and from Canoe Cove Marina and Toad’s Landing. Merlin had an esteemed previous life known as “Tokitie”.

Photo by Jan T Nielsen
William (Bill) Garden at Toad’s Landing – 2005

An artist’s rendition can be seen on the cover of the book entitled, Upcoast Summers by Beth Hill. I recommend it as a great read too!


  1. I have never seen a Bill Garden design that I didn’t like , certainly a very fine designer and a person I would have loved to have known


    Mystic Seaport has Bill Garden’s design collection
    Lady Olga was built 1948 at Seattle to his lines of Rosalie

    I have many photos of Lady Olga when she was on the coast of California
    Does anyone know where she is today?

  3. My Family had the pleasure of knowing William Garden.We visited one time and saw his beautiful island where he had his office and small shipyard.We were interested in building a 53’ steel Ketch that was being built at the time.We then built it taking 3 years while keeping our iron works shop going at the same time.We then sailed to Morro Bay California and began El Morro Boat Works and built 13 fishing vessels and a 42’ Bruce Roberts design sail boat for a local gentleman.He came to visit us one time and had the most interesting conversations.He redesigned a wheel house on a 58’ limit seiner we were starting to build and gave it a lower profile.

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