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‘Cruise into history’ benefit for the museum

August 27, 2013 · Updated 3:28 PM

The MV Orcas Express will circumnavigate Orcas Island. / Contributed photo

The Orcas Island Historical Museum and Society, in partnership with Orcas Island Eclipse Charters, announces its sixth annual Cruise into History.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the museum, is on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sailing from Orcas Landing aboard the 56’ Westport M.V. Orcas Express, the cruise will circumnavigate Orcas Island on a historical “Voyage of Discovery.”

Those aboard will visit the site of Langdon Lime Works, the first commercial enterprise on Orcas; explore the body of water that Captain Wilkes of the U.S. Exploring Expedition named Ironsides Inlet (we call it East Sound); follow in the wake of Captain Vancouver’s brig “Chatham” as it discovered Obstruction Pass. Seek the long-lost Adolphus Island and Gordon Island, and help scan the Salish Sea for signs of Cadborosaurus, the storied sea monster last spied near Parker Reef in 1909.

Captain Dan and Denise Wilk will provide first-class food and drink during the voyage, with informed commentary by local historian Tom Welch.

See what drew countless generations of First Peoples to the pristine shores of Orcas Island for thousands of years, and enjoy the unique perspective a waterfront cruise offers.

The cost of $99 (+ tax) per person includes four to five hours on the seaworthy and spacious Orcas Express.

Space on board is limited; make a reservation in advance at 376-6566.


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