DHM In The News

Restoration of donated Bristol Bay boat underway

Published on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 by Brandy Kiger ShreveRestoration of donated sailboat underway

With its 29-foot hull now housed safely inside a steel-framed tent at Walsh Marine, Drayton Harbor Maritime Museum (DHM) volunteers can begin the first phase of the lengthy restoration process intended for the Diamond NN No. 59, a recently donated double-ended Bristol Bay sailboat.

A piece of seafaring history finds a home in Blaine

Published on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

Fishing Sailboat at Semiahmoo

Drayton Harbor Maritime knows a good catch when they see one. 

When Richard Sturgill, the founding director of Drayton Harbor Maritime, caught wind that Trident Seafoods Corporation was looking for a new home for its vintage 29-foot Bristol Bay sailboat, he looked for ways to have it end up as part of their maritime heritage collection. “They wanted to give it to a nonprofit who would take stewardship of it and display it to the public,” Sturgill said. “So we developed a plan to do that and they agreed. Read More...

Sail-powered fishing boat donated to Blaine historic group


BLAINE - A 1906-vintage Bristol Bay sail-powered gillnet boat has been donated to Drayton Harbor Maritime, the non-profit historical society that operates the Plover ferry and the county's APA Museum at Semiahmoo Park. Read More...

1906-vintage Bristol Bay sail-powered gill net boat

Published at 5:24 p.m. on October 18, 2013 | Modified at 5:24 p.m. on October 18, 2013 | Bellingham Herald


Richard Sturgill and Michael "Jake" Jacobsen inspect a 1906-vintage Bristol Bay sail-powered gill net boat donated to Drayton Harbor Maritime, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in Blaine. "It's in amazing shape for being made in 1906," said Jacobsen. "It's amazing it's not compost at this point. It's a museum piece that can still be used."

Prestigious George Raft Race August 3 puts homemade rafts to the ultimate test

Published on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 by Ian Ferguson2013 George Raft Race

As the first Saturday in August approaches each summer, skilled maritime engineers throughout Blaine, Birch Bay and beyond begin to comb the beaches for raft-building materials. Buoyant driftwood, sun-bleached styrofoam, salty rope and even mangled crab pots have all been used to build rafts for the Prestigious George Raft Race. Read more...

APA Museum preserves rich maritime history

Published on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 by Kelly Sullivan

The Alaska Packers Association (APA) Museum opened on Semiahmoo Spit in 1985 to preserve a significant chunk of local maritime history, said volunteer coordinator Sunny Brown. The cannery operated from 1876 to the mid-1970s and was a significant part of the local economy. Read more...

Historic Plover ferry complies with new Coast Guard regulations

The Northern Light, published on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

Coast Guard Inspects BoatThe U.S. Coast Guard has had to alter its passenger weight regulations due to the increasing waistline of the average American. 

Last December, the Coast Guard formally changed what’s called the average weight per person a commercial passenger vessel must be able to carry from 160 pounds to 185. The reason? Read more...

Local sailing school wins national award

Published on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz, The Northern Light Newspaper

The organization that governs professional sailing across the U.S. has recognized a local sailing school for its creativity and innovation in teaching the sport. 

The Community Sailing Council, an arm of the national organization U.S. Sailing, bestowed its 2011 Creative Innovation in Programing award to the Drayton Harbor Maritime Community Sailing School. U.S. Sailing certifies and runs sailing schools across the country and manages the U.S. Olympic sailing team. Read more...