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Coast Survey Steamer Active Explored In Slide Lecture

San Juan Island National Historical Park

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Explore the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the dawn of Anglo-American settlement during "Safe Passage: The Coast Survey Steamer Active and the Charting of the West Coast, 1852-1860." Park Ranger/Historian Mike Vouri will present this Power Point slide lecture at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 20 in the English Camp barracks.
Admission is free. A golf cart is available to transport disabled visitors from the parking to the parade ground and back. Contact 378-2902/4409 for more special access information.
The Active, a side-wheel steamer operated by the U.S. Coast Survey to take soundings and transport surveyors, also played critical roles in Indian uprisings, shipwreck rescues and the Pig War crisis of 1859. Vouri will provide an overview of these efforts, as well as discuss the technology of and the challenges of operating 19th century steamboats and surveying equipment.
The lecture includes several images of the vessel, as well as maps, charts, photographs and watercolors of San Juan Island that were only recently found in the archives of Yale University.



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