A Cruise in History: Secrets of the San Juan Islands

Date: Aug 12 - Aug 14, 2017 (3 days)
Standard Bunk: $675.00 per person at double occupancy
Stateroom: $750.00 per person double occupancy
Boarding Time: 09:30, Return: 15:00

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This August the Schooner Zodiac will embark on a 3-day 2-night exploration of the San Juan Islands with a special focus on the first European explorers who encountered the islands. The cruise will focus on the George Vancouver expedition’s first survey of the archipelago aboard HMS Chatham in 1792, but will also include information on the Spanish explorers that preceded Vancouver and the American Wilkes expedition half a century later.

Your guide through history will be Professor Barry Gough. Prof. Gough is a maritime and naval historian who has authored many critically acclaimed books about the exploration and development of the Pacific Northwest and global maritime history and is an expert on the narrative of the San Juans.

During the cruise, passengers will be able to visit areas of historical interest in the San Juan Islands both aboard the ship and also trips ashore to explore the islands. Evenings will feature seminars with Prof. Gough to discuss the events and landmarks of the day. Undoubtedly one topic of conversation will be the mystery of HMS Chatham’s lost anchor in the San Juan Islands and the search to recover it. The Zodiac will be Chatham’s stand in for this spectacular reliving of history while our passengers enjoy the perks of modern living as we cruise to and from secluded anchorages. As always the cruise includes optional sailing and navigation instruction.


Part of the adventure of sailing is that wind and tide may alter your course. For this reason the Zodiac may deviate from it's intended route at the captain's discretion. Bearing this in mind, the captain and crew will always endeavor to give passengers the most incredible experience possible.

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