Drayton Harbor Maritime Association

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The Historic Plover Passenger Ferry docked at Semiahmoo Resort Wharf Dock

Update on the Plover Passenger Ferry.

The Plover Passenger Ferry is still undergoing repairs. We expect to have the ferry running this season.
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Video provided courtesy of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Learn about the sailboat fishermen of Bristol Bay
and the efforts to keep the history alive.

Drayton Harbor Maritime is restoring the 116-year-old Diamond NN59 Sailboat, which is similar to the “Windfall” video. The restoration project is well underway. The boat has historical significance because it was used for salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and is also significant to Blaine’s Salish Sea waters because it is part of the area’s maritime history. When completed, the NN59 will return to Blaine’s Salish Sea waters. The Diamond NN59 is the sister to the NN79 sailboat on permeant display at the APA Cannery Museum at Semiahmoo.

Historic Plover Passenger Ferry
IN HER 80th Year! 1944-2024

Built in 1944, the MV Plover is the oldest foot passenger ferry in Washington with the shortest route. The Plover is made of cedar and fir and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Until 1964, the Plover was used to shuttle workers to the Alaska Packers Salmon Cannery on Semiahmoo Spit, now home to Semiahmoo Resort-Spa-Golf. In the late 19th century, the cannery was one of the largest salmon canneries in the world.

APA Museum

The Alaska Packers Association (APA) Museum, housed in an original cannery building on Semiahmoo Spit, tell the story of days gone by and include a scale model fish trap, antique machinery, a gallery of historic photos, and an original 29-foot Bristol Bay sailboat that gill-netted salmon in the Bristol Bay fishery. 

Diamond NN59 Sailboat

The Diamond NN59 Sailboat Restoration Project is restoring a 116-year-old sailboat to its former glory. When completed, the NN59 will return to Blaine’s Salish Sea waters. Passengers will sail off Semiahmoo to experience what it was like sailing on this boat over a hundred years ago.

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