The Rest of the Story on the Black Prince
by Helen Barrett
Excerpts reprinted from STERNWHEELERS AND THE SKAGIT RIVER by Helen Barrett © 1971 from the Skagit County Historical Society, Series, No. 1. The text under the photo reads; "From the collection of Ray Jordan, The Black Prince in Dead Man's Slough near Sedro-Woolley getting ready to start down river with a tow of logs...for the Bradsbury Logging Company"
"On top deck is Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Wright and son Vernon, and Mrs. Bird, cook. Main deck: from left is F.M. Elwell, Frank Anderson, deck hands, and Wesley Harbert, fireman."
Helen Barrett; edited by Margaret Willis, wrote what would be the first in a series of seven volumes dealing with Skagit County history for the Skagit County Historical Society.
This book itself has been out of print for some time but I was fortunate enough to borrow a copy from a friend after doing the below story.
Twenty-two pages from front cover to back, it gives a real nice synopsis and timeline on the infancy of the county. Then on to why the sternwheelers became so important to the growth of early Skagit County- even before the more regarded railroads.
I was pretty pleased to find the rest of the story on the "Black Prince" to follow up the experiences of our young hero below, John Savage; who spent some time working on the "Black Prince" herself.
Ye Editor with a nod to Paul Harvey