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I love nature and all of God's little creatures. The countryside, the streams, the pastures, and the woods. Anything and everything outdoors ~ All of the beauty and the gifts from above! I like to photograph these places and try to remember them in my head when I'm stuck inside and can't get out on a beautiful day. There is so much beauty all around us ..... I don't want to miss a thing!

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Wow....this one takes me back. It took a team of 3 men to operate the railway. Myself, Nordin (the operator) and usually big Ray but sometimes Duane or Billy the raisin. With Nord at the controls (out of view in this pic) and one fella on the dockside upper walking plank and myself (more agile) making the leap to the outboard side walking plank (no railings)and if you missed oops..it was a long way down and your gonna get wet, we'd haul and launch up to 80' boats in and out of the water. Ai, I don't know if you noticed but there were also two other ways that came up out of the water and into the loft building to the right in this photo. They were wood skid ways. Once a hull was completed in the lofting building the line hold the cradle on the skid ways would be cut and the cradle would launch down the ways into the water where the hull would be tied up to the pier and finished out. BTW, both the boats in the background are Jensen boats build at this yard and lofted in that building on the right. The second boat from the left (with dingy on the back) was Nordin's personal boat. Capt. Larry Phillips

Ahhh the backside of ole Rommel (think Desert Fox). I drove this old Dodge Powerwagon more times than I care to admit...bullet holes and all. It had a PTO (Power Take Off) wench on the front that I could but a trailer ball on in order to use the truck to move boat trailers around the yard. As I mentioned in another post Nordin Jensen purchased this truck at the U.S. Naval Yard on Bainbridge Island (across from Seattle) just after WWII. We made a number of cannon's in the machine shop there at Jensen's Shipyard during the slow winter months and used to load up a 3 footer in the back of this ole truck and load up the black powder and patch followed by left over twinkies and HoHo's stuffed down the barrel. I then would back Rommel up to the travel lift slot and light the fuse. Kabang!! The seagulls would feast on the goodies blasted over the water from this cannon only to poo all over the yachts parked next door at Shipyard Cove. Who knew?
Capt. Larry Phillips

This is a pic of the old 50 ton travel lift at Albert Jensen & Sons in Friday Harbor, Washington. An old curmudgeon by the name of Duane had operated this lift for over 40 yrs. that I'm aware of...maybe longer. Nordin Jensen purchased it along with a mechanical crane and a WWII Dodge Powerwagaon we called Rommel from the U.S. naval yard on Bainbridge Is. right after the second world war. It's now gone due to a fire a few years back and replaced with a newer model and yes, Duane is now operating that one. Occasionally I would would help Duane pic and set boats with this old lift. The tires on it were from a Boeing 737. The fit perfect!

Capt. Larry Phillips

A little history on what is depicted in this shot. What your looking at is the tool room adjoining the lofting house at Albert Jensen & Sons (locally known as Jensen's Shipyard)at the south end of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State. Albert built this yard back in 1910 and was run by one of his son's (Nordin Jensen)until his death in Oct. of 2010. His only child Jerri (his daughter) and son in law Mike now run the yard. Unfortunately the lofting house along with the marine railway in the foreground are now gone. I worked for Nordin through the 90's until I moved my family to the east coast in 97. I and my family returned in 2011 to find that the yard now is used for haul outs and dock rentals only. No services or repair are available any longer, other than DIY, at this over 100 year old family owned and operated boatyard. It's a pretty special place. Capt. Larry Phillips

Beautiful shot and wonderful mood. Hello from Athens.

Very nice place, reflection and super photo!!! LIKE! Best regards, Darja.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAR PANOFRIEND!!! :)))

solitary place where only wind walking with itself

This is sad. I was here again in July 2014 for a quick stop. (trip from Death Valley to Las Vegas).

Many thanks Peter! Glad that you like my Little squirrel!

Greetings, Annica

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