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CAPTAIN HANK AND SALT CHINAMAN



To quote from the Hoquiam Washingtonian of July 2nd, 1891:

"Capt. Hank of the sloop "Mary E." last week sailed out of Grays Harbor for the Queets river with a large consignment of freight for the ranchers on that northern river. The Queets country is particularly isolated - from the Straits and Sound by the Olympic Mountains and from Grays Harbor only by lack of roads.

If Capt. Hank finds his attempts feasible, the whole country north will be supplied for the present in the same way, as he will enter the Quinault, the Queets, the Hoh, and the Quilliute with his staunch little craft."


For several years thereafter, rain or shine, Capt. Hank, unassisted, sailed his 30-foot single-masted plunger up the coast of the Olympic Peninsula, around Cape Flattery, and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Clallam Bay. There he picked up mail and supplies for isolated settlers on the coast, stopping at all the little bays where a larger vessel could not launch a small boat.

In as much as the Hoh River was about half-way between Clallam Bay and Hoquiam, Capt. Hank moved his family into a cabin at the mouth of the Hoh opposite the Reservation. There he constructed a dock for himself. As he was gone most of the time, it was a lonely life for the wife and children, but it enabled Capt. Hank to visit them both on his way to Clallam and on his return to Grays Harbor.