Log August 5, 2005
We left Snail Harbor
at dawn and sailed first on a beam reach, then downwind to Beaver Island.
We arrived at 8:00 PM and took an anchorage in the protected bay. The holding
was good even in the brisk 15-20 knot winds.
Island has an interesting history.
It was settled in 1846 by a Mormon colony that broke away from Brigham Young.
This group was led by James Strang, who proclaimed himself "King" of the island.
There was open hostility between the Beaver Island group and it's neighboring
communities. In 1856, two of his followers killed King Strang. The Captain
of the supply ship, which was on hand at the time, conveyed the killers to
the mainland where they were later freed and treated as heroes.
Beaver remains much as
it was when we last visited it nearly ten years ago. There is now some condo
development and the government marina has been upgraded.
But much of the island remains
We picnicked near the
and attended a guitar, keyboard and banjo concert of locals and cruisers
on the beach, which ranged in content from Nirvana and Stones to Beethoven.
We met a charming couple Larry and Thea McKiernan who were sailing Santana,
a sister ship of Raven.
photos through out our site are of ones we passed and relied on for safe navigation.