FEBRUARY 17, 2018

The Foss Waterway Seaport is proud to be hosting Les Eldridge and John Hough for an afternoon talk filled with the maritime history of Olympia and the South Puget Sound. After a presentation about their latest book, Maritime Olympia and South Puget Sound, Les and John will be available for a Questions & Answers session.


As always, these talks are 100% free with paid admission to the Seaport!


About the authors:

Les Eldridge lectures widely in the Puget Sound region on its maritime history and taught
general maritime history at the college level for 30 years. He often narrates aboard the
Mosquito Fleet steamer Virginia V, and the historic schooner Adventuress.


Eldridge is co-author of The Wilkes Expedition, Puget Sound and the Oregon Country, a history, and is the author of five maritime historical novels on the American Civil War at sea. His current writes periodic accounts of tow boating in South Puget Sound, Tug of the Month, for the website Three Sheets Northwest, which accounts will be published in book form as The Tugs at the Top of the Sound.

Eldridge is President of South Sound Maritime Heritage Association, and chaired the Maritime Committee of the Washington State Centennial Commission. He is retired from careers in university administration and administrative law, and was elected to three terms as a Thurston County Commissioner.

John Hough is a fourth generation Washingtonian and was raised in the Puget Sound region. John has a life long interest in its maritime history. He is past president and long time board member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society and has published several articles on regional maritime history, including about Olympia’s historic tug Sand Man. He participates in the State Heritage Caucus and the Thurston County Historians’ Conference.

John also speaks to local history groups and has presented on community television. He is a retired attorney and an adjunct professor at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.

John has resided in the Olympia area for forty years and is excited to bring South Puget Sound’s rich maritime history to a wide audience.