Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I opened the archives today and found this classic shot of Captain Joe Williamson that I took in the late 1980's when he was helping out as a mate aboard the classic 1922 steamer Virginia V at a Husky Football game. Joe was a renowned photographer AND boat captain and his "Joe Williamson Collection" of photographs is on permanent display at MOHAI in Seattle. I used to deckhand for Joe occasionally in the very early 80's and he was such a wonderful man. After we were safely docked and all the passengers were out of sight I would deliver to him his "Bourbon and water...no ice." Those were the days. Sadly, I found out through Facebook that his granddaughter Emily just passed away this very morning. I didn't know her very well at all but judging from the outpouring of emotion on her page you would be a very lucky person indeed if she had been in your life. It's very obvious that she was loved so much and led a very rich life. I'd like to think that Captain Joe is now helping steer his beloved granddaughter towards calmer waters, beyond.