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of the Calcite, B & E Enterprises). The party consisted of McMillin; his son, Fred; R.P. Butchart of the Vancouver Portland Cement Company, whose quarry would become Butchart Gardens; McCormick, official cruise photographer; Henry Horst, first officer; Guy Wheeler, chief engineer; and Jim Nagaoka, chief steward. “Quite a spiffy yacht for her day, the 50-foot Calcite provided all the comforts of home,” McCormick wrote. Calcite had sleeping accommodations for 10 guests; electric heat and lights; running water; and space beneath the afterdeck for stowing of all baggage and equipment. Calcite departed Roche Harbor on Sept. 9, 1908, visiting Victoria, Chemainus, Campbell River, Powell River, Egmont and Hotham Sound before arriving at Princess Louisa Inlet on September 22. The party fished for salmon, hunted bear, and explored inlets and streams and falls. They returned to Roche Harbor on September 25 via Brandon, Vancouver, Maine Harbor, and Tod Inlet. Calcite was later converted to a tug and doubled as pleasure craft and working boat. McMillin’s son, Paul, sold Calcite – to someone in Port Townsend, according to his daughter, Mary – around the time he sold Roche Harbor to the Tarte family. From there, Calcite’s fate is unclear. It may have ended up in Pelican, Alaska. "Sometime in the early to mid '80s a young man came to Pelican in an old tug by the name of the Calcite,” a resident wrote. "It was left in the harbor in Pelican, and the

city of Pelican -- due to lack of paying harbor fees and, I think, having no contact with the owner -- put the boat on the beach and burned it. The prop and anchor winch were around here for years but I think the prop went to the scrap yard. As for the anchor winch, it may still be in town."

Archer Roche Harbor was well equipped to transport its lime products to West Coast ports for agriculture, construction and industrial uses. Over the years, its fleet included the three-masted barks Archer and Star of Chile, the three-masted brig William G. Irwin, and the tug Roche Harbor. The Archer figures prominently among merchant vessels of her era. The 900-ton ship was built in 1876 at Sunderland, England, and had the capacity for 800,000 feet of lumber or about 1,000 tons of general cargo. She was dismasted and thrown on her beam ends on March 16, 1894, in a gale off Cape Flattery; three crewmen drowned. Archer was found by the steamer Maude and ultimately towed to Port Blakely, where she was converted to a barkentine for Capt. Rufus Calhoun of Port Townsend. Roche Harbor Lime Transport bought Archer in 1906 and placed her into service freighting lime to San Francisco, California, which was rebuilding after the devastating fire and earthquake. Archer made history as the first commercial vessel on the West Coast to be outfitted with wireless radio. Archer was sold in 1915 to Swayne & Hoyt, who installed an oil

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