Proposed Memorials

The Completed Projects 2017-2018

1. Steilacoom-3 sites:
Steilacoom Historical Museum Association-Voyage of Discovery
Pioneer Park- Historic Waters
Saltars Point Park- Crossroads of Discovery

2.. Vancouver Notch: Washington State Committee on Geographic Names Approved Proposal on October 23, 2015
On 1 December 2015, The Washington State Department of Natural Resources Board approved Vancouver Notch as an official name. The US Board on Geographic Names denied my Proposal based on new coordinates which put the feature in a Wilderness Area. January 3, 2017, the WA Board rescinded its approval to denial status.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Shatoosh, Pashmina and Hira Barbara Reid are continuing to explore Lt. Peter Puget. It seems his following sea has pushed us from traveling in his wake, June 2012, to having an article written in Sea Magazine, October 2012, and now to launching plans to create 3 memorials to honor his historic adventure, October 2012.

It has been over 220 years that the HMS Discovery anchored off the shore of Blake Island in May of 1792 and Lt.Peter Puget, Lt. Thomas Manby, Joseph Whidbey and Archibald Menzies and their crew of 16 able bodied seamen plied the southern waters in 2 small  launches in search of the Northwest Passage.

I, along with Skip Dreps, a dedicated advocate for military/veteran recognition, and bronze sculptor/artist, Gareth Curtiss of Olympia will be undertaking the creation of three memorials to be placed along Puget's Exploration Route to commemorate his incredible exploration.

We are proposing memorials at:
1. Blake Island to commemorate the launching of the expedition on 20 May 1792.
2. Cutts Island to commemorate a breakfast site on day 2, where they shot crow to supplement their food supplies.
3. Olympia Port Plaza, Budd Inlet, where on 26 May 1792, Joseph Whidbey took his noon sight of 47 degrees, 03 minutes N. Lt. Peter Puget determined, after the southern waters had been explored, the infamous Northwest Passage did not exist. He ordered the men to store the oars, step the masts and the southerly wind filled their sails taking them back to their mother vessel, the HMS Discovery, which was anchored off of Restoration Point on Bainbridge Island.

We want and need your support to make this dream a reality. We are awaiting approval for the use of state and city lands. We will be fund raising later, but now we are friend raising. Become a friend and pledge a donation now by emailing Hira at:

Please see Gareth's beautiful work: gareth curtiss

Sea Magazine October 2012, Rediscovering Puget Sound by Hira Barbara Reid, p 48-52.

Refer to Hira Barbara Reid's blog: June 2012 for details of Exploration of Puget's Sound and the history of Lt. Peter Puget's Exploration.

You may contact Hira Barbara Reid:

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