Liveaboard Gladys Loughlen, near Stuart Island, SJ County.
Photograph by Josef Scaylea
1981 Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©
"Gladys Loughlen lived alone on her blue-and-white wooden-hulled powerboat, ALLRIGHT, bobbing at anchor in a sheltered cove on Stuart Island, immune to worries about wars, inflation, and crime in the streets.
Gladys, as everyone in the San Juan Islands called her, had been wintering there the past six years. She was kindly and gracious, and at age 76, 'dropped out'.
With no radio and few visitors, Gladys communed mostly with nature. She rowed her little red dinghy ashore to forage for wood, pick berries, and enjoy the wildlife.
There were rare trips to Roche Harbor to pick up groceries, but she did not linger long.
One did not truly interview Gladys. Answers frequently did not relate to the questions. But not, one suspects, because she did not hear. She simply enjoyed her own wavelength.
The boat was cluttered, but serviceable. Gladys pointed out its pluses and minuses, and said she hadn't really got the hang of some of the gadgets."
Above text by Don Duncan for The Seattle Times, 24 May 1981
Photo by Josef Scaylea, at Stuart Island, WA.
Credit: Saltwater People Historical Society, San Juan County, WA.