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Orcas Island, Washington, United States
Rosario Resort and Spa is located on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands and welcomes visitors seeking relaxation and the unparalleled beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Centerpiece of Rosario is the historic Moran Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mansion houses the Moran Museum, The Spa, the Mansion Restaurant and Moran Lounge. To help us keep in touch with our guests, staff, and community, we are offering this blog featuring news and events about Rosario and Orcas Island. Please visit our website at www.rosarioresort.com for more information. If you would like to submit a photo or story idea for posting, please contact General Manager Christopher Peacock at cpeacock@rosarioresort.com.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Nebraska Postcard

From the archives, here is a 100 year old postcard featuring the Moran built USS Nebraska. Although the ship was launched in 1904, it was not commissioned until the summer of 1907 at the Bremerton Naval Shipyards. Robert Moran had moved to Orcas Island in 1905 and started building Rosario in 1906, leaving his brothers to complete the construction of the battleship.

U.S. Navy Inspector Lt. Robert Coontz wrote of the commissioning “The Nebraska was placed in commission July 1, 1907. She had a full Marine Guard, a complete band, a few in the engineers department, and only two on deck – a quartermaster and a seaman. We started to coal the ship the morning after she was commissioned, having only the musicians in the band to do the work…”

Those poor musicians...

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