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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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Sanwan

In 1916, Robert Moran built the 132 ft. yacht "Sanwan." It was built very close to where Rosario Resort's outdoor family pool is today. Moran's original intent was to sail the world, but when it was completed Moran said his "yacht building plans were a mistaken idea." It sat on Cascade Bay of Orcas Island for several years, then used by Moran's son Frank as a training ship in connection with his Moran School for Boys on Bainbridge Island. It was later leased to someone who ran it aground in Santa Barbara, ending it's short career. Here are some photos of the Sanwan from the archives:

The Sanwan under construction. (1916)

Just after launching docked in Cascade Bay.

A rare photograph of the Sanwan under full sail.

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