Remembering the Lost Mosquito Fleet of Lakebay

Year after year goes by and you think you know a place as well as anyone possibly can. Then one day you take a left instead of the usual right, and you realize just how wrong you are. This happened recently to Theresa and I when we decided to get away but as it was a spur of the moment decision with no real objective other the relaxation looked at somewhere close to home. I had no idea as I passed Lakebay on the way to Penrose Point State Park just how much charm and history was waiting for us.



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Behind the Photo

I was killing two birds with one stone with this photograph. One I wanted a photo that would encompass not only the marina but the entire setting. To really capture the charm of the place I felt it important to get the surrounding buildings in the shot as well. This required an elevated shot but there isn’t anywhere around the bay the provided a clear shot.

So, this was a great excuse to pull out the 3DR Solo and experiment with taking photo with the GoPro rather than video. Not as much control in regards to exposure and such, but I’m rather pleased with the results.


LIke most of Washington, the Key Peninsula started as a logging community. This was before roads were common and it was far easier to move goods via the waterways of the sound. Carl Lorenz built the area’s first sawmill in the late 1800’s and organized a fleet of steamships that would come to be known as the ‘Mosquito Fleet’ to move his products as well as passengers in and out of Lakebay. The engine from Lorenz’s flagship steamboat, The Tyrus, now powers the Virginia V, the last example of an operational steamer from the fleet.

The Lakebay Marina Resort built in 1932 is one of the last remaining buildings left from that era and still operates today. In addition to the food served by the marina’s cafe, the location offers moorage, a small store and clear gas to boaters.


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