Explore the history of limestone quarrying and the lime industry.Visit remaining Lime Kilns along the shores of Orcas Island aboard the 56-foot vessel "Orcas Express". Embark on a journey back in time when our islands were booming with industry. Local historian Boyd Pratt, will narrate this fascinating cruise.
You'll learn about an era when the coopers were kept busy building barrels to ship lime, and fire wood cutting was in high demand. Materials were moved by horse and wagon and many laboring hands. Steam vessels carried the loads and forests were logged to keep the lime kilns burning and the goods moving. Up to 3-4 cords per day were burned, per kiln site, not including firewood to power the steam boats engines.
Cruise includes a lunch of Orcas Village Store clam chowder, Napa salad, goodies, snacks & hot or cold beverages. If you have questions, call (360) 376-6566.