Passing: Peggy Warrack, the Siren of the San Juans

The Elwha

• Passing: You remember when the Washington State Ferry Elwha got “on the rocks” back in 1983?

The incident spawned a drink by the same name, a song (click here to hear it), and a bit of notoriety for Peggy, the “lady in the wheelhouse” visiting the distracted pilot on that fateful day. I got this note below from her daughter, Judy, when Peggy passed away on the 22nd last month (here’s a full obituary) and here’s a “full story” of the wreck by Dennis Nyback:

Hi, I am Peggy Warrack’s daughter. Peggy was the infamous “woman in the wheelhouse,” otherwise known as the “Siren of the San Juans.” Peggy passed away peacefully in mid-January at home in Anacortes with my sister and me at her side.

We had a Celebration of Peggy’s Life tomorrow with family and friends. Many have asked about the recipe for the cocktail, The Elwha on the Rocks. Do you have this information? I have called several places in Friday Harbor, but nobody remembers the drink.

Thanks for your link to the song. It’s awesome!!

Sincerely, Judy

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 8:22 am by

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