Passing: Peggy Warrack, the Siren of the San Juans

Posted February 20, 2012 at 8:22 am by

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

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