The Sally S was built in 1927 in the J.C. Johnson Shipyard Port Blakeley, Bainbridge Island, WA - less than 20 miles from where she is moored today.

She was designed by legendary naval architect, L.E. "Ted" Geary, who also designed northwest classics such as the Blue Peter, the Malibu, and the Westward. He was known for his signature fan tail

It was a time when fine timber and fine craftsmanship were close at hand and she was handsomely over-built. Her ribs were 4x6 inch fir covered by planking 2 1/4 inches thick. Like a battleship, from two feet above and the waterline two feet below, she was belted by a four foot wide ring of 6 inch iron bark planks 3/4 of an inch thick. Her knees, with curved grain, were cut from spruce root stock 4 inches thick, and her 6x8 inch deck beams were totally knot-free. The straight grain planking on her deck was 2 3/4 inches thick by 3 3/4 inches wide, and all of her bulkhead studding was clear 4x4” Alaska Yellow Cedar. In addition to all this innate vigor, the wheelhouse and main deck cabin were through-bolted by long, heavy rods to the bottom of the main deck timbers, making the boat a unified whole of dramatic strength and rigidity. The end product was the personification of shipwright skill and devotion to the precept that function, utility and brute strength could be incorporated in a vessel of striking beauty and stunning performance.”
— Ed Larson

The Sally S worked as a tugboat and cannery tender in the Puget Sound and surrounding waters, all the way up to Alaska up until 1985. In 1951 she was purchased by Western Towboat as one of their first tugboats. They are now one of the largest towboat companies in the area. 

In 1985, Sally S was retired, abandoned and essentially left to rot. Greg Mallory and his family bought the Sally S and went through major renovations to convert her to a residential live-a-board. He lived there with his family until selling the boat in 2008. 

The current owners worked with Marian Built, a local company that works in creating environments from reclaimed materials, and renovated the interior. The result is a fresh look with modern conveniences while still preserving the history of Sally S. 

 

The blueprints for Sally S's sister ship, Doris E. The Sally S is the only one afloat today.