This photo is taken from Point Hudson in downtown Port Townsend looking northeast across the waters of Admiralty Inlet toward Whidbey Island and Mt. Baker in the distance. Admiralty Inlet is the major passageway for maritime commerce into and out of Puget Sound waters.
From Wikipedia: All sea vessels must pass through Admiralty Inlet to enter or leave Puget Sound, except those small enough to use Deception Pass. This fact led to the selection of Port Townsend on the Quimper Peninsula as the official port of entry for the Puget Sound region during the early days of commerce in the area. It also led to the federal decision in the late 1890s to construct Fort Worden, Fort Casey, and Fort Flagler around Admiralty Inlet as a "Triangle of Fire" for the protection of Puget Sound from a hostile fleet.
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