John Wayne returned to the Pacific Northwest.   The Norwester is a piece of our own history officially anchored as of July 9, 2016 – April 2017 in beautiful La Conner, Washington.   The yacht has been sold.   Thank you for your support and support of beautiful La Conner.

The 76-foot yacht has been renovated and restored as a museum, showcasing items owned by  “the Duke” as well an assortment of antiques and actual props used in his movies.  Visit the Norwester and experience a “live” time capsule of Washington’s shared history with the legendary actor and producer John Wayne.   “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”


If you love boats, this is something beautiful to see. If you love John Wayne -then this is the best of both!

Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid. 

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway. 

Get off your horse and drink your milk.

Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.

I suppose my best attribute, if you want to call it that, is sincerity. I can sell sincerity because that’s the way I am.


The Norwester Museum Tour is authentically La Conner!   We thank you for your support and this beautiful town and also the museum.   We are no longer operating and the Norwester has been sold to a new owner.   Please visit  and help small town’s like this keep thriving.    Thank you also to Guy Vallee and the Waterfront Cafe for all you do.  Visit them for their annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser!


Rio Bravo

The Duke and Dean Martin are the pair of old friends at the heart of this Howard Hawks hit, in which they tussle with a local lawbreaker.

The Searchers

This John Ford Western chronicles the efforts of a Confederate veteran (Wayne) to track down the daughter of his murdered brother.

True Grit

Wayne’s Oscar-winning turn as aging sheriff Rooster Cogburn finds him trekking into Indian territory to avenge a man’s death.

The Quiet Man

Wayne shows his softer side in this drama about the tempestuous affair between an Irish-American expat and an Irish woman.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

In this John Ford Western, Wayne stars as a rancher who pairs up with a law-school grad (James Stewart) to take down the bad guy.

The Shootist

The actor’s last movie ever finds Wayne starring opposite Lauren Bacall and James Stewart as a gunslinger dying of cancer.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

This vivid, meditative Western finds Wayne portraying an aging war hero struggling with his impending retirement.

Red River

This early Howard Hawks Western stars Wayne as a rancher who battles mutiny among his men as he drives his cattle up the Chisholm Trail.

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