This 22-mile, approximately 40-minute round trip takes you to Maury Island, actually a peninsula of Vashon Island connected by a narrow sand spit. The island was named by Cmdr. Charles Wilkes in 1841 for Lieut. William L. Maury, who was an astronomer and hydrographer on Wilkes’ ship Vincennes. Maury became one of the few naval officers to resign their commissions at the start of the Civil War to “go south.” His major command was that of the CSS Georgia, a commerce raider that destroyed nine United States ships in 1863.