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“Alongside 100 ft Boomsticks” — with June Burn, 1930

What a mysteriously fascinating place is the waterfront at night! Lights twinkling on the wet blackness. Invisible men shouting, weird whistles going, shadowy figures moving about on the decks of boats, cigarettes blinking trains ringing bells up on the railroad tracks nearby. “All ready, Cap’n,” a voice calls out. A signal is given. The little […]

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H.B. KENNEDY. Built in 1909 by the Willamette Iron Works, Portland, OR. (In 1924 she was renamed "SEATTLE") Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.© Photograph by Webster & Stevens.

Mosquito Fleet Monday: H.B. KENNEDY

“Rate wars and rivalries represented only the exciting and colorful sidelights of the development of inland water transportation in the Puget Sound region as it approached its glory days and subsequent swift decline. More significant events in the affairs of Joshua Green and Charles Peabody [Puget Sound Navigation Co] transpired during the first decade of […]

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Steam Schooner DIRIGO. Built in Hoquiam, WA.
Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S©

Gold Rush Mosquito: S.S. Dirigo aground with gold in the hold

“In the Gold Rush days of 1897, as a temporary measure, the Alaska Line joined forces with the Washington and Alaska Steamship Co., each contributing a boat to the Skagway run. The ROSALIE and the CITY OF SEATTLE alternated each week with sailings from the Northern Pacific Dock in Tacoma and Schwabacher’s in Seattle. By […]

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Kitsap II was built by Joseph Supple of Portland for the Kitsap County Transportation Co. Original photo by Roger Dudley of Seattle, archived with the S.P.H.S.©

Mosquito Fleet Monday: Kitsap II wants to race

“The Liberty Bay Transportation Co, known locally as the“Farmer’s Line” gave serious competition to Kitsap County Transportation Co. with their steamers the ATHLON, MAGNOLIA, VERONA and the LIBERTY. Warren L. Gazzam and his associates of KCTC decided to build a very fast steamer that the “Farmer’s Line” could not compete with, and as a result, an […]

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The steamer Chippewa moored in front of the Empress Hotel in Victoria. 
Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

Mosquito Fleet Monday | The Chippewa comes to Puget Sound via Cape Horn

Once a splendid, twin stack, passenger steamship launched in Toledo, Ohio in 1900, the CHIPPEWA was designed to run as a fast commuter ship on the Great Lakes. She did so for seven years before a sale was negotiated by Joshua Green of the Puget Sound Navigation Co. with Arnold Transportation Co. Green’s partner, Charles E. […]

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