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Risen from the ashes: Tour the classic wood cruiser GloryBe with OffCenterHarbor.com

The good folks at OffCenterHarbor.com took a tour of Betsy Davis’ 1914 double-ender GloryBe at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend to find out what makes the boat so special. Davis, who’s now the executive director a the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, is the 15th owner of GloryBe and was part of the team to bring her […]

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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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