Mosquito Fleet Monday: Misfortune in the fleet

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“Throughout their history, the smaller steam vessels operating on the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest displayed a rare ability to engage in sometimes spectacular mishaps with little or no injury or loss of life to their patrons. The Northwest ‘mosquito fleet’ was the victim of a rash of such misfortunes in 1912, the Puget Sound Navigation Company’s stern-wheel steamer TELEGRAPH becoming a casualty of one of the more alarming of these.

The TELEGRAPH was almost cut in two and sunk at her Colman Dock berth in Seattle on the night of April 25 when a remarkable blunder in the engine room of the Alaska Steamship Co liner ALAMEDA sent the heavy iron steamship crashing through the dock, demolishing the tall clock tower and smashing the outer end of the dock to splinters.

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