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Mosquito Fleet Monday: The ELIZA ANDERSON and Capt. McAllep

“The ELIZA ANDERSON was typical of her age and line of work, being an inland steamboat, circa 1850. Mechanically she was typical, for she was powered by a massive, single-cylindered engine that transmitted power to a pair of side-wheels by way of a diamond-shaped iron walking-beam that nodded sedately in its gallows frame atop her […]

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Mosquito Fleet Monday: Misfortune in the fleet

“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 […]

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Mosquito Fleet Monday: S.S. Harvest Queen runs the rapids

The term ‘Mosquito Fleet’ may, to readers not familiar with the Puget Sound Country, suggest only very small craft. It was however, a phrase universally employed by the people and publications of that section to differentiate the Sound steamers from ocean and coastwise fleet. Some of the inland ships were as large as the deep-sea […]

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Mosquito Fleet Monday: S.S. State of Washington 1889-1919

“The term ‘Mosquito Fleet’ may, to readers not familiar with the Puget Sound Country, suggest only very small craft. It was however, a phrase universally employed by the people and publications of that section to differentiate the Sound steamers from ocean and coastwise fleet. Some of the inland ships were as large as the deep-sea […]

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