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A society formed in 2009 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, celebrating, and disseminating the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound area. Check this log for tales from out-of-print publications as well as from members and friends. There are circa 500, often long entries, on a broad range of maritime topics; there are search aids at the bottom of the log. Please ask for permission to use any photo posted on this site. Thank you.

05 March 2014

❖ The Sweet SIGHTSEER ❖


SIGHTSEER (ex-VASHONA)
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Pre 1954. Original photo from the archives of the S. P. H. S.
“I spent a wonderful day in, I believe, 1961, cruising from Leschi Park to Pier 56, and return. I had written the Gray Line asking for a job. They offered me a ride instead. I spent time in the pilot house, engine room, and passenger cabin. She was maintained like a yacht. 
      When we lived above Lake Washington in the 1950s and early 1960s, I could hear her mellow whistle blow when she docked at Leschi Park at 5 pm, everyday."
      The above quote was shared this day by mariner Jack Russell, Seattle. He owns Sternwheel Charters, LLC and can be reached at 206-850-7648.

  Keith Sternberg is searching for photographs of the SIGHTSEER engine. Please contact Saltwater People Historical Society through this site or Keith.

SIGHTSEER (ex-VASHONA)
ON 221333
99 G.t / 53 N.t. Passenger vessel.
110.1' Reg. L x 22.9' b x 22.9' x 6.5 d

1921 Built by John Martinolich at Dockton for Tacoma-Quartermaster Harbor route of the Vashon Nav. Co.

1926 SIGHTSEER received the engine from UTOPIA.

1931 Now too large for the dwindling passenger traffic on her route; replaced by the small freight, passenger
vessel CONCORDIA, blt Tacoma.

1946 Mrs. John L. Anderson sold SIGHTSEER (ex-VASHONA) to Grayline Tours of Seattle for
continuation of Lake Washington Ship Canal-Puget Sound run instituted by the late Captain John L. Anderson.

1963 SIGHTSEER, out of service.
Above stats from The H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. Edited by Gordon Newell. Superior Pub. 1966.
     

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