|"Waiting for the Alverene"|
Carrie Hammond and Charlie Hammond,
Crane Islanders in Old Bob,
Pole Pass, San Juan Archipelago, 1923.
Built in Everett, WA, by A. J. Goulette for
Captain J.H. Prather in 1912.
Here operated by the well-known Capt. Kasch,
detail from 8" x 10" undated photo.
Original from the archives of the S.P.H.S©
The pioneer navigator, William H. Kasch, "Capt. Bill" (as he was affectionately called), the owner of Kasch Navigation Co, bought his first boat in 1901, to haul freight and mail to Friday Harbor, between towing jobs. He found business was so good, he formed the Inter-Island Navigation Co in 1913. After the war Kasch returned to his inter-island business to sell the slow, old Georgia and purchased the Alverene, that quickly became a very popular boat among his many island and Bellingham patrons.
Following the death of "Captain Bill" in 1927, his wife, Adelaide, continued to operate the fine steamer for several years.