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"Boats"
Boats001
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Date Taken
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File No.
Neil Henly's sailboat casrrying prisoners and mail from Steilacoom to penitentiary at McNeil Island
1890
Boats002
Boats003
Boats014
Boats006
Boats005
Boats004
Boats008
Boats007
Boats012
Boats011
Boats009
Boats010
Boats013
Boats015
Boats018
Boats017
Boats016
Boats021
Boats020
Boats019
Boats025
Boats024
Boats023
Boats022
Boats028
Boats027
Boats026
Boats030

Boats029
Boats033
Boats032

Boats031

Boats036
Boats035
Boats034
Boats039
Boats038
Boats037
Boats042
Boats041(2)
Boats041
Boats040
Boats043
Boats044(2)
Boats044
Boats046
Boats045
Boats048
Boats047
Boats049
Group of fishing boats off Fox Island
For many years tons of salmon were taken from Puget Sound off Steilacoom.  Both purse and shore seining were used.  Large boats picked up the fish from the wharf,  barges, and fishing shacks for canneries in Seattle.  The fishermen, mostly Slavs and Italians, rented stores and homes along the waterfront for the season.  Commercial fishing ended in Steilacoom about 1915.
Fishing boat moored with catch 
1895
1900
Group of fishing boats off Steilacoom shore.  Anderson Island in background (left) and McNeil Island (right)
Launching a fishing boat near the mouth of Chambers Creek.
Fishing off Saltar's Point.  McNeil Island in background
Ferry "Tahoma" docked at Steilacoom.  McNeil Island visible faintly in distance
Fishermen hauling in gill net off of Steilacoom shore
Fishermen hauling in purse seine (net) at Saltar's Point
1976
Restaurant "Dock Lunch" on pilings at ferry dock.
Ferry at Steilacoom dock; train depot in foreground
Ramp to Ketron Island float.
1976
1976
1976
Passenger ferry "The Mockingbird" built  by Gage Wheeler of Lake Bay
Copy of original lithograph of Steilacoom harbor (original by Paul Clinton in 1861.  
Canoe races as part of "Salmon Bake" event
~1908
1861
~1980
John and Edwin Hoff on Hoff's Boathouse on Steilacoom waterfront
Unknown people in two row boats at Steilacoom waterfront
Passenger ferry docked at snowy Steilacoom
1905
~1895
~1905
Penitentiary boat leaving Steilacoom dock
1905
1890
Skansie Shipbuilding building the ferry "Steilacoom".  Read a more complete description
John and Edwin Hoff on Hoff's Boathouse on Steilacoom waterfront (same photo as Boats019 above except not including photographer's frame
Tall ship off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta.  Started in Tacoma, ended up in Olympia.  Boats in Boats024 through Boats031 in same regatta.
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Tall boat off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta. 
Tall ships (and other sailboats) off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta. 
Tall ship "Sylvia" off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta. 
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Tall ship; "Martha" off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta. 
Early 1980s
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1924
1890
Nov
1926
Dock at Longbranch
Car ferry "City of Steilacoom".  May be initial run.
Steamship "Beaver" wrecked at Prospect Point, Vancouver, British Columbia
1922-1923
Ladies standing at Steilacoom dock.  L. - R.  Janet Judson, Gladys Parker, Lean Carlson
Steilacoom ferry dock
Ferry dock (which one is not known)
late 1930s
1920?
Early car ferry at Steilacoom dock
1920
1949
1939
Steilacoom ferry dock
Steilacoom - Longbranch dock
Ferry "Christine B. Anderson"
Ferry "Christine B. Anderson"
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2005
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Steilacoom ferry dock
Steilacoom dock with McNeil launch and ferry "Tahoma"
Boats and ferry at Steilacoom dock
1970s
1970s
1953
Ferry "Islander".  Began service between Steilacoom and Anderson Island in 1967.
McNeil Federal Penitentiary boat "Steilacoom".  Inmates (and workers) were loaded at Steilacoom and ferried to the prison directly across from the Steilacoom waterfront.  See more penitentiary boats and launches at "Boats050 - 57 below.
Ferry "Tahoma" leaving Steilacoom dock headed for Anderson Island
~1970
Sep 20, 1965
Sep 20, 1965
Ferry "Steilacoom II" (sister ship of "Christine Anderson") leaving Steilacoom dock headed for Anderson Island straight ahead, or to Ketron Island if it stays on apparent course to port.
Steilacoom dock and train station.
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Sep 19, 1965
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U. S. Penitentiary launch number "3".  50 horsepower engine
U. S. Penitentiary boat "Steilacoom".  Army wooden "T" boat converted for penetentiary as passenger boat
U. S. Penitentiary boat "John G. Sargent", built in 1909.  First power tug assigned to U. S. Pen.
1930
U. S. Penitentiary boat "A. H. MacCormick""
U. S. Penitentiary boat, "Lady Hammack"
U. S. Penitentiary launch with "Lady Hammack" in background.  There were three launches at the time.  This is either #1 or #2 (#3 is pictured at "Boats051" above.  

Boats053
Boats050
Boats052
Boats051
Boats057
Boats055
Boats054
Early 1930s
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~1910
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1931
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Boats056
Note the kerosene lantern hanging from the rigging
Dupont Powder pier south of Solo Point
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U. S. Penitentiary launch with "Lady Hammack"
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1900
1900
1900
1900
1900
1900
Full-size (approx. 36" wide, 24" tall) copies, unframed, available from SHMA Gift Shop for $80.  Call (253) 584-8623.
Tall ships (and other sailboats) off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta. 
Tall ships (and other sailboats) off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta. 
Tall ships (and other sailboats) off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta. 
Tall ships (and other sailboats) off Steilacoom waterfront during regatta. 
Courtesy of Tacoma Public Library.  SHMA cannot provide copies without written permission.
Courtesy of Tacoma Public Library.  SHMA cannot provide copies without written permission.
Original photo by N. Caple and Company.
Boats050 - 057 are McNeil Island Penetentiary boats.  Other such boats can be seen in the McNeil Island Maritime Fleet Collection courtesy of Jack Zukowski family
Courtesy Leon Callaway
Courtesy Leon Callaway
Courtesy Leon Callaway
Courtesy Leon Callaway
Courtesy Leon Callaway
Courtesy Leon Callaway
There are several more boats in the "McNeil Island" category
Boats058
Native American fishing boat

1897
U. S. Penitentiary launch  "General Cummings"  

Boats059
McNeil Federal Penetentiary launch James V. Bennett.  Originally owned by movie stars Delores Costello and Douglas Fairbanks.  Saw service in WW-II and Alaska.

Boats060
Ferry Christine Anderson and USP McNeil passenger Launch approaching, and ferry Steilacoom II departing Steilacoom dock.  Photo by Robert Lyden.  Photo cannot be transferred without permission by photographer.

Feb 2012
Boats062
Boats061
Private pleasure boats leaving Steilacoom dock

1950s?
Tug and launch at a dock on the Steilacoom waterfront.

Boats065
Boats064
Boats063
Fishing boat and launch at a dock on the Steilacoom waterfront.

Launch at McNeil Penitentiary dock.

Sternwheeler passenger and freight ferry Multnomah which served ports between Olympia and Seattle, taking it past Steilacoom on a regular basis.  The Multnomah was built in 1885 and sank on a foggy day in 1909 in Elliot Bay after being rammed by a freighter.

Boats066
New Steilacoom ferry off to Longbranch.  Photo donated by Milt Davidson.

Apr 1924
Boats067
Motor scow pulling McNeil Pen launch James V. Bennett off the Steilacoom beach. Photo donated by Milt Davidson.

April 1948
Boats068
Boats069
Unidentified ferry approaching Steilacoom ferry dock from Anderson Island.   Photo donated by Milt Davidson.

 Unidentified boat (perhaps a ferry) debarking from Steilacoom dock.  Photo donated by Milt Davidson.

Aug 30, 1938