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  • The SKAGIT CHIEF was built in 1934 by Lake Union Dry Dock & Machine Works for the Skagit River Navigation & Trading Co. She was designed for the Seattle, Stanwood, Mt. Vernon and La Conner route. She was a shallow-draft vessel was fitted with "spuds" (heavy upright beams which could be lowered to the river bed) to enable her to hoist herself over shoals and to make difficult turns in the river. Of 502 tons, with dimensions of 165x40.1x6.4 and ... more
    The SKAGIT CHIEF was built in 1934 by Lake Union Dry Dock & Machine Works for the Skagit River Navigation & Trading Co. She was designed for the Seattle, Stanwood, Mt. Vernon and La Conner route. She was a shallow-draft vessel was fitted with "spuds" (heavy upright beams which could be lowered to the river bed) to enable her to hoist herself over shoals and to make difficult turns in the river. Of 502 tons, with dimensions of 165x40.1x6.4 and a draft of 18 inches, the SKAGIT CHIEF was fitted with the 400-horsepower single-cylinder engines from the former Columbia River steamer G.K. WENTWORTH of 1905. The SKAGIT CHIEF sank in 1956 while being towed to the Portland Harbor Marina to be converted to a floating restaurant on the Willamette River. (pg. 437 and pg. 615) Notes from Gordon Newell, ed., The H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (Seattle: Superior Publishing Co, 1966). less
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    Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600XL at 100 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 3 and resized to 768x512 ppi. 2001