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USED W.T. Preston


Snagboat:
  • Built in 1929 for the US Army Corps of Engineers at Hall Bros. Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Co., Winslow. WA.
  • Launched in 1929
  • Delivered in 1929, to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District
  • Placed in commission in 1929 as USED W.T. Preston
  • W.T. Preston operated from Olympia to Blaine, including the Skagit, Stillaguamish, and Snohomish rivers to remove obstructions and facilitate river based commerce
  • W.T. Preston's wooden hull was replaced with a steel hull in her 1939 refit
  • Retired in 1981
  • Current Disposition, W.T. Preston now operates as a history museum, and is owned and operated by the City of Anacortes' City Museum.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 490 t.
    Length 163'
    Beam 34'
    Draft 3'8"
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Propulsion
    two 180psi fire tube boilers
    two 150 hp (110 kW) reciprocating steam engines
    Sternwheel

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    W.T. Preston
    303200704
    73k Diagram of the anatomy of snagboat USED W.T. Preston.
    Anacortes City Museum
    Tommy Trampp
    W.T. Preston
    303200705
    255k USED W.T. Preston underway near Union Dry Dock & Machine Works, 18 January 1940.
    US National Archives Identifier # 298847
    Tommy Trampp
    W.T. Preston
    303200706
    204k USED W.T. Preston underway on Lake Washington east of Seattle, circa 1970.
    Dave Thomson Collection at Steamboats.com
    Tommy Trampp
    W.T. Preston
    303200702
    103k USED W.T. Preston Museum permanently dry berthed on the waterfront near Cap Sante, in Anacortes, Washington, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    W.T. Preston
    303200701
    79k USACE W.T. Preston Museum permanently dry berthed on the waterfront near Cap Sante, in Anacortes, Washington, date unknown.
    Courtesy Dieselduck.net
    Tommy Trampp
    W.T. Preston
    303200703
    73k

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