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USED Snagboat Swinomish

Sternwheel Snagboat:
  • Built in 1914 at Hall Brother Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Winslow, WA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commission USED Snagboat Swinomish, 1 March 1915
  • Swinomish worked in Puget Sound waterways clearing snags
  • Sunk, 28 December 1918, in the Skagit River during a flood event
  • Retired from US Army service circa 1923
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Breadth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Hoisting Engine unknown
    Compliment unknown
    two boiler(s)
    steam engine(s)
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    Swinomish are a community of Coast Salish peoples that descended from tribes and bands that originally lived in the Skagit Valley and Samish River Valley, the coastal areas surrounding Skagit, Padilla, and Fidalgo bays, Saratoga Passage, and numerous islands including Fidalgo, Camano, Whidbey, and the San Juan Islands.
    Photo - La Connor on the Swinomish Channel, The channel is an 11-mile long salt-water channel in Washington state that connects Skagit Bay to the south, and Padilla Bay to the north, separating Fidalgo Island from mainland Skagit County. Photo Walter Siegmund, via Wikimedia Commons
    Map - Swinomish Channel, Sound Water Stewards
    Tommy Trampp
    92k Original wood hull of USED Snagboat Swinomish under construction, 1 October 1914, at Winslow, WA..
    U.S National Archives and Records Administration Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle) (NRIAS) RG77
    John Spivey
    84k USED Snagboat Swinomish tied up alongside at the waterfront in the vicinity of Pike St., Seattle, WA., probably between 1890 and 1910. Note Pike Street Wharf at right, still extant as Pier 59, was originally built in 1904 by Ainsworth & Dunn. An early major tenant was Willis Wilbur Robinson, who ran sternwheelers of hay from the Skagit River.
    Photographer unknown. Seattle Photographs Acession # 462
    Robert Hurst
    74k USED Snagboats Skagit, left, and USED Swinomish, right, side by side, 27 February 1915. There A-frame cranes sat on their bow.
    U.S Army Corps of Engineers photo
    John Spivey
    301k USED Snagboat Swinomish Engine Room, 27 February 1915.
    U.S Army. Office of the Chief of Engineers. North Pacific Division. Seattle District
    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle) (NRIAS)
    90k USED Snagboat Swinomish in the Hiram Chittenden Locks, Lake Washington Ship Canal, Seattle, WA., 3 August 1916. This may be the informal opening of the lock.
    University of Washington Special Collections, Asahel Curtis Photo Co. Photographs, photo by Asahel Curtis, Public Domain
    Commons Wikipedia
    129k USED Snagboat Swinomish clearing snags in Lake Washington, circa 1916. The lowering of the lake to accommodate the new Ship Canal left many snags exposed.
    Shoreline Historical Museum #1249, photo by Asahel Curtis, The Friends of the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks
    John Spivey
    25k USED Snagboat Swinomish steams upriver, date and location unknown.
    Puget Sound Maritime Society, Williamson Collection, Negative No. 2796-4.
    John Spivey
    71k Lake Washington Canal, WA. Locks at the narrows of Salmon Bay. The stern wheel snagboat USED Swinowmish erecting light standard on lock wall, 17 May 1916.
    Seattle Photographs. University of Washington: Special Collections828
    Robert Hurst
    71k Lake Washington Canal, WA. Locks at the narrows of Salmon Bay. Informal opening of large lock. The USED motor launch Orcas (later Q-150) and the stern wheel snagboat USED Swinomish raised to upper level, 3 August 1916.
    Seattle Photographs. University of Washington: Special Collections 1188
    Robert Hurst

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