Official Number: 127440 Radio Call Number: WA 3651 Built: Toledo, OH, 1900. Rebuilt: 1928, 1932 Length: 212' 3" Beam: 52' 7" Draft: 15' 5"
Auto Deck Clearance: 9' 6" Speed: 15 knots Horsepower: 2,130 Propulsion: twin triple expansion steam; Busch-Sulzer diesel, direct drive
Autos: 52 Passengers: 950 Gross Tonnage: 887
Name Translation: Great Lakes Native American tribe
FINAL DISPOSITION: Gutted by arson fire, 28 June, 1968. ~ The Chippewa, working her final years in the San Juan Islands. Author's collection.
|The third photo clearly shows the Chippewa's main flaw--her 9 1/2 foot auto deck clearance.
From the look of this photo, it seems that the truck was about three or four inches too tall.
Author's collection. Mousing over you'll see the car deck. Courtesy of PSMHS, MOHAI.
Williamson photo. Above, the Chippewa working for WSF. Below, the mahogany woodwork
in the passenger cabin.
|At top, the Chippewa as she looked when arriving on Puget Sound. She would keep this
look until her first major reconstruction in 1926. Author's collection. Above, looking
somewhat half-done, the Chippewa emerged from the Lake Washington Shipyard in 1926
still powered with her original steam engines, which is very evident in this photo. Bayless
Several sources over the last two decades claim that the hull of the Chippewa
is still afloat somewhere in the Delta. Collinsville, Antioch and several other
locations on the Sacramento River.
Careful searches on Google Earth haven't turned anything up--but that
doesn't mean the hull isn't still around around somewhere.
If it is still with us, the hull would be 115 years old--beating out the old hull of
the City of Sacramento.