|MINOR PSN VESSELS
|LAKE WASHINGTON FERRIES
|The evolution of the modern ferryboat on Puget Sound has a distinct progression. First the famed "mosquito fleet" plied the waters of the Sound. With
the advent of the automobile, steamer companies had to find ways to convert their existing fleet to carry cars. Before the Puget Sound Navigation
Company was able to purchase the bulk of its fleet from the discarded San Francisco fleet, a number of steamers were sponsoned out, rebuilt and
converted to carry autos.
In addition, Captain Peabody took a few vessels with him to Canada after leaving Puget Sound, creating the blue print from which would spring the largest
ferry system in North America.
The vessels are all long gone, but their importance both on Puget Sound and the coastal waters of British Columbia is not lost. Were it not for this
"Rogues Gallery" of vessels, the shape of modern ferry operations might be entirely different.