Along with the Potlatch, 1912 saw the construction and launch of a second
large steamer, the S.S.
Sol Duc. The Puget Sound Navigation Co. was well
on its way to replacing its fleet of old wooden steamers with one of steel.

Both the  
Sol Duc and Potlatch were completed by the Seattle Construction
& Drydock Co., and went into  service in the  summer of 1912. The
Sol Duc
was  designed for the Seattle Port Townsend-Port Angeles-Port Crescent
run, but Port Crescent never took off as a town and the steamer became the
"Night Boat" running from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia.  Though a
noted roller in heavy  seas, the
Sol Duc stayed on the Victoria run nearly
her entire career.

With the
Iroquois  taking over the "Night Boat" run, the Sol Duc, which was
unable to load autos,  took over for the
Kulshan on the
Seattle-Everett-Anacortes-Bellingham route.  She stayed on that run  until
the route was discontinued in 1935.   She was later mothballed along with all
the other now obsolete Black Ball passenger steamers, but avoided
scrapping.

World War II saw the
Sol Duc and the steam ferry Quilcene (ex-Kitsap II and
City of Bellingham)  taken over from the Puget Sound Navigation Co. by the
U. S. Navy in 1942.   Both the  
Sol Duc (YHB-8)  and Quilcene (YHB-5) were
used a barracks ship.  At the end of the war with the need for passenger
steamers long past, the
Sol Duc was sold for scrap.
S.S. SOL DUC
1912
Built: 1912, Seattle Construction & Drydock  Length: 189 feet  Beam: 31.5 feet Draft:22.6 feet 1,085 tons
One triple expansion engine, 1,500 Horsepower.
FINAL DISPOSITION: Scrapped 1948
Sol Duc translates to "magical waters."