A-Florence K; B-Gloria
PREVIOUS/LATER NAMES: a. Florence K, b. Gloria, c. Beeline
OFFICIAL NUMBER: 121281
L/B/D: 97 x 26 x 8 PASSENGERS/AUTOS: 174/18
HISTORY: Operated by Tacoma Ferry Company and Crosby Direct Line Ferries; renamed Beeline after the steamer was converted to a ferry in 1926. She became part of the Black Ball
fleet in 1926 and worked a number of routes, including Mukilteo-Clinton and Port Townsend-Keystone. The Beeline was taken out of service in 1939 and was still listed as an asset of Black
Ball as late as 1941. After 1942, the ferry disappears from the U.S. Merchant ship list.
NAME TRANSLATION: The “B” in the Crosby Direct Ferry Lines fleet
FINAL DISPOSITION: Abandoned/scrapped 1941.
L/B/D: 194 x 33 x 8 GROSS/NET TONS: 878/802 PASSENGERS/AUTOS: /25
HISTORY: Stern-wheeler built for use on the Columbia, later ran between Olympia and Seattle on Puget Sound. Sponsoned out to carry autos about 1918 and assigned to the "Navy Yard
Route" from Seattle to Bremerton, she became the first car ferry on the route. Last operated in 1923.
NAME TRANSLATION: Named after the mayor of Seattle, Bailey Gatzert.
FINAL DISPOSITION: According to one source, the machinery in the Gatzert was stripped out in 1926. Another, contemporary, source reports that the boat was floating at its moorings in May
1929, stripped of machinery and out of use.
In 1930, the hulk of the steamer was sold to the Lake Union Drydock and Machine Works of Seattle, which built a four-story structure on the old hull, which was still sound, and used the
vessel as a floating shipway and machine shop in Lake Union.
Photo of the H.B. Kennedy at left and the Bailey Gatzert at right courtesy of MOHAI.