BUILT: 1910, Seattle, WA PREVIOUS/LATER NAMES: a. Sioux, b. Olympic, c. USAT Franklin S. Leisenring OFFICIAL NUMBER: 208278 SIGNAL LETTERS: KMVZ
L/B/D: 175 x 39 x 23 GROSS/NET TONS: 1317/896 PASSENGERS/AUTOS: 560/40 PROPULSION: One four-cylinder triple-expansion engine, 1400 HP
NAME TRANSLATION: For the Mountain range; mountains took the name from the tallest peak, Mount Olympus; the name was given by Capt. John Meares who said at the time, "For
truly it must be the home of the Gods.”
FINAL DISPOSITION: Sold to the US Army, 1941. Renamed USAT Franklin S Leisenring. During World War II USAT Franklin S. Leisenring was assigned to the Panama Canal Zone.
Following World War II USAT Franklin S. Leisenring was sold to a Dutch Guiana company for service out of Paramaribo on the Suriname River. According to author Gordon Newell in
Pacific Steamboats (1958), the Olympic ex-Sioux was still in service, steaming up and down the Suriname River.
Leaving Port Angeles for another trip to Victoria, the steam powered car ferry Olympic pulls out of the harbor. She would take the day runs directly from Port Angeles to Victoria while the
Iroquois would take the "Night Run" to Victoria from Seattle via Port Townsend and Port Angeles.
Above, the Olympic at dock. Below, the Olympic making a landing at Port Angeles. Even
with the modifications to her bow, the Olympic still retained her graceful lines.
Top, author's collection, below, courtesy of Tom Sanislo, color by Nevermore Images.
|A wild ride for the Sioux...
"An engine room error resulted in the Puget Sound Navigation Company's steel steamer
Sioux running wild at Everett on August 16, 1912, and seriously depleting the local mosquito
The Sioux, on her way from Seattle, was coming into the wharf at Everett and Capt. William
Thornton had telegraphed the engine room for half speed astern. The engines were set at half
speed ahead instead, and the steamer plowed into the dock. As she rebounded from the
impact, Capt. Thornton sent an urgent signal to the engine room for full speed astern. This
time she surged ahead at full speed, striking the Island Transportation Co. steamer Camano
near the stern with such force that the moored steamer careened forward, striking George
Sailing's 75-foot Everett-Mukilteo launch Island Flyer and J. H. Prather's new Everett- Holmes
Harbor launch Alverene, sinking the former and seriously damaging the latter. The Camano,
her hull torn open, then sank alongside the dock. The 40-foot charter launch Ranger of 0. C.
Peck was less seriously damaged in the melee, as was the 70-foot Tacoma launch Daphne,
under charter to George Sailing, but C. C. Hester's 26 -foot launch Arrow was reduced to
kindling. The ensuing inquiry revealed that an oiler had been left in charge of the engines at
the time of the accident. Again there was no loss of life, although a deckhand on the Camano,
William McGee, barely escaped from the lower deck aft, reaching safety as the bow of the
Sioux plowed through the exact spot where he had been standing. Gordon Newell, "Maritime
Events of 1912," H. W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest., p. 209.