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Catalog Number WF 0061
Description Steamer EASTERN OREGON in the Guemes Channel headed for the Oregon Improvement Company Dock. Guemes Island visible in rear. Name board of boat seen above forward cabin, directly below mast and two men. EASTERN OREGON was an 800-ton ship built in Philadelphia by John Roach in 1883. It was purchased by the Oregon Improvement Company in June 1890. On 7-3-1890 the ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Fleets Increase. EASTERN OREGON is coming. P. I. reports that Oregon Improvement Company has purchased the twin-screw propeller EASTERN OREGON which has been for some time in San Francisco. It will begin making daily trips next Monday between Seattle, Port Townsend, Anacortes and Bellingham carrying passengers and freight. Headquarters will be in Seattle. Berth will be at the Ocean Dock and she will be taken care of by Oregon Improvement Company shops. Ship commanded by Cpt. Gage." An advertisement on 12-4-1890 in the ANACORTES AMERICAN stated, "Oregon Improvement Company's Puget Sound Steamer Line, EASTERN OREGON elegant twin-screwed propeller. Perfect safety; finest passenger service on the Sound; Gentlemanly treatment to passengers; Freight and passenger service solicited. Leaves Seattle at 8:00 AM to Port Townsend, Anacortes, Fairhaven, Sehome and Whatcom at 5:30. (Ad written on 7-8-1890) On 2-26-1891 the ship's demise was reported, "Steamer EASTERN OREGON burned while on the ways at Percival's Wharf, Olympia. Discovered to be on fire; some of crew barely escaped. Belonged to Oregon Improvement Company. Vessel nearly destroyed, loss $100,000."
Photographer EWING, David B., probably
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Photograph
Place - Anacortes, WA
Transportation - Maritime
Maritime - Boat
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Eastern Oregon
Guemes Channel
twin-screw propeller
passenger service
Object Name Print, Photographic