Defiance (steamboat)

Defiance (steamboat)
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Defiance (later Kingston)
Name: Defiance (Kingston)
Owner: McDowell Trans. Co.; others
Route: Puget Sound
Completed: 1901
Out of service: 1933
Fate: Wrecked.
General characteristics
Tonnage: 91
Length: 93 ft (28.3 m)
Installed power: steam engine; diesel in 1933
Propulsion: propeller

The steamboat Defiance operated in the early 1900s as part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. In later years this vessel was called Kingston.



Defiance was built in 1901 by Matthew McDowell at Tacoma to replace the Dauntless on the Seattle-Tacoma-West Pass run. (McDowell sold Dauntless to the Moe Brothers to run on their Bainbridge Island route.). Defiance was 93' long.

Defiance originally ran in the Seattle-Tacoma-West Pass route. The steamer Virginia V.[1] In about 1913, Defiance was sold to the Kingston Transportation Company, which renamed her Kingston and put her on a route between Ballard, Washington and Kingson.[2][3]

By about 1923, Kingston (ex-Defiance) had come under the ownership of the Whidby Island Transportation Company, run by Captain F.G. Reeve and associates, and doing business as the Washington Route. The Washington Route operated Kingston and another steamer, Silverdale and other points on the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island. Captain Reeve also placed Kingston and another steamer, Coupeville route, this was in the fall of 1923.[3] In 1932, Kingston was sold by the Washington Route to Captain Charles West and others.

In 1933, Kingston was converted to diesel and outfitted with refrigerated compartments to run in the southeastern Alaska trade. [4] On May 20, 1933, on her first voyage north, Kingston (ex-Defiance) was wrecked in the Whitestone Narrows near Sitka and became a total loss.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Newell, Ships of the Inland Sea, at 126.
  2. ^ Newell and Williamson, Pacific Steamboats, at 120.
  3. ^ a b Kline and Bayless, Ferryboats – A Legend on Puget Sound, at 110, 166067, and 169.
  4. ^ a b Newell, ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine Historyt, at 425.


  • Kline, M.S., and Bayless, G.A., Ferryboats – A Legend on Puget Sound, Bayless Books, Seattle WA 1983 ISBN 0-914515-00-4
  • Newell, Gordon R., and Williamson, Joe, Pacific Steamboats, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA 1958
  • Newell, Gordon R., Ships of the Inland Sea, Binford and Mort, Portland, Oregon (2nd Ed. 1960).
  • Newell, Gordon R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA 1966

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