Building Another
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BUILDING ANOTHER SOUND STEAMER
from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 3 May 1903, pg.2

Jefferson to be Built For Seattle - Victoria Route by P.S.N. Co.

Puget Sound Navigation Co. Buys other Steamers --- Liners Sail

The Puget Sound Navigation Company has ordered a new steamer for the Seattle-Victoria route, which is to replace one of the two steamers, now in service. The steamer 'Clallam', which is being completed at the yards where she was recently launched at Tacoma, is to replace the steamer 'Rosalie', which is now running in conjunction with the 'Majestic', and a third steamer with a guaranteed speed of fifteen knots an hour has just been ordered for the Seattle-Victoria run. The new vessel, which is to be named the 'Jefferson', will be 220 feet long, and 42 feet beam. The Puget Sound Navigation Company has just completed a merger of Sound steamers, which will give Victoria a closer connection with the Sound, as all the branch lines will be operated under the one management, and connections will be made better than heretofore.

Control of the La Conner Trading & Transportation Company, one of the oldest and most successful of the many Puget Sound transportation concerns, has passed by purchase of a heavy block of the stock to the Alaska Steamship Company, which also owns the Puget Sound Navigation Company. Negotiations have been pending two weeks between Charles E. Peabody, Walter Oakes, Joshua Green and Capt. George J. Willey.

The transfer, which was made yesterday morning, means the consolidation for operative purposes of the Puget Sound Navigation Company and the La Conner Trading & Transportation Company with a close working alliance with the Alaska Steamship Company, which may be said to be the parent corporation. It was brought about through the purchase of the stock of L.T. & T. Co. held by Capt. Willey, general manager of the company, for a consideration of about $100,000 in cash and cash securities.

The transfer of Capt. Willey's stock throws 20 ocean and Sound steamers under one management and control. They are the 'Majestic', 'Rosalie', 'Alice Gertrude', 'Garland', 'Prosper', 'Clallam', 'Samson' and 'Lydia Thompson', of the Puget Sound Navigation Company; the Alaska Steamship Company's 'Dolphin', 'Dirago', 'Farallon' and 'Humboldt'; the La Conner Trading & Transportation Company's 'Utopia', 'George E. Starr', 'Fairhaven', 'T.W. Lake', 'Inland Flyer', 'Rapid Transit', 'Port Orchard' and 'Ashton'. All save two of these vessels, the 'Athlon' which is the property of H.B. Kennedy, and the 'Humboldt', which is owned by the Humboldt Steamship Company, are owned outright by the three transportation companies named.

The two Sound fleets will at once be put in close co-operation. At present they occupy the La Conner-Whidby Island and Victoria, Neah Bay, San Juan Island, Port Townsend, Port Gamble, Whatcom and Blaine route. In the future especial attention is to be paid to the Whatcom run with a view to giving a first-class steamer service between Bellingham Bay cities and Seattle. Some of the Puget Sound Navigation Company will be taken off at an early date and placed on the Whatcom route and various changes of vessels on other runs made in order to give an improved service.

In this connection a third steamer, to be known as the 'Jefferson', has been ordered constructed by the management of the Puget Sound Navigation Company. She will be 220 feet long, 42 feet beam, with a guaranteed speed of 15 knots. She is to be placed on the Victoria run. The 'Samson', a modern heavy Sound freighter, was placed in commission a few days ago, and the 'Clallam' is nearing completion.
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