Crystal was a typical small steamer of the type that served small communities along Puget Sound. Crystal was built at Gig Harbor in 1904 for Miles Coffman. Crystal was propeller-driven, 45' long, and rated at 25 tons. Captain Coffman placed Crystal on the run between Tacoma and Wollochet Bay, until she was replaced on this run by Audrey. After that, Crystal was repowered with a 50 horsepower (37 kW) gasoline engine and transferred to Port Angeles.