Triton (steamboat)

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Triton steamboat ca 1911.jpg
Name: Triton
Owner: Anderson Boat Company; King County, Washington
Route: Lake Washington
Builder: John L. Anderson
In service: 1909
Out of service: 1938
General characteristics
Type: inland steamboat
Tonnage: 49
Length: 79 ft (24.1 m)
Installed power: steam engine
Propulsion: propeller

The steamboat Triton was a vessel that operated on Lake Washington in the first part of the 20th Century.


Triton was built in 1909 at the Anderson shipyard on the eastern shore of Lake Washington at Houghton. She was 78 feet long and rated at 49 tons.[1] Triton was built by Captain John Anderson to join his fleet of steamboats on Lake Washington, operating under the name of the Anderson Steamboat Company. “Triton” was the Roman name a god reputed to be the son of Poseidon who was called the “messenger of the deep". Captain Anderson named his vessels after classical gods, starting with Xanthus and Cyrene. Triton was similar in appearance to Aquilo, built about the same time by Anderson.


Publicly owned ferries (owned by King County on Lake Washington ran Captain Anderson out of the steamboat business by about the time of the First World War, so he sold his interest in the Anderson Steamboat Company. Later, Captain Anderson operated Triton and other former vessels of his as a lessee of King County.[2]

In 1938, Captain Anderson returned Triton and Aquilo to King County. The leading source states that Aquilo was sold for scrap but is silent as to Triton’s fate; scrapping would be a reasonable assumption.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Newell, Gordon R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, at 159, Superior Publishing Co., Seattle, WA 1966
  2. ^ Kline, M.S., and Bayless, G.A., Ferryboats–A Legend on Puget Sound, at 148-153, Bayless Books, Seattle, WA 1983
  3. ^ McCurdy, at 466

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Historic images from on-line collections of the University of Washington[edit]