Aquilo (steamboat)

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For the 1901 private steam yacht, see Aquilo (steam yacht).
Aquilo steamboat under construction ca 1909.jpg
Aquilo under construction
Name: Aquilo
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
Installed power: steam engine
Propulsion: propeller
Notes: Converted to ferry for later career.

The steamboat Aquilo operated on Lake Washington and Puget Sound in the first part of the 20th century.


Aquilo was built by Captain John Anderson as part of his fleet of steamboats on Lake Washington, operating under the name of the Anderson Steamboat Company. “Aquilo” was the Roman name for their god of the northwind. (Captain Anderson named his vessels after classical gods, starting with Xanthus and Cyrene.) The vessel is reported to have been acquired by Anderson Steamboat Company at a cost of $20,000 in April 1909.[1]


Publicly owned ferries operating on Lake Washington ran Captain Anderson out of the steamboat business by about the time of the First World War, and he sold his interest in the Anderson Steamboat Company. In 1920 ferry services across Elliott Bay from Seattle to West Seattle were terminated by King County which had been operating the ferry West Seattle on the route.

As a replacement, Aquilo was brought to Puget Sound from Lake Washington, and apparently acquired then or earlier by King County. The county rebuilt Aquilo’s bow to allow her to use the West Seattle ferry dock. Aquilo could thereafter carry two automobiles on her foredeck (and thus technically may have become a ferry) but did not on the West Seattle run.[2]

Sold for scrap[edit]

Captain Anderson operated Aquilo as the lessee of King County’s ferry fleet. In 1938, he returned Aquilo, and another former Anderson steamboat, Triton, to King County. The county sold Aquilo for scrap to the Seattle firm of Pacific Metal & Salvage Co. for $360.[3]

The steamboat Aquilo should not be confused with the steam yacht Aquilo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Public Service Comm'n vs. Anderson Steamboat Co., Case No. 4348, published in Eighth Annual Report of the Public Service Comm'n of Washington (1918), at page 179. (accessed 06-06-11)
  2. ^ Kline, M.S., and Bayless, G.A., Ferryboats–A Legend on Puget Sound, at page 94 and 148-153, Bayless Books, Seattle, WA 1983 ISBN 0-914515-00-4
  3. ^ Newell, Gordon R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, at 466, Superior Publishing Co., Seattle, WA 1966

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