Burton (steamboat)

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Name: Burton
Owner: Tacoma & Burton Navigation Co.; Kitsap County Transportation Co.
Route: Puget Sound
Completed: 1905
Out of service: 1924
Fate: Burned
General characteristics
Length: 93 ft (28.3 m)
Installed power: Steam engine, later diesel
Propulsion: Propeller

Burton was a steamboat built in 1905 in Tacoma, Washington and which was in service on Puget Sound until 1924.


Burton was built for the Tacoma and Burton Navigation Company, whose principals had once been partners with the owners of a rival steamer Norwood on runs from Tacoma to points on Vashon Island. Burton was intended to compete with Norwood. Once Burton was completed, daily competition for fares meant both steamers were racing each other from landing to landing. Norwood was soon replaced with the faster and newer Vashon, and the racing continued with Burton every day until 1907, when Burton was replaced on the route by Magnolia. Burton was sold to the Kitsap County Transportation Company (KCTC) in 1912. By 1924, Burton had been taken out of service, and was laid up in Gig Harbor, and in that year a fire started on board and destroyed the vessel.

Burton is reported to have been owned by KCTC from 1907 to 1911 and from 1912 to 1923.[1]


  1. ^ Kline and Bayless, Ferryboats - A Legend on Puget Sound, at page 352.


  • Findlay, Jean Cammon and Paterson, Robin, Mosquito Fleet of Southern Puget Sound, (2008) Arcadia Publishing ISBN 0-7385-5607-6
  • Kline, Mary S., and Bayless, G.A., Ferryboats -- A Legend on Puget Sound, Bayless Books, Seattle, WA 1983 ISBN 0-914515-00-4
  • Newell, Gordon, Ships of the Inland Sea, Binford and Mort, Portland, OR (2nd Ed. 1960)
  • Newell, Gordon, and Williamson, Joe, Pacific Steamboats, Bonanza Books, New York, NY (1963)

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