Capital City (sternwheeler)

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Capital City (sternwheeler) 1904.jpeg
Capital City in 1904. (Asahel Curtis photograph)
Name: Capital City
Owner: Canadian Pacific Railway
Route: Puget Sound
Builder: E.G. Rathbown
Completed: 1898, Port Blakely
Out of service: 1919
Identification: US registry #157507
Fate: Broken up in 1919.
General characteristics
Tonnage: 522.8 gross; 348.2 registered
Length: 150.2 ft (45.8 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Depth: 7 ft (2.1 m) depth of hold
Installed power: twin steam engines, horizontally mounted
Propulsion: sternwheel

Capital City was a sternwheel steamboat of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. The vessel was originally named Dalton.


Capital City was built in 1898 at Port Blakely at the Hall Brothers shipyard. This vessel was originally owned by Canadian Pacific Ry. and was acquired by White Pass in 1901, but was not used under White Pass ownership. The vessel was sold to S. Willey Steamship & Navigation Co. and renamed Capital City in 1901. The vessel was resold to McDonald Steamship Co. in 1903, resold to Olympia-Tacoma Navigation Co. in 1904, and resold again to Dallas, Portland & Astoria Navigation Co. in 1906. Broken up in 1919. The vessel was originally named for John “Jack” Dalton (1856–1944), an Alaskan packer.


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