Fairhaven (sternwheeler)

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Fairhaven on ways.jpg
Fairhaven under construction.
Name: Fairhaven
Owner: Pacific Nav. Co.; La Conner Trading & Trans. Co.; Puget Sound Nav. Co.
Route: Puget Sound
Builder: John J. Holland
Completed: 1889
Out of service: 1918
Identification: US registry 126378
Fate: Destroyed by fire.
General characteristics
Tonnage: 319.39 gross, 240.57 registered
Length: 130.2 ft (39.7 m)
Beam: 26.5 ft (8.1 m)
Depth: 6.2 ft (1.9 m) depth of hold
Installed power: twin steam engines, horizontally mounted
Propulsion: sternwheel

Fairhaven was a sternwheel steamboat of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet which operated from 1889 to 1918.


Fairhaven was built in 1889 by John J. Holland for the Pacific Navigation Company in his shipyard at Tacoma, Washington. The vessel was placed on the run from Seattle to Bellingham, Washington, by way of Whidbey Island and the town of La Conner, Washington. On November 3, 1911, Fairhaven sank at the mooring in Seattle. The vessel was raised, but was destroyed by fire in 1918.


Advertisement for Fairhaven, 1901. 
Fairhaven sunk at pier, November 3, 1911. 
Hulk of Fairhaven, ca.1920, in West Seattle


  • Affleck, Edwin L, ed. A Century of Paddlewheelers in the Pacific Northwest, the Yukon, and Alaska, Alexander Nicholls Press, Vancouver, BC (2000) ISBN 0-920034-08-X