Sentinel (steamboat)

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Sentinel (steamboat) advertisement -- cropped.jpeg
Advertisement for steamer Sentinel, published 1901.
Name: Sentinel
Owner: Hunt Bros.; Hansen Trans. Co.; Kitsap County Transportation Company
Route: Puget Sound
Completed: 1898
Out of service: 1928
General characteristics
Length: 100 ft (30 m) (approx.)
Installed power: steam engine
Propulsion: propeller

Sentinel was a small wooden propeller-driven steamship of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet.


Sentinel was built in 1898 for the Hunt Brothers, who ran a family steamboat business on Puget Sound. The Hunts ran the vessel to stops on Bay Island in southern Puget Sound, and also on a run to Seattle with mail stops on Vashon Island. The vessel was sold to Hansen Transportation Co. in 1903, rebuilt and widened so as to increase passenger capacity from 100 to 250. In 1921 Hansen Transportation sold the vessel to Ed Lorentz. In 1928, the vessel was scrapped and the engine installed in another steamboat, the Arcadia. Sentinel is reported to have belonged to the Kitsap County Transportation Company (KCTC) from 1905 to 1908, and to have been part of KCTC when it was formed.[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