Straits Steamship Company

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Straits Steamship Company
Founded(July 1, 1894 (1894-07-01))
Area served
Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands, Puget Sound
Key people
James Morgan, L. B. Hastings, W.S. Mann, and A.L. Horn.

The Straits Steamship Company was a shipping firm that operated steamships on Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca


The company was formed on July 1, 1894 by Capt. James Morgan, L. B. Hastings, W.S. Mann, and A.L. Horn.[1]


The company operated the steamships Willapa and Garland on the route from Seattle to Neah Bay, and the Evangel on the route Seattle – Port TownsendPort AngelesDungenessVictoria.[1] In the first decade of the 1900s the company provided service to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.[2]

The company also owned the steamship, SS Hong Chuen, which was sunk at the beginning of World War II.



  • Newell, Gordon, R., ed. H.W. McCurdy Maritime History of the Pacific Northwest, Superior Publishing 1966.
  • Vouri, Mike, Vouri, Julia, San Juan Historical Society, Friday Harbor, Arcadia Publishing (1909) ISBN 0-7385-5869-9
  • Wright, E.W., Lewis & Dryden's Marine history of the Pacific Northwest, Lewis & Dryden Printing Co., Portland, OR (1995)