Zephyr (steamboat)

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Zephyr (sternwheeler 1871).jpg
Zephyr and work crew alongside on float
Name: Zephyr
Route: Puget Sound
Completed: 1871
Out of service: 1907
General characteristics
Installed power: steam engines
Propulsion: sternwheel

Zephyr was a sternwheel steamboat of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet.


Zephyr was built in 1871 for the famous steamboat captain Tom Wright. In 1872, the Merchants Transportation Company of Olympia was formed, with Zephyr becoming the company's first steamboat. The vessel was placed on the Olympia, Washington-Steilacoom-Tacoma-Seattle run, making way-stops en route, and competing with another sternweeler, Messenger, and making the run on alternating days. In 1907, the vessel was sold for scrapping in Seattle.


  • Findlay, Jean Cammon and Paterson, Robin, Mosquito Fleet of Southern Puget Sound, (2008) Arcadia Publishing ISBN 0-7385-5607-6