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The Coastal Steamer Humboldt in Alaska


The Humboldt was a wooden steamer which was built at Eureka, California, in 1896. She was 213.1 x 31.0 x 15.7 feet, had 2 decks, 2 masts, and was rated at 1,075 tons. She carried 36 crew and had a capacity of 140 passengers. She was operated on the Alaska route for many years. Purchased by the White Flyer Line in 1919, she then operated between San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 1927, she was sold at auction in San Francisco to satisfy creditors' claims. The new owner, the Los Angeles San Francisco Navigation Company, used her sporadically between San Francisco and Los Angeles until 1932 when she was withdrawn from service. Was was laid up at San Diego until 1935 when she was scrapped.


Los Angeles Herald, October 2, 1901



    SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 1 - The steamer Humboldt arrived from Skagway today with 216 passengers and over $1,000,000 in gold, half of it in care of the Alaska Express company. It is the second largest shipment of the season from the Klondike.

    Among the passengers were well known Klondike claim owners and Lieutenants Camding and Blake of the revenue service.

    The Humboldt brings the news that September 25, the first day on which press dispatches reached Skagway fromm the states, was regarded as an epoch in Alaskan history. All the telegraphic news was strongly featured.

    The story is also told of a fabulously rich quartz strike in the Atlin district, assaying $25,000 in gold to the ton.



1909: The steamer Humboldt of the Humboldt Steamship Co., Max Kalish, manager, piled up on Mouat Point, a rocky promontory on Pender Island off the Vancouver Island Coast on September 29. In charge of Capt. E. G. Baughman, the vessel was en route from Seattle to Skagway and other southeastern Alaska ports and was feeling her way through a dense fog. A wireless call for help was sent, and the fishing steamer Edith, Capt. Thomas A. Miller responded, removing all the passengers safely. Although her bow was crumpled back four feet from the stem, she was later refloated by J. E. Pharo's Puget Sound salvage steamer Santa Cruz and, following repairs, resumed Alaska service. Gordon Newell, Maritime Events of 1909, H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, p. 156.


The Weekly Star (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory), September 22, 1911

Steamer Humboldt

    The fast, neat and commodious steamer Humboldt, plying between Skagway and Seattle, stopping at Prince Rupert and way-ports and making the run between terminals in three and a half days, has issued the following fall schedule of sailings from Skagway:
    September 29, October 10th and 21st and November 1st.

    An arrangement has been made by which through tickets from all interior Yukon and Alaskan points will be honored on the Humboldt. For further information, see or write W. W. Boughton, agent, Skagway.





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