- Cyrene (steamboat)
Career Name: Cyrene Owner: James M. Colman, John L. Anderson Route: Lake Washington, Puget Sound Builder: Matt Anderson In service: 1891 Notes: Originally built as a yacht. General characteristics Type: inland steamboat Propulsion: propeller Crew: 6 (captain, mate, deckhand, engineer, purser, fireman) Notes: Rebuilt in 1909 to increase capacity (pilot house moved to upper deck).
Construction and launching
Cyrene was built in Seattle in a boatyard on the site of Colman Dock. The vessel was commissioned as a yacht by James M. Colman, a prominent early Seattle businessman. Colman hoped that the building of the yacht would encourage employment in the shipyard. Matt Anderson superintended the construction of the vessel.
Transfer to Lake Washington
Colman asked John L. Anderson, who was operating steamboats on Lake Washington, if he would purchase Cyrene. Anderson agreed, and brought the vessel to Lake Washington by way of the difficult Black River route, the only natural riverine access from Puget Sound to Lake Washington. Anderson used the vessel on Lake Washington in the excursion business. In 1909, in anticipation of additional business trom visitors to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Anderson rebuilt Cyrene, increasing the passenger capacity and moving the wheelhouse to the upper deck.
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