Sunday, July 12, 2009

Puget Sound and Alaska Steamship Company

Operating from 1889-1904 as a subsidiary of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Puget Sound and Alaska Steamship Company ran a steamship line from Tacoma servicing Puget Sound and Alaska. Originally set out to ship passengers and fishing products, the Alaska Steamship Company began shipping mining equipment, dog sleds, and cattle at the outbreak of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897.

In 1909, the Alaska Steamship Company was purchased by the Alaska Syndicate and merged with the Northwestern Steamship Company. A number of prominent investors owned shares in the company, including John D. Rockefeller.

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