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North Pacific (sidewheeler)


North Pacific was an early steamboat operating in Puget Sound, on the Columbia River, and in British Columbia and Alaska. The vessel's nickname was "the White Schooner" which was not based on the vessel's rig, but rather on speed, as "to schoon" in nautical parlance originally meant to go fast.


  • Design and construction 

  • Operation on Puget Sound 

  • Columbia River service 

  • Return to Puget Sound 

  • 1898 Alaska Gold Rush