Constructed: 1910, Moran Shipbuilders Length: 160.3 Feet Beam: 32 feet Draft:20.7 feet 926 tons Propulsion:
One triple expansion steam engine, developing 1,100 Hp 16 knots
FINAL DISPOSITION: Scrapped 1938
Above: the steamer Kulshan, tied up at Bellingham. Author's collection.
'The Moran Co. at Seattle completed a first-class steel screw steamer, the
Kulshan for the Seattle - Bellingham service of the Puget Sound Navigation Co.,
replacing the Whatcom Of 926 tons, with dimensions of 160.3 x 32 x 20.7, the
Kulshan was equipped with triple-expansion engine (17, 28, 47V 2x36) with steam
at 225 pounds working pressure from two ofl-fired water tube boilers. The engine
developed 1,100 horsepower. Her contract speed of 13 knots was easily
exceeded on her four-hour continuous steaming trials, during which she averaged
Later in the month of August she carried a grand excursion and basket picnic
party from Seattle to Port Ludlow to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the
establishment of the Puget Mill Co. there, then entering the Bellingham route,
which she maintained dependably for almost twenty years. Her performance was
a source of pride to Puget Sound residents, for she was practically a 100% local
product, much of the steel for her construction having been rolled at the Irondale
mill near Port Townsend.
Her first master was Capt. John ("Red Jack") Ellsmore,one of the pioneer Sound
captains, who had commanded the old stern-wheeler State of Washingtorn both
under Pacific Navigation Co. and Puget Sound Navigation Co. ownership. A
second steel passenger steamer, Sioux, was launched at Moran's on December
31, going into service early in 1911."-- Gordon Newell, "Maritime Events of 1910,"
H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest., p. 172.
The Kulshan held down the Seattle-Bellingham for route for nearly her entire
career, remaining on the route until 1929. At that point auto traffic was already
becoming the main for of transport on Puget Sound, and the Kulshan spent most
of her time in lay-up, never working full time again.
Not viable as a candidate to be converted into a ferry, the trim steamer was
broken up for scrap in 1938.