Steamboat inspection office opens in Seattle on September 1, 1871.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 7/29/1999
  • Essay 1596

On September 1, 1871, the United States establishes a steamboat inspection office in Seattle. The office inspects steamboat engine boilers and the hulls of boats plying Puget Sound, as well as other Western Washington steamships. Isaac Parker is appointed the Inspector of Boilers. William Hammond, Seattle's principal boatbuilder, is appointed Inspector of Hulls. Each position is compensated $800 per year.

Parker served one year and Hammond served till 1880.


Thomas Prosch, "A Chronological History of Seattle from 1850 to 1897" (Typescript, dated 1900-1901, Northwest Collection, University of Washington Library, Seattle), 209.

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