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Milestones 1850s

1858

  • First successful steam ferry launches beginning of "Mosquito Fleet." These steamboats provided the transportation links between Seattle and towns across Lake Union, Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.

Photo of One of the mosquito fleet steamers that made Seattle the principal port of call on Puget Sound
One of the mosquito fleet steamers that made Seattle
the principal port of call on Puget Sound.
Photo courtesy Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).


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Updated: Dec. 11, 2002