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Pictured as: the Equator (Northwestern Fisheries) Photo by: J.E. Thwaites (Collection of Kyle Stubbs)

Built in 1888, by Matthew Turner at Benicia, California as the Equator, a two-masted trading schooner.

In 1889, author Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, charted the schooner for a voyage through the islands of Micronesia.

In 1902, the schooner was acquired by the Pacific Packing and Navigation Company of Bellingham, Washington and rebuilt as a cannery tender, fitted with a 9, 18 x 18 compound steam engine. Where she retained her name.

In 1905, Pacific Packing and Navigation was dissolved, and she was acquired by the Northwestern Fisheries Company of Bellingham, Washington. Where the tender retained her name.

In 1915, the tender was acquired by the Cary-Davis Tug and Barge Company of Seattle, Washington to be employed as a tugboat. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1922, Cary-Davis Tug and Barge repowered the tug with a 200 horsepower gas engine.

In 1929, Cary-Davis Tug and Barge joined with the Pacific Towboat Company, Drummond Lighterage Company and Gilkey Brothers Company to manage the four fleets together under the combined guise of the Puget Sound Tug and Barge Company.

In 1941, Puget Sound Tug and Barge repowered the tug with a 250 horsepower diesel engine.

In 1956, the tug was retired and partially dismantled. The hull was then scuttled as part of a breakwater at the mouth of the Snohomish River in Everett, Washington.

In 1967, the hull of the tug was salvaged from the breakwater and placed on display on the waterfront of Everett, Washington. Where it remains.

  • Vessel Name: EQUATOR
  • USCG Doc. No.: 135991
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Hull Material: WOOD
  • Ship Builder: MATTHEW TURNER
  • Year Built: 1888
  • Length: 81.5
  • Hailing Port: SEATTLE, WA
  • Hull Depth: 8.0
  • Hull Breadth: 22.0
  • Gross Tonnage: 76
  • Net Tonnage: 51
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Pacific Packing and Navigation Co, Northwestern Fisheries Co, Cary-Davis Tug and Barge Co, Puget Sound Tug and Barge Co