Idaho (1866 ship)

Idaho was a wooden steamship built for Pacific Coast passenger and freight service. She was launched in 1866 and wrecked in 1889. She was one of the first ocean-going steamships to provide regular service to the northwest coast of North America.

Not to be confused with the Oregon Steam Navigation Company steamship Idaho that ran on the Columbia River and Puget Sound, or the Guion Line steamship Idaho that wrecked in Ireland in 1878.

Idaho docked in Juneau, Alaska in 1887
United States
Name Idaho
Builder George F. and John Patten, shipbuilders
Cost $250,000
Launched August 11, 1866
Homeport San Francisco, California
Identification Signal letters H.K.G.Q.
Fate Wrecked near Race Rocks, British Columbia, November 29, 1889
General characteristics
Class and type Steamship
Tonnage 800 net tons
Tons burthen 1077 tons
Length 198 ft (60 m)
Beam 31 ft (9.4 m)
Depth 17 ft (5.2 m)
Installed power 350 horsepower
Propulsion Propeller
Sail plan Brigantine
Capacity 117 cabin passengers and 130 steerage passengers plus 900 tons of freight
Crew 42
Notes Official number 12045

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Idaho was built in Bath, Maine and launched on August 11, 1866.[1] She was a wooden ship, built of oak, yellow pine, and hackmatack. She was 198 feet (60 meters) long, with a beam of 31 feet (9.4 meters), and a draft of 17 feet (5.2 meters). She displaced 1,077 gross tons.[2] Her primary propulsion was provided by a coal-fired steam engine which had a single 44″ cylinder and a 3′ stroke. The engine turned a fifty-six foot-long shaft to drive a single propeller 12 1/2′ in diameter. She also had two masts and could sail. One report said she cost $250,000 to build.[3] She was built in the shipyard of George F. and John Patten, a partnership between two brothers.[4][5]

As originally constructed, her interior spaces included forty three-berth staterooms, a dining salon which could seat 100, a ladies’ cabin, and a gentlemen’s smoking room.[3] An 1880 refit gave slightly more space for cargo, reducing cabin capacity to 100 and steerage capacity to 125 people.[6]

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