Sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert Pauses along the Columbia - c. 1915


Sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert Pauses along the Columbia

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The Bailey Gatzert was one of the most famous steamboats to run on the Columbia, both because of her longevity and the number of passengers who traveled on her. Named after Seattle's first Jewish mayor, the Bailey was launched in 1890, originally for the Seattle to Tacoma and Olympia route. In 1892 she was moved to the Columbia, where she was very popular during the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition, so much so that she inspired a musical piece, The Bailey Gatzert March. Because of her large wake, she was known by some rival rivermen as the "Daily Bastard". Rebuilt in 1907, she was converted to an automobile ferry in 1920, and was the first car ferry for the Seattle - Bremerton route. Taken out of service in 1926, she was honored 70 years later by having her picture on a U. S. postage stamp. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0379
Photographer Unknown
Location Columbia River
Subject No
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Postcard
Size of Original 3.4 x 5.4 inches
Photographer's Number Number 571