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Hyak (sternwheeler)

Waterfront at Golden, British Columbia. Smaller steamer on left may be Hyak. Large steamer on right is probably Duchess
United States
NameHyak (CAN #100687[1])
OwnerUpper Columbia Navig. & Tramway Co.; Columbia River Lumber Co.
OperatorFrank P. Armstrong
Port of registryGolden, BC
RouteInland British Columbia on the Columbia River in the Columbia Valley
Launched1892 at Golden, BC
FateRemoved from service, 1906
General characteristics
TypeInland passenger/freighter
Tonnage39 gross tons; 24.6 registered tons
Length81 ft (25 m)
Beam11.2 ft (3 m)
Depth3.9 ft (1 m) depth of hold
Installed powertwin steam engines, horizontally mounted, 6" bore by 24" stroke, 2.4 nominal horsepower, manufactured 1892 Jencks Machine Co., Sherbrooke, Que.

Hyak was a sternwheel steamboat that operated in British Columbia on the Columbia River from 1892 to 1906. Hyak should not be confused with the Puget Sound propeller-driven steamboat also named Hyak. The name means "swift" or "fast" in the Chinook Jargon.

Design and construction

Hyak was built at Golden, BC in 1892 for the Upper Columbia Navig. & Tramway Co., of which Capt. Frank P. Armstrong was the principal owner and manager.[1][2]


Hyak was operated on the upper Columbia route from Golden to Windermere Lake. In 1903 Hyak was sold to the Columbia River Lumber Company, which hired Armstrong to manage its steamboat operations.[1][3]


Hyak was removed from service in 1906.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Affleck, Edward L., A Century of Paddlewheelers in the Pacific Northwest, the Yukon, and Alaska, at 53, Alexander Nicholls Press, Vancouver, BC 2000 ISBN 0-920034-08-X
  2. ^ Downs, Art, Paddlewheels on the Frontier -- The Story of British Columbia and Yukon Sternwheel Steamers, at 101-112, Superior Publishing, Seattle WA 1972
  3. ^ McCurdy, H.W., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, at 5, 88-89, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA 1966

Further reading

  • Faber, Jim, Steamer's Wake -- Voyaging down the old marine highways of Puget Sound, British Columbia, and the Columbia River, Enetai Press, Seattle, WA 1985 ISBN 0-9615811-0-7
  • Timmen, Fritz, Blow for the Landing, Caxton Printers, Caldwell, ID 1972 ISBN 0-87004-221-1

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