Herbert R. Kingman

Brother of Morrison M. Kingman

May 22, 1896

The steamer Stehekin brought down a large raft of logs for Kingman and Sullins’ sawmill at Lakeside on Saturday evening.

September 17, 1897

H.R. Kingman will next begin the building of a capacious steamer to meet the increased of Lake Chelan traffic.

October 15, 1897

H.R. Kingman’s new steamboat is beginning to show up well on the stocks.

October 22, 1897

H.R. Kingman’s master shipwright was unexpectedly called to Seattle last week, which leaves George Cottrell to complete the building of a new steamer – George being equal to the occasion.

October 29, 1897

Kingman and Sullins sent a logging crew up to Maj John Horton’s ranch at Stehekin on Monday’s boat to take out a raft.

November 5, 1897

Herbert Kingman’s new boat can now be seen to advantage, the planking being now completed and the deck nearly on. She is a beautiful model, with admirable lines, and is being built in a substantial and through manner. Herbert is one of the progressive and enterprising ones, and whatsoever he puts his hand to he does it will all his might.

November 12, 1897

During a call at Lakeside on Friday of last week, the scribe took a look over the hull of the new steamer being built by Herbert Kingman. It is a beauty and no mistake – one of the best we ever saw – and it is being built strong enough to cross the ocean with safety. The boat is 64 feet long and 15 broad, outside measurement. The cabins will be situated aft and the boiler and machinery, which is that of the old propellor Belle, now dismantled, will all be below the water line, thus insuring against top heaviness. George Cottrell is Mr. Kingman’s efficient superintendent of construction, and it is expected that the new boat will be ready to launch in about six weeks. We are glad to note the prosperity indicated in the demand for more lake transportation and hope the new venture will command its share of the increasing business.

November 12, 1897

Capt. Jacobson is busy caulking the new steamboat at Kingman’s yard.

December 17, 1897

John Carlisle has finished painting the hull of H.R. Kingman’s new steamboat and it will probably be launched within the next few days.

December 17, 1897

(Part of a long article entitled “Lively Lakeside”)

“…Kingman’s new and handsome steamer is ready to launch whenever they get ready to. Capt. A.J. Dexter began the erection on Monday of a new catamaran to take the place of the Dragon, and Messers Kingman and Sullins have sent two big sleds to Stehekin this week to be used in getting out logs for the largely increased spring demand.”

December 31, 1897

Herbert Kingman has his new steamer almost ready for launching and only awaits a favorable date to let her slide gracefully into the lake.

January 14, 1898

It is understood the Swan, Mr. Herbert Kingman’s new steamer, has secured the mail contract uplake, three times per week, winter and summer, at $1,172 per annum.

January 14, 1898

Herbert Kingman’s elegant new steamboat took water gracefully on the 30th ult., under the appropriate name of “the Swan.” She is now lying alongside the old mill, where she is receiving her machinery and being generally fitted out, and will soon be ready to play her vocation.

January 21, 1898

Merritt Field of Stehekin has a large contract to get out logs for the Kingman and Sullins sawmill at Lakeside this winter.

February 25, 1898

Maj. J.W. Horton has bought Kingman and Sullins’s shingle mill, and will move it a few miles up the Stehekin River, where there is plenty of cedar convenient, waiting to be converted into shingles. The machine will be run by water power.

February 11, 1898

H.R. Kingman has sold to M.M. Kingman a one-half interest in the new mail steamboat – the Swan, and leased him the remaining share for four years, Morrison to act as captain and pilot during that term. John Carlyle will be chief engineer. We congratulate Morrison on again identifying himself with the trade of Lakeside, and wish him every success in his new venture.

March 4, 1898

It is expected that the new and elegant steamer Swan, Messers Kingman and Kingman proprietors, will make its trial trip up the lake March 15th.

Aug 1, 1901

The steamer Swan went up the lake Saturday afternoon with Messrs. Herbert Kingman, A.L. Sullins, Wm. Ridenour and M.M. Foote and their respective families for a ten days’ outing.

August 8, 1901

While the Swan, with a party of local excursionists on board, was lying at the dock at Moore’s Point, several days ago, Mrs. Ridenour’s baby fell into the lake between the boat and the dock. Fortunately, H.R. Kingman managed to catch the little tot as it came to the surface and pulled it aboard, with no more serious consequences than a ducking.

November 28, 1901

Business Directory (only a small part included)

Lake Steamers

Steamer Stehekin, carrying U.S. Mail; Capt. R.J. Watkins, Master; owned by Watkins and Smith

Steamer Swan, owned by Kingman and Sullins, leased by Capt. Watkins

Steamer Dexter, catamaran, owned by Capt. A.J. Dexter

Steamer Rustler, formerly the Omaha, owned by Capt. T.R. Gibson

There are also several smaller craft.

June 22, 1906

Makes a Successful Trip

Mayor Edmunds New Mail Boat “Tourist”

Record Time Is Made

The New Boat is One of the Fastest on the Lake – Trip Made without a Single Mishap.

On Saturday of last week the new steamer “Tourist” made a trial trip to Stehekin and returned, and it was an altogether successful and satisfactory trial. With a party of invited guests aboard, the little steamer pulled away from the Chelan dock at a little after 7 o’clock Saturday morning. Not a hitch nor an accident of any kind occurred throughout the entire trip to mar its pleasure and success. Two stops were made on the way up, one at Moore’s Point and one for wood, and Stehekin was reached about noon. Here a stop of about three hours was made. A few of the party visited Rainbow Falls, while the others enjoyed the pleasant and generous hospitality of Hon. M.E. Field.

The return trip from Stehekin to Lakeside was made in very close to lake record time. The full time required for this run was 4 ½ hours, but two landings were made and about 10 or 15 minutes lost, so that the actual running time was four hours and 15 or 20 minutes.

The wood used for fuel was of an inferior quality and an average of but 140 lbs. of steam was carried. With good fuel and the engines properly limbered up, the boat will be able to make the trip in several minutes less time and do it economically.

Those of the party aboard were: Mrs. S.M. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Ward and two children, D.J. Switzer, Will Switzer, Howard Campbell, H.R. Kingman, Mayor Edmunds, Blaine Shepherd, Howard Van Slyke, and a representative of the Leader. Captain Roy Smith as at the helm.

A member of the party who knows the whole history of steam boating on Lake Chelan is authority for the statement that the Tourist is the first steamboat ever launched in these waters which, at first trial, succeeded in making a complete round trip to Stehekin with perfect success.

The boat is a dandy and no mistake, and, considering the service it is intended for, is the best that can be made.