Betty Earles on Lake Crescent, Washington, circa 1915
|Owner:||Sol Duc Hot Springs Co. and others|
|Identification:||US registry # 217896|
|Tonnage:||28 gross; 23 regist.|
|Length:||59.5 ft (18.14 m)|
|Beam:||15.6 ft (4.75 m)|
|Depth:||5.3 ft (1.62 m)|
|Installed power:||as built: gasoline engine, 80 hp (60 kW)|
In 1913, Michael Earles, owner of the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, built on Lake Crescent the gasoline-launch Betty Earles (named after his daughter) to take guests bound for his lodge from the head of the lake to Fairholm, at the western end, where they would disembark and ride motor buses up to his resort. The boat was large for the lake, 65 ft (19.81 m) long, 15.6 ft (4.75 m) on the beam, with an 80 horsepower (60 kW) heavy-duty Frisco Standard engine.
Michael Earles’ Sol Duc lodge burned down around 1918, and he moved Betty Earles off Lake Crescent to serve on Puget Sound under the command of Captain O. G. Olson. Later, in 1924, Betty Earles was sold to Tacoma Tug & Barge Co. Betty Earles was still in service as a tug as late as 1958, still under the old name
- Newell, ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, at page 223, Superior Publishing, Seattle, WA 1966, reprinting, at page 223, a small scale plan of the Betty Earles, and also pages 355 and 626.
- Newell, Ships of the Inland Sea, at 231.
- Newell, Gordon R., ed., H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, Superior Publishing (1966)
- Newell, Gordon R., Ships of the Inland Sea -- The Story of the Puget Sound Steamboats, Binford & Mort (2d Ed. 1960)
- Department of Commerce, Bureau of Navigation, Seagoing Vessels of the United States (1920).