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A Puget Sound Navigation Company Promotional View

Detailed antique bird's eye view of Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula, the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island, including the major cities of the region, such as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Olympia, and Victoria.

The present example is a very early version of the map, with 5 images of the Puget Sound Navation Company ships at the left and a table of distances from Seattle to the right of the image. The white lines in the water represent ferry routes.

The Puget Sound Navigation Company (PSNC) was founded by Charles E. Peabody in 1898. It operated a fleet of steamboats and ferries on Puget Sound in Washington and the Georgia Strait in British Columbia. Known colloquially as the Black Ball Line, the PSNC achieved a "virtual monopoly" on cross-sound traffic in the 1930s and competed with the Canadian Pacific Railway's steamships on several routes.