Guide to the Collection on the Tregoning Boat Company

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Collection on the Tregoning Boat Company
Dates: 1900-2010 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.42 cubic feet)
Location of Collection: 3a.4.7
Collection Number: 2010.17
Summary: Photographs, papers, and magazines pertaining to the Tregoning Boat Company
Repository: Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Contact Information: Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

The Tregoning Boat Company was originally established as the Proctor Boat Company in approximately 1900 by George R. Proctor. In 1904, Proctor sold the company to his brother-in-law Frank Tregoning, who renamed it the Frank Tregoning Boat Company. The company primarily built steel-hulled boats, but also designed and built yachts to order, including the Sans Souci II for D. G. Schmitz, which was later commissioned to serve in World War I. In 1907, the newly renamed Tregoning Boat Company moved from its original location on Elliott Avenue to a location on Seaview Avenue in Ballard. Tregoning’s best-selling boats were lifeboats which were used around the area and on all the Puget Sound ferries. In 1918, the Tregoning Sawmill opened in Ballard Beach, and in 1920, the Tregoning Sash and Door factory opened as well. The factory manufactured the windows and doors for the Olympic Hotel in Seattle and closed in 1926 after a large fire. Jim Tregoning, Frank’s son, took over the ownership of the company in 1936. Under him, Tregoning became the largest West Coast manufacturer of metal lifeboats during World War II. In 1946, the yard was destroyed by arson, including the building containing the wooden boat shop, a truck, a new 26’ boat, and other boats. Tregoning Boat Company became Tregoning Industries in 1945, and designed a new seine fishing boat with a mast design that soon became the industry standard. In 1952, Jim Tregoning began working in management at the Seattle Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corporation.

Content Description

The collection includes 48 photographs (mostly modern copy prints and photocopies) of both the Tregoning family and boats built by the Tregoning Boat Company; one typed history of the Tregoning Boat Company and the Tregoning family; five articles pertaining to the Tregoning Boat Company; three Tregoning advertisements; two diagrams of Tregoning boats; an informational brochure on the Puget Sound ferry system; a collection of research materials (including computer printouts) pertaining to the company; and three boating magazines from 1928-1936.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Restrictions on Use :  

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation :  

Collection on the Tregoning Boat Company, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Frank J. Tregoning; received in April 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Photographs and reproductions

The photographs are comprised largely of modern copy prints, and also photocopies and a few vintage prints. All items listed below are modern copy prints unless otherwise noted.

1 1: James Tregoning
Written on verso: Owner: Tregoning Boat Company 1936-1946, 1910-1973 (Jim) James Jonathan Tregoning
circa 1930
1 2: James Tregoning circa 1930
1 3: Bill Tregoning undated
1 4: Family near bus, possibly James Tregoning family circa 1930
1 5: Frank Tregoning (1882-1937) undated
1 6: William Tregoning and Frank Tregoning
Photocopy of 3 snapshots on page.
circa 1910
1 7: Anna Mary Tregoning
Sister of William and James Tregoning
2 8: George Proctor and Frank Tregoning at N&S landing at Smith’s Cove
Vintage print
2 9: Proctor Boat Co. yard
Vintage print
circa 1903
2 10: Tregoning Boat Co. yard
circa 1914-1918
2 11: Tregoning Boat Co. and Tregoning Manufacturing Co. yard
circa 1920
2 12: Tregoning Boat Co. yard circa 1941-1945
2 13: Jim Tregoning and man at boat yard, Friday Harbor, Washington
Accompanying note: “1959 fire, one building lost and boat that was in service was damaged”
Vintage print
2 14: Tregoning Boat Co. yard undated
3 15: Tregoning life boat undated
3 16-17: Men testing a Tregoning life boat Verso: “Note: hand power drive, no oars”
Written on verso: Note: hand power drive, no oars
circa 1940
3 18: Ship MV Garland with Tregoning life boats undated
3 19: Ship W. T. Preston with Tregoning life boats on display at Anacortes Museum
Color photograph
3 20-24: Ship W. T. Preston with Tregoning life boat at Anacortes Museum
Color photograph
3 24: Truck hauling Tregoning life boats undated
4 25-26: Sailing ship ‘Coral’ built by William Tregoning Boats, Bellingham, Washington
Vintage print
circa 1940s
4 27-28: Ships Castor and Polaris, built for Hoover Dam undated
4 29: Two men in Tregoning steel outboard boat
Vintage print
circa 1930s
4 30: Power boat undated
4 31: Shilshole Bay, 30’ work boat circa 1945
4 32: Tregoning Boat Company 14’ tender boat undated
4 33: Tregoning Boat Company 24’ steel whale boat undated
4 34: Tregoning Boat Company 16’ steel outboard
2 modern copy prints on 1 sheet
4 35: Truck hauling the St. Thomas to the Hoover Dam 1930
4 36: Anna Mary Tregoning on the St. Thomas at the Hoover Dam; men on ship (Watchman?)
2 modern copy prints on 1 sheet
4 37: Sans Souci II
4 38: M. S. New Deal
Caption on photo: Tregoning & Carlson Shipbuilders, Wilmington, Calif
4 39: Philadelphia, naval ship served by the Sans Souci II in World War I
circa 1892
5 40: James Tregoning and unknown men with airplane
On verso: Tregoning Boat Company airplane repair
5 41-47: 12 foot dory at the Center for Wooden Boats, built by Tregoning Boat Co. for J.G. McCurdy
Modern color photographs
circa 2010
5 48: Model lifeboat in museum
Laser print on paper
circa 2010

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Assorted papers relating to company
6 49: Tregoning Boat Company typed history with illustrations, by Frank Tregoning
63 pages
7 50-57: Clippings relating to Tregoning Boat Company
8 58-60: Tregoning Boat Company advertisements
9 61: Assembly diagram for Tregoning Ready-to-Build skiff
9 62: Diagram of Tregoning cruiser
10 63: Drawing of the M. V. Vashon, which held Tregoning life boats
10 64: “Puget Sound and it’s Ferries,” fold-out map of Puget Sound ferry routes circa 1959
11 65: Letter from Lizah Proctor Webb to Anna Mary Tregoning re: history of Tregoning/Proctor boat yard
12 66-74: Research materials relating to Tregoning Boat Company circa 2010
13 75: Issue of Motor Boating 1921 June
13 76: Issue of Motor Boating 1928 June
13 77: Issue of Pacific Motor Boat 1936 February

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Subject Terms :
  • Boat & ship companies--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Boat & ship industry--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographs

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