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KIKET
Pictured as: the Elmore (Dee & Sara Meek) Photo by: Kyle Stubbs

Built in 1890 by Elmore Fish Canning of Astoria, Oregon as the steam-powered passenger and freight steamer R.P. Elmore for Elmore and Sanborn Fisheries of Astoria, Oregon.

The vessel was later acquired by the Towle-Thurston Towing Company of Everett, Washington. Where she retained her name. Under their ownership, the vessel travelled to Alaska in 1898, hauling passengers and cargo north as a part of the Yukon gold rush.

In 1901, the Towle-Thurston Towing Company was acquired by the American Tug Boat Company of Everett, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1922, she burned to the waterline. The vessel was then rebuilt by the American Tug Boat Company as a combination fish carrier and tugboat and renamed as the Elmore. At this time, her original steam engine was replaced with a single Washington Iron Works, 3-cylinder diesel engine, producing 110 horsepower.

In 1967, the tug was acquired by Puget Sound Freight Lines Incorporated of Seattle, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Kiket.

In 1978, she was acquired by the Washington Tug and Barge Company of Seattle, Washington. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1979, the Washington Tug and Barge Company was acquired by the Knappton Towboat Company of Astoria, Oregon. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1982, the tug was removed from service and had her machinery stripped in preparation to be scuttled. At the last minute, the hull was acquired by Dave Updike of Seattle, Washington. Where she retained her name.

She was then acquired by Floyd Waite of Seattle, Washington. Who restored the tug as a private yacht, and renamed her as the Elmore.

In 1990, the tug was acquired by Dee and Sara Meek of Port Hadlock, Washington. Where she retained her name. In 1996, the tug was repowered with a 4-cylinder Atlas Imperial diesel, rated at 110 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: KIKET
  • USCG Doc. No.: 222674
  • Vessel Service: RECREATIONAL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Recreational
  • Call Sign: WBN3743
  • Hull Material: WOOD
  • Ship Builder: ELMORE FISH CANNING
  • Year Built: 1890
  • Length: 69.6
  • Hailing Port: SEATTLE, WA
  • Hull Depth: 8.6
  • Hull Breadth: 18.5
  • Gross Tonnage: 87
  • Net Tonnage: 59
  • Owner:
    DEE G MEEK
    3655 Oak Bay Rd
    Port Hadlock, WA 98339
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    R.P. Elmore, Elmore, Kiket
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Elmore and Sanborn Fisheries, Towle-Thurston Towing Company, American Tug Boat Company, Puget Sound Freight Lines Incorporated, Washington Tug and Barge Company, Knappton Towboat Company, Dave Updike, Floyd Waite