This Sterling spoon measures 5 & 5/8" long and is in excellent condition. The bowl has a beautiful rendering of The S.S. Minnesota leaving Seattle's Port". Packed to Survive the trip 1st Class US Postal Service Insured shipping to a US mailing address will cost $4.50
S.S. Minnesota sails for Asia with largest cargo to cross the Pacific on January 22, 1905.
On January 22, 1905, the steamship Minnesota sails for Asia with 300 passengers and the largest cargo ever yet to cross the Pacific Ocean. Shipments range from "a paper of pins to a hogshead of tobacco to a bale of cotton to the heaviest architectural steel as well as engines and railroad cars" (Seattle P-I). The Minnesota and her sister ship the Dakota are owned by the Great Northern Steamship Company. The ship will call at Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki, Shanghai, Manila, and Hong Kong.
The Minnesota sailed from the Great Northern's Smith Cove dock with 28,000 tons. The ship was the largest passenger ship operating in the Pacific at the time. It was 622 feet long and 73.5 feet across the beam, and had 11 decks. The Minnesota was launched in 1903 in Groton, Connecticut, and sailed the Pacific until 1917, when she was sold to the British government for service in World War I.