Ship owners were heavy promoters of the gold rush-they "cleaned up" even when the miners did not. The Pacific Clipper Line of Seattle bragged that it was "the only company in the trade that owns and operates a wharf in Seattle, ocean steamships going direct to Cape Nome, and tugs, lighters, etc., at Nome. It takes your freight at Seattle and delivers it above high water mark at destination."
Accommodations were reasonable. A first class ticket from Seattle to Nome cost $100; a second class ticket cost $75.00. Ticket prices included a berth and meals but second class passengers had to supply their own blankets. Each passenger was allowed 150 pounds of baggage at no cost.
[Seattle to the Nome Gold Coast. Seattle, 1900.]