Campbell first started the Spring Street Water Taxi in 1949 and then added the first narrated Seattle Harbor Tour in 1962 -- today known as Argosy Cruises, the company wrote in a Facebook post announcing Campbell's passing.
Campbell is credited with creating the one-hour tour that took sightseers on a circle tour around the docks and across Elliott Bay. As the company grew, more boats were added, led by the Spirit of Seattle which has become the annual Christmas ship.
The company says Campbell "was a storyteller and devoted friend who was known for his crushing hand shakes and pats on the back." They added Campbell never took life for granted.
"His life is one for the history books and he had an enormous and lasting impact on countless people over the years," the company wrote.
Campbell will be buried next week in North Carolina and a memorial service will be held in Seattle in March.