Post by Low Light Mike on Sept 19, 2006 20:11:36 GMT -8
You could also go to the Vernon museum, as they might have some books there for sale.....as well as other info. The "Okanagan Landing" area of Vernon is named "landing" for a reason....so there's likely a lot of lake-boat history in Vernon, as well as Kelowna & Penticton.
You've likely seen the Sicamous ship at the beach in Penticton....
The Tutshi operated on Tagish Lake in the southern Yukon and north western BC. A long journey east and south along this lake took the ship and its passengers to a narrow neck of land separating Tagish Lake from Atlin Lake. At that point a short portage railway was constructed allowing passengers to cross over to Atlin Lake where they transferred onto the SS Tarahne to complete the trip to Atlin, BC. See a photo of the Tarahne in one of the posts above.
Some say that this corner of BC is the most beautiful place in the whole province and I think that they just might be right.
Post by alaskanmohican on Apr 5, 2011 20:27:03 GMT -8
That is a nice photo of the Tutshi, I was able to tour her freight deck before she burned. I was still pretty young so I remember very little about her except that she got me interested in paddlewheelers.
Up thread is a picture of the Klondike II in Whitehorse,YT. Parks Canada does tours of her in the summer. They did an amazing job of not only restoring her to her 1937 appearance, when she was built, but also of recreating the time period with the furnishings and magazines and other trappings throughout the ship.
Here are some pictures from a tour (FYI long post),
An external shot, note the US flag flying from the bow, it was the 4th of July when the pic was taken. A friendly gesture among friends.
The Observation Lounge.
Pursers Office, also his cabin.
The Dining Saloon.
"The table's spread, come, let us dine, my friend"--from the steamers menu.
A typical 3 berth cabin on the Klondike, a single upper bunk and double lower bunk.
Looking forward on the port side passenger deck.
The ships wheel in the pilot house. The large ships wheel was typically not used for steering although it could be. The Klondike had hydrolic steering so the pilot would use the foot and a half long lever sticking out towards the camera in the middle of the picture. This was a more responsive way of steering the boat in the fast flowing Yukon River. The smaller steering wheel near the top was for a large search light located on the front of the superstructure. This wheel could be used to direct the light so that the steamer could navigate the river at night. The large light looks like a large white box with a yellow circle on the front. The yellow circle is a cover over the light when it is not in use.
The Pilot House.
Outside the Observation Lounge found forward on the passenger deck.
Finally, the lawn mower aka the paddlewheel of the Klondike.
By Greg Nesteroff - Nelson Star Published: May 05, 2011 3:00 PM Updated: May 05, 2011 4:02 PM
Bert Learmonth, a meticulous model builder who created astonishingly detailed replicas of Kootenay Lake sternwheelers and other lost forms of local transportation, has died at 85.
Combining his love of historic boats with his woodworking talents, he rebuilt the lake’s entire fleet in miniature, as well as scale versions of local ferries, buses, and streetcars.
The results were displayed at his home as well as in local museums, and in recent years complemented an exhibition of Alec Garner sternwheeler paintings at Touchstones Nelson.
“The level of detail and how real they look is incredible,” says retired Nelson archivist and museum curator Shawn Lamb. “Inside those sternwheelers was just as beautiful as outside.”
On one occasion, Learmonth photographed a patch of rug similar to one found in a lady’s salon aboard one of the boats, and pasted it on his model’s floor.
“And the staircases and bannisters and posts,” Lamb says. “Dishes on the table. Shelving with things in it. Flags. Everything meticulously researched and beautifully done. Just amazing.”
Learmonth worked from plans supplied by his friend Bill Curran, whose father ran the Nelson shipyard. If those were unavailable, he relied on photographs and his own knowledge.
“He had been on a lot of the boats himself and knew them well,” Lamb says. “He could judge whether it looked right.”
When another model builder created a replica SS Moyie, “Bert was very critical because he said it wasn’t right. He said you can’t just do it from a book. You have to have the right feel.”
In a 1998 interview, he recalled his fascination with the sternwheelers of his youth.
“The sound of the steam engines in the boats was one of a kind,” he said. “There was a little swish from the paddlewheel too. It’s special, something I’ll never forget.”
Learmonth was born at Willow Point in 1924, the eldest of three children of John and Alice Learmonth. His grandfather worked on the lake boats, while his father had a series of local bus lines, which he sold in 1929 to a company that later became Greyhound Canada.
(Unhappy with a book on Greyhound’s beginnings that gave this area short shrift, Bert wrote his own history of Kootenay bus transportation.)
Bert served in the navy during World War II, then worked as a heavy machinery contractor and carpenter before joining the local school district as a maintenance man and bus driver.
Woodwork was long his hobby — as a child he whittled boats out of bark — but it wasn’t until a few years before his retirement in 1987 that he built his first model using wood from a large weeping willow felled on his property. It had just the right combination of strength, weight, pliability, and texture. He supplemented it with all sorts of recycled and scavanged parts.
Over the ensuing years, Learmonth reproduced every major vessel on Kootenay Lake and also built models of his father’s bus fleet, a horse-drawn coal wagon, Nelson’s streetcars, and the Cottonwood Falls power plant, among others.
Although he received some commissions — including one of the SS Moyie that was presented to Nelson’s sister city of Shuzenji, Japan — the bulk of his prodigious output was done for no pay and was proudly exhibited in a private museum adjacent to his longtime Willow Point home.
“The guest book is just incredible,” his son Vic says. “I used to go to China a lot with the outfit I worked for, and lots of people from all over the world came here. There were tons of guys from China and Japan who were just fascinated with it.”
Some of the models had remote controlled motors, and Vic says his father enjoyed taking them down to the lake and sailing them.
Learmonth, who passed away Sunday, was also heavily involved with the Boy Scouts and played drums in the Nelson City Band.
In addition to Vic, he’s survived by Mary, his wife of over 60 years, who painted backdrops for his models, as well as children Bob and Suzanne, sisters Marge and Marion, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held tomorrow from 2 to 5 p.m. at 2652 Six Mile Lakes Road.
At that time the Moyie was sitting above high water on the beach. It was opened as a museum ship at that time (although not on the day I took this photo). The restoration of the Moyie had not yet started, as far as I know.
If I could go back in time I would lave to do a cruise around Kootenay Lake on this beautiful vessel.
Last Edit: Nov 10, 2011 13:30:07 GMT -8 by WettCoast
This vessel had two identical sisters - one each operating on the Arrow Lakes (SS Bonnington) & Kootenay Lake (SS Nasookin). For more information get hold of another of Robert Turner's excellent books: Sternwheelers and Steam Tugs - An Illustrated History of the CPR's BC Lake & River Service.
Seen at Nelson, just a few blocks east of the orange bridge. - a home that includes part of the superstructure of the Kootenay Lake steamer Nasookin.
That "houseboat" was featured on an episode of Wierd or Strange Homes. I am sure if you googled the name it might pop up on Youtube. If I remember correctly there is beautiful woodwork inside. It also might be on reruns on some of the more obscure cable channels.
If I can make it to the coast this fall I plan on "borrowing" the family slides. Somewhere in them I do believe there are a few shots from the Moyie in service from when my folks where living in the interior.
Post by Low Light Mike on Sept 3, 2012 12:50:08 GMT -8
On the grounds of the park that houses the SS Sicamous & SS Naramata in Penticton BC, there is also the stern-saloon of the old SS Okanagan. - seen July 18, 2012.
And what the whole ship looked like: - A Robert Turner illustration from page-140 of his book "Sternwheelers and Steam Tugs" (1984 - Sono Nis Press)
- This is a wonderful park of ship history, preserved for many years and hopefully for many more to come. I think I should put the Sicamous Society on my charity list; they do good work in preserving and presenting this history.
Post by Low Light Mike on Sept 3, 2012 13:36:57 GMT -8
SS Sicamous seen at Penticton's Okanagan Lake waterfront in the evening on July 18, 2012. - a wonderful ship, wonderfully preserved by a wonderful society (can you tell that I was impressed?) ;D ----------------
First off, here is a pair of Robert Turner illustrations of the ship in both her configurations. We're all used to the "shorter version" because that's all that most of us have seen in our lifetimes. But the short-version was only around for the final 2 years of her service-life, and those were sparsely used years. - The plan was to convert her to be primarily a fruit freight boat, and day trip steamer. So the Texas deck was shortened considerably, removing most of the cabins and removing that high-ceiling effect of her dining-room.
(from Robert Turner's book "The Sicamous & The Naramata: Steamboat Days in the Okanagan." 1995 - Sono Nis Press.)
A couple other items of note for her current configuration: - The deck, from top to bottom are: Wheelhouse, Texas deck, Saloon deck, freight deck, and presumably engine & mechanical stuff below that. - At the forward end, the Texas-deck has the Ladies saloon. Below that on the saloon-deck is the Men's smoking room. - Midships on the Saloon deck is the dining room with the ceiling skylights. - Aft on the Saloon deck is the Ladies observation room.
The original Texas deck, from the original configuration, was completely removed in the 1935 renovation.
Also, you'll notice what looks like radio-wire or guy-wires and various stick-masts on the roof of the Texas Deck and Saloon Deck. - From page-56 of Robert Turner's "The Sicamous & The Naramata" book, it says about this concerning the 1935 renovation that "...The tall hog-posts, which helped strengthen the hull, had to be lowered, the hog-chains modified."
My views of the exterior:
Pardon the poor pano-stitch, but this is the best full side view that I could get.
Partial view from the east side
Views of the stern-wheel:
Views from the breakwater point (or whatever the purpose of the crushed-rock point is)
- With the steam tug Naramata visible on the right side (I'll have a post about her, in a few days)