Gulf Stream sinking display, at Powell River Museum - this steamer grounded on Dinner Rock and sank, in October 1947.
re the Gulf Stream, forum member "Bert" has some family history that he shared with me in a message (and he's given me permission to post that here):
My father, Kelly Bernard Manning, was a teen age steward on the Gulf Stream when it ran into Dinner Rock, just minutes after Roy Ketchum started his watch.
My father was not a large man, even fully grown, but he managed to get one large, elderly, passenger who had been kind to him out of her cabin and safely onto Dinner Rock.
The sound of other passengers trapped and drowning in their double locked cabins is a burden my father carried until his death in 2011. He used to tell us again and again to never double lock our doors if we were in a cabin on a ship, because single locked cabin doors might pop open in a collision, rather than jamming in their frames as steel twisted from the force of an impact.
My uncle Bill described my father as looking like a drowned rat when he picked him up at the dock in Vancouver. Nowadays we would call his mental condition post traumatic stress.
At my father's memorial in 2011/Oct his brother Wade spoke of the last time Roy Ketchum's name came up, and spoke again of my father's often repeated, consistent, description of Ketchum's unfitness to be on the bridge of the Gulf Stream at that time.
My father's never varying description of Roy Ketchum on that night, repeated to his family and others, over decades, is consistent with the historical fact that both Ketchum and the Captain had their tickets pulled, at least for a time.
More than 6 decades later, with modern digital radar and computer integrated GPS navigation and steering systems ferry passengers still can't trust bridge officers not to let ferries run into well known, charted, BC Coastal obstacles such as Mt. Gil or Dinner Rock.
it seems that no amount of technology can save a ferry from "human error" on the bridge.
That has implications for claims that tankers will be safe, by using the most modern technology. We can't undo past mistakes, but we can learn from them.
This black and white “Howe Sound Cruise” video from about 1940 shows what I believe are the following ships, in order of appearance: tinyurl.com/y7gaea42
Lady Alexandra Capilano Princess Kathleen or Marguerite Lady Pam North Vancouver Ferry No. 4 Unknown distant passenger vessel Lady Pam West Vancouver No. 6 Prince Rupert Various tugs Comox ferry at log boom (Bowen Island–Whytecliff ferry 1939-41) Sannie IV Frolic 1
When the steamer approaches the dock at Snug Cove, it first passes the Comox float, but the Comox is moored at a log boom – possibly it had to be moved whenever the steamer arrived.
I wonder if anyone knows where in Howe Sound the Frolic 1 is coming from – there is a long pier in the background.