Post by Retrovision on Oct 12, 2007 22:10:27 GMT -8
Neil, thanks for the recent posts of the historical photographs.
I seem to recall you saying that you really like the Princess Victoria. Is she your all-time favourite ship?
I'm still reading throught R.Turner's "Pacific Princesses" book, so I don't know the full story on P-Victoria yet. Did she have some sort of mid-life renovation?
I know that she's my all-time favorite ship despite being born just under 3 decades after she sank, and I'm guessing that she is the same to many others too considering the unprecedented elegance, etc., that she offered in her time, let alone being the template of sorts for most Princesses that followed.
On page 125 of Robert D. Turner's other and more recent famous CPR BCCSS book "Those Beautiful Coastal Liners" (2001, Sono Nis Press), which is more about the spectacular imagery in the photography of the fleet over the years, a great photograph in colour can be found of the Princess Victoria after her conversion to a car carrier. The caption reads:
The Princesses in Transition The Depression and the Second World War extended the lives of several of the aging Princesses but tby the late 1940s, there was little that could be done, within reasonable exonomic expectations, to keep them running. The lovely Princess Charlotte, captured at left in a rare Kodachrome at Victoria, was relieved by the new Princess Patritia in 1949. She arrived at Victoria for the last time on June 14 of that year. The Princess Vic, for so long the heart of the Coast Service, continued to complete 47 years of service. These wonderful photos are a lasting reminder of these two fine old steamships.
And, according to the definitive "The Pacific Princesses" on Page 234 in Apendix I - Ships of the Princess Fleet, it notes the following significant dates for the Princess Victoria...
Year Built 1902
Years of CPR Service; Disposition 1903-1952 1929 rebuilt as auto ferry 1952 Tahsis & Co. (barge) 1953 Sank
Mr Horn- I think the Princess Victoria was the Princess. Grand, classic lines that were somewhat diminished but not ruined by her rebuilding into a car ferry in the late '20s.
WCK- The photo of the outbound Prince George is interesting, as there are passengers on board, and I was wondering if the ship ever actually completed a revenue run for her new owners. I seem to recall news stories of her being forced back by engine problems on her very first run, but perhaps I'm mistaken.
:)eg's vintage postcard of Princess Victoria off Helen point at the west entrence to Active Pass is a very clumsy dropin of the immage and todays electronic cut and paste is much more beleivable than this early clumsy effort! that being said, these posts are neat and thank-you to egfleet! :)mrdot.
This was used several years ago as a 'Forum Flagship', back when this forum was known as the 'Ferries of BC Discussion Forum'.
This photo is from the Notman Archives at the McCord Museum, Montreal. The photographer was William McFarlane Notman, the son of William Notman. For more on the Notman's, Google your way to the Notman Archives at the McCord Museum. I would also recommend a rather large coffee table book from Canada's 1967 Centennial year, entitled Portrait of a Period: A Collection of Notman Photographs 1856 - 1915. That book is worth its weight in gold.
Postcard note, from above, "Dear Willie/ Does this look better to you than the Venture/ How would you like to cross the sound in her, eh/ Aunt May" (I spend a lot of time peering at old parish records and 19th century census entries).
I love that night shot of the 'Victoria: makes her look like such a grand liner. Very nice artwork.