A blast of nostalgia aboard the Princess Elaine from Vancouver to Nanaimo in the 1950s.
Nice! Thanks for that. Takes you way back in time. Enjoyed the whole thing:) Amazing how things have changed in 60 years... the cars, ferries, buildings, playground equipment.... camping is almost the same (except for the free firewood! And the easier-to-put-up tents ). And think about how much more difficult it would have been to produce that footage, compared to today!
I would like to point out a few things in this film involving the segment taking place on the Princess Elaine.
The first large ship she passes is the Princess of Nanaimo.
The second large ship she passes is either the Princess Joan or Elizabeth, that worked mostly as the Vancouver-Victoria night-boats, but, also they a did round trip a day on Vancouver-Nanaimo route every other day during the summer months.
By what I see as she approaches Nanaimo, is that the berth for the Princess of Vancouver and the other rail barges is completed, meaning that the film was likely made in the summer 1955, 56, 57, or 58, (Note: 1959 is out of the running since both the Joan and Elizabeth where removed from service earlier that year.)
:)evergreen fleet's new day room features a veritable feast for the eyes, and I particularlly refer to the Kaloke illustrations! this early 1950's rebuild was a real gem created out of a marine oldtimer, and was a day when we did good shipbuilding in BC. :)mrdot.
Okay, so this link is into the Chung Collection of UBC. On Page 80-81 of Maggie and Pat's propulsion system, they have the particulars of the 1958 Princess Fleet. In the Engines group, it lists Elaine's engines as having 7,000 horsepower for her (by 1928, Old-Fashioned) Triple-Screw Turbine layout (much like the 1st Patrica, and other Clyde Steamers, like the TS Queen Mary.). Practically every other resource, lists Elaine's horsepower, as 4,000 HP. Where does this discrepancy come from, and who's accurate? Canadian Pacific, or the Historians?