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Ships - Miscellaneous

#2453

Date: 1899
Source: Joan Lougheed, donor
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Information: Written on the back of the original photograph was, "Deck on S.S. Alpha en route to Dawson Alaska." No. 340, S.S. "Alpha" was an iron screw steamer built in 1863 by Barclay Curle of Glasgow for the Cunard Line's Halifax - West Indies service. She was purchased by Pickford and Black of Halifax and continued in the West Indies trade until sent to Vancouver in 1898 to participate in the lucrative gold rush shipping boom. This Canadian steamer reimbursed her owners several times over for her purchase price in Alaska trade between 1898-1900. The U.S. authorities barred her from Alaska trade. She was dispatched to Japan with a load of salted fish in the hopes of selling her there. But she was considered unseaworthy and her owners had difficulty shipping or keeping a crew for the trans-Pacific voyage. The crew deserted at Victoria and had to be replaced. The steamer was dispatched on December 16,1900. She encountered heavy weather in the Strait of Georgia, refused to obey her helm while in the "Inside Passage" to Union Bay coaling station and piled up on the rocks below the lighthouse on Yellow Island off the Vancouver Island coast. Despite rescue efforts she went down with her captain, her ship's manager, and seven other crew members.

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Shipbuilding - Miscellaneous

#2454

Date: 1899
Source: Joan Lougheed, donor
Photographer: Jones, P. (Esquimalt, B.C.)

Information: No. 340, S.S. "Alpha" was an iron screw steamer built in 1863 by Barclay Curle of Glasgow for the Cunard Line's Halifax - West Indies service. She was purchased by Pickford and Black of Halifax and continued in the West Indies trade until sent to Vancouver in 1898 to participate in the lucrative gold rush shipping boom. This Canadian steamer reimbursed her owners several times over for her purchase price in Alaska trade between 1898-1900. The U.S. authorities barred her from Alaska trade. She was dispatched to Japan with a load of salted fish in the hopes of selling her there. But she was considered unseaworthy and her owners had difficulty shipping or keeping a crew for the trans-Pacific voyage. The crew deserted at Victoria and had to be replaced. The steamer was dispatched on December 16,1900. She encountered heavy weather in the Strait of Georgia, refused to obey her helm while in the "Inside Passage" to Union Bay coaling station and piled up on the rocks below the lighthouse on Yellow Island off the Vancouver Island coast. Despite rescue efforts she went down with her captain, her ship's manager, and seven other crew members.

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Ships - Sailing

#1930

Date: c. 1907
Source: Joe Plaskett, donor
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Information: This photograph could have been taken anytime between 1900 - 1915. The "Alta" was a steel four-masted barkentine. It was 1385 tons and was built in Port Glasgow in 1900 for operation by a San Francisco owner under the Chilean flag. It was brought under U.S. registry in 1915. On Feb. 20, 1915, she went missing with all hands, after leaving San Pedro for Bellingham.

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Ships - Miscellaneous

#789

Date: [N.D.] c. 1910
Source: Venables, donor
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Information: N/A

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Shipbuilding - Star Shipyard

#908

Date: [N.D.] c. 1915
Source: NWM
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Information: The tug "Clive" in for repairs. This picture is in Hellen C. Pullem's , "Queensborough: Part I", p. 249, captioned "Part of Star Shipyards, c. 1915, with Edward Mercer in centre forefront with long white sleeves." The following information is from Gordon Mercer: On deck are - Joe Holland (later Captain); "Shorty McLoughlin; ____ Standing on cradle is - Saul Butter, John Mugford. On staging area are - Jacob Earle, William Mercer - partners of Star Shipyard Co., ____, Peter Smith, one of the founders of Westminster Tug Boat Co. This tug pumped sand from the River to scows for Gilley Bros. Of New Westminster.

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