1953.9 | Group of Shriners Aboard the May Queen at Evandale, New Brunswick

Group of Shriners Aboard the May Queen at Evandale, New Brunswick
Isaac Erb & Son (1897-1938)
About 1900, 20th century
20 x 25.5 cm
Gift of Mrs. J.F. Weston, 1953
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Travelling salesmen would board the river steamers with their samples, while businessmen found the night boat from Saint John to Fredericton convenient for the next day's meetings. But it was not all work. There were picnic excursions and moonlight cruises, very good food and well-stocked bars. It was a way of life, a gentle form of travel. At least it was for the passengers.

Built in 1869, the steamer May Queen was placed on the run from Indiantown to Chipman, located on the upper reaches of Grand Lake. In 1877, the steamer changed routes, becoming the overnight boat between Indiantown and Fredericton, only to return to Grand Lake a few years later. The May Queen served on the St. John River system for 49 years, a record of durability.

Source : Window on the World: The Rivers of New Brunswick [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    The fare to Chipman was $1.25, while breakfast cost 25 cents and dinner or supper 40 cents.

  • Where

    Indiantown is located at the north end of Saint John, above the Reversing Falls.

  • When

    The May Queen traveled the 200-kilometre distance between Indiantown and Chipman in just under 11 hours.

  • Who

    The boat's crew consisted of a captain, mate, purser, engineer, two firemen, four deck hands, a steward and stewardess, a cook and a kitchen boy.