VIEW-3645 | S.S. "Princess Victoria", Vancouver, BC, 1904

 
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S.S. "Princess Victoria", Vancouver, BC, 1904
Wm. Notman & Son
1904, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-3645
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  boat (1192) , Photograph (77678) , steamer (448) , Transportation (2517)
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The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) reached British Columbia in 1886. In order to profit from its investment in the transcontinental railway, the CPR had to find ways to stimulate the economy of the region. One strategy was to develop maritime transportation along the Pacific coast, and in 1901 the CPR became the owner of the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company and, in turn, of the steamship the Princess Victoria, the flagship in a fleet of 32 luxurious Princess-line steamships. These vessels sailed the "Triangle Route" between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. Some also sailed north along the coast of British Columbia to Alaska. The Princess-line steamships remained in service for 75 years on the Pacific coast.