C.P.R. S.S. Princess Victoria, Victoria Harbour, BC
Souvenir PostCard. The Valentine & Sons’ Publishing Co., Ltd. Montreal and Toronto. Printed in Great Britain.
Steamship Princess Victoria was a luxury passenger ship built in 1902 by the shipyards of C.S. Swan and Hunter Company in Wailsend, Newcastle, England and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Christened on November 18, 1902, she arrived in Victoria, British Columbia on March 28, 1903. While the ship burned coal when it was built, Princess Victoria was converted to oil power in 1912. During her time in Victoria, Princess Victoria ran routes between Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle, Washington.
Princess Victoria was involved in a major accident on August 26, 1914, when she rammed and sank the SS Admiral Sampson in Puget Sound during heavy fog. Laid up in 1950, Princess Victoria was sold to Tahsis & Company of Vancouver in November 1951 and converted into a bulk oil carrier named Tahsis No. 3. Shortly after the conversion, the ship struck a rock on March 10, 1953 and sank in Welcome Pass, a narrow passageway north of Vancouver, BC.
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