oil on metal, unsigned

Provenance: Private Collection, Southern Alberta

S.S. Princess Victoria was one of the early fleet of Canadian Pacific Railway luxury passenger steamships that connected the railroad line from Vancouver with Victoria and Seattle. Built by CS Swan & Hunter, Wallsend, Newcastle on Tyne, England, she was 300 feet long, with a beam of 40.5 feet, 1,943 gross tons, twin screws, two-pole masts and three smokestack funnels. Her double bottom with watertight flats and additional watertight bulkheads made her practically unsinkable, and her engines and cabin furnishings were of the very best material and workmanship obtainable. Beyond existing requirements of safety for ordinary freight and passenger traffic, she provided added comfort for passengers making summer excursions across the Gulf more popular. Christened on 18 November 1902 by Mrs. Archer Baker, wife of the European traffic manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Princess Victoria arrived in Victoria on March 28, 1903 after a 57 day journey from England under Captain Cooper. She made daily trips between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle, travelling at a speed between 18 and 19 knots. Originally coal burning, she was converted to oil in 1912 and then widened to carry cars in 1930. Withdrawn from service during the depression to act as a floating hotel in Nanaimo Harbour, she was reinstated during WWII. Laid up in 1950, Princess Victoria was sold to Tahsis & Company of Vancouver the following year and converted into the bulk fuel carrier Tahsis No. 3 which struck a rock and sank in Welcome Pass near Sechelt on 10 March 1953. After her sinking, she was broken up at the Victoria Capital Iron Works and her engine room, telegraph, and steering were re-purposed for the MV Uchuck III.


Size in inches: 22 h x 29 w (with frame 29" x 36")



Painting of SS Princess Victoria CPR luxury passenger streamship, oil on metal

  • Additional Information

    This is one of three paintings known of this vessel, one of which is in the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.

    For further information see articles Vancouver Daily World, Vancouver March 28, 1903 and Times Colonist, Victoria March 11, 1953 (available upon request).

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