A LOOK BACK: maritime history of Alberni Inlet

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with Alberni Valley Museum

A group of people unload boxes, baskets and full sacks from a canoe on a beach near the Albernis, circa 1920. The S.S. Princess Maquinna, a Canadian Pacific Railway coastal steamer, is seen in the distance. The SS Maquinna linked the Clayoquot Sound region to Victoria via the west coast of Vancouver Island. This photograph is one of nearly 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s digital archives. See more online at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN04135 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

Steamships have a long and important history to the lives of Vancouver Island residents.

In this photo from the Alberni Valley Museum’s vast collection, a group of people unload boxes, baskets and full sacks from a canoe or a rowboat on a beach near the Albernis, circa 1920. The S.S. Princess Maquinna, a Canadian Pacific Railway coastal steamer, is seen in the distance.

The SS Princess Maquinna linked the Clayoquot Sound region to Victoria via the west coast of Vancouver Island. The ship was named for the daughter of Mowachat/Muchalat Chief Maquinna and it also had a couple of interesting nicknames: ‘The Good Ship Maquinna,’ and ‘Old Faithful.’

There were 12 steamships from the CPR working British Columbia’s coastal waters in the early 1900s, according to Part of Our Past—Coastal Steamships & the SS Princess Maquinna from the Tofino Museum. In 2018 the museum hosted a travelling exhibit called SS Princess Sophia: the Unknown Story of the Largest Maritime Disaster along the Pacific Northwest Coast. Part of the exhibit included information on the Princess Maquinna.

The Princess Maquinna was relatively new when this photo was taken: it was built in 1913 and worked the coast until approximately 1953, when it was replaced by the Veta C. The Princess Maquinna was disassembled for salvage in 1962.

The Tofino Museum in 2018 hosted an exhibition about the sinking of the SS Sophia steam ship. There is a written history on the SS Sophia as well as other ships like the SS Princess Maquinna on their website at www.tofinomuseum.com.

The Alberni Valley’s Maritime Heritage Museum on Harbour Road also has many interesting artifacts and exhibits on maritime history from the local coast.

This photo is one of nearly 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s collection. See more at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com/

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional DistricthistoryMuseumPort Alberni

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

EDITORIAL: We need to check our ‘plate hate’

Suspicious border activity can be reported

Feds announce $8.3M to deal with ‘ghost’ fishing gear in B.C. waters

Ghost gear accounts for up to 70 per cent of all macro-plastics in the ocean by weight

Residents oppose changes to parking at Port Alberni apartment unit

Tenants also say maintenance needs to be done before expansion should happen

QUINN’S QUIPS: Hawks’ nests halt logging in Alberni Valley Community Forest

Biologists will take two years to study nest site, says forest manager

City of Port Alberni receives $2M from community forest

AVCF hands over largest dividend cheque ever after successful year in 2019

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

2018 was the worst year on record for wildfires

B.C. orders Coastal GasLink to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands

The 670-kilometre pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from northeast B.C. to Kitimat

B.C. tent camps persist as hotels, housing bought for homeless

Current estimate 40 camps, homeless counts stalled by COVID-19

Most Read