"Prince Ships of Northern BC: Ships of the Grant Trunk Pacific and Canadian National Railways" (used book)
Prince Ships of Northern BC: Ships of the Grant Trunk Pacific and Canadian National Railways
by Norman Hacking
About the Book
Used Book. Paperback. Like new.
-- from the back
The photo [on the back] shows the Prince Rupert on her sea trials early in 1910. She was the first of the superb coastal liners built by the Grant Trunk Pacific Railway to provide speedy, comfortable service form Vancouver to Victoria and Seattle, and from Vancouver to Prince Rupert and Southeastern Alaska.
The president of the railway, Charles M. Hays, was a visionary who intended his new city of Prince Rupert, then being hacked from the muskeg and rock of Northern BC to rival Vancouver. Unfortunately, Hays was among over 1,000 people who died when the Titanic struck an iceberg in 1912. Although his ambitious plans died with him, ships of his company, which became part of the Canadian National Railway system, plied the coastal waters of BC for over half a century.
Last of the fleet was the Prince George, on the front cover. Launched in 1947, she served for nearly 30 years, building a reputation for service and comfort.
Here is the little-known story of the Grand Trunk and Canadian National Coastal Steamships, written by BC’s foremost marine historian. Includes over 50 photos, many published for the first time.