So last week we posted about our massive Sept. 30th 4 ship day last year with the Bliss coming in during the evening for an embark of almost 4,000 guests after a fun filled day with Disney, NCL Jewel and the Oosterdam. Well, seems our predecessors were experts at 4 ship days too – check out the Princess Joan and Princess Patricia at the end of Pier C which is now Canada Place on June 9, 1958. Okay I really don’t know what the other two ships there are but we can pretend they are mini cruise ships. Just think how fast we could turn those little ladies.
So the Princess Joan and her sister ship the Princess Elizabeth arrived at their home port of Victoria from Great Britain in 1930 and this 365 foot three funnel vessel was driven by twin screws and quadruple-expansion engines. First used in the famous CPR midnight sailings between Victoria and Vancouver they also become known to thousand of tourists as the last of the CPR steamers to operate on the Seattle Victoria run. The Princess Joan was sold to the Epirotiki Line in 1961 and renamed Hermes and scrapped in 1974. Some trivia on the Princess Joan while outbound with 400 passengers from Vancouver to Victoria she rammed and sank the small freight steamer the Squid on October 12, 1943. The freighter was transporting 25 tons of dynamite to the Britannia Mining & Smelting Co in Howe Sound when the accident occurred near Point Grey. The dynamite did not explode and the Princess Joan safely took on the 5 man crew off the Squid .
The Princess Patricia, was launched in May 1949 for the CPR and was the first ship to operate for Princess Cruises. Stanley McDonald chartered the Canadian Pacific steamer in 1965. He intended to establish the winter cruising market by operating out of LA and cruising to Mexico. This is the period when Princess Patricia, which cruised to Alaska, would be laid up. The second of Canadian Pacific Line's two 356 foot long, 56 foot wide Fairfield Shipbuilding Scotland-built west Pacific coast steam turbine passenger ships, Princess Patricia was named in 1949 for Princess Patricia of Connaught. She was retired from Alaskan cruising services in 1978, used as a floating hotel in Vancouver for the 1986 World Fair before being finally scrapped in 1995.
Really – I don’t make this stuff up. What an amazingly great history we have in Vancouver with cruising.
Happy Friday all!!!