Union Steamship Company

Biography / Administrative History

The Union Steamship Company of British Columbia was a pioneer firm on coastal British Columbia. It was founded in November 1889 by John Darling, a director of the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, and nine local businessmen. The company began by offering local service on Burrard Inlet near Vancouver and later expanded to servicing the entire British Columbia coast.

The Union Steamship Company was bought out by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company in 1948. The SS Noronic fire in Toronto forced the Federal Maritime Department to change marine regulations regarding wooden passenger vessels, while the nature of the BC coastal fleet changed more to freight and a tug and barge operation. The Union Steamships ran until 1956 when a strike finished the fleet.

Source: Wikipedia: Union Steamship Company of British Columbia

Related Collections
Fonds: Edward Crawford Swank fonds
Subseries: W.B. and M.H. Chung maritime history collection » Series 3: Shipping Lines » Subseries 3.45: Union Steamship Co.
Series: Union Steamship Company collection » Series 8: Audio-visual
File: VMM Archives collection » Series 2: Personal papers » John McMaster papers
File: Edwin Drechsel shipboard mail cancellations » File 1
File: VMM Archives collection » Series 3: Business papers » British Columbia Coast Steamships » Canadian Pacific Railway interest in Union Steamship Co. of B.C. Limited
File: VMM Archives collection » Series 3: Business papers » British Columbia Coast Steamships » Operations of British Columbia Coast Steamships - general
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Ardgarvel - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Ballena - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Comox (I) - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Border Prince - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Camosun (I) - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Camosun (II) - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Camosun (III) - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Cardena - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Catala - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Chehalis (I) - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » SS Chelohsin - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Chilliwack (I) - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Chilliwack II - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Chilliwack III - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » City of Nanaimo - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Comox (II) - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Lady Alexandra (1) - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Lady Cecilia - Ship Files
File: VMM Reference Files collection » Ships » Lady Cynthia - Ship Files
File: VMM Photograph collection » Ships » Gulf Stream
File: VMM Photograph collection » Locations » Aero Camp, Moresby Island
Related Archival Items
graphic materials: Union Steamship approaching Bowen Island (2000.1001.067)
graphic materials: Go by Gulf (2008.5000.0187)
graphic materials: Go by Gulf (2008.5000.0188)
graphic materials: Go by Gulf (2008.5000.0189)
graphic materials: Go by Gulf (2008.5000.0190)
graphic materials: Year round daily passenger & express service to (2008.5000.0191)
graphic materials: Cowichan underway (LM2018.999.060)
technical drawings: SS Cardena (2007.5000.0554)
technical drawings: SS Capilano for the Union Steamship Co. of B.C. (2007.5000.0556)
textual records: SS Catala visitors' log book (VMM44.136)