<i>Chehalis</i> underway
Chehalis underway

Chehalis (I)

Vessel Type
Tow » Tugboat » tug, steam
Ship Dates
Date built: 1897
End date: 1906
Owner or managing owner(s)
Union Steamship Company
Vessel Description

Chehalis (I) was sunk in First Narrows with heavy loss of life. On July 21, 1906 Vancouver witnessed its worst shipwreck when the CPR Princess Victoria rammed and sank the tiny Union Steamship Chehalis (I), which had crossed the larger steamer's bow. As horrified passengers watched, the tiny wooden steamer was crushed and chopped up by the ship's propellers. Those who were drowned: Dr. H. Hutton, of London, England (an oyster expert); Mrs. R. H. Bryce, Vancouver (wife of the Purser of the Cassiar); Hilda Mason, aged 10, Vancouver; Barnet Benwell, aged 9, Vancouver; P. J. Chick, Vancouver (retired Purser); Win. H. Crawford, deck-hand, Vancouver; and two unnamed Japanese firemen and one unnamed Chinese cook.


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Hook (M972.135.1)
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graphic materials: Chehalis underway (LM2016.999.013)