|Steamer SS Prince Rupert in 1953|
|SS Prince Rupert about 1914|
|The CNR Terminal in 1952 with John Craven in foreground|
Well, this journey actually began 60 years ago when Bill Craven took a trip with his parents to visit an older brother in Ketchikan Alaska.Bill was just 13 at the time and he and his parents travelled to Vancouver, BC on the train and transferred to the Canadian National Railway ship terminal at the foot of Main Street to catch the steamer “SS Prince Rupert” for a voyage north to Ketchikan to visit Bill’s older brother Howard.
In 2012, we actually started our trip in Anacortes, Washington, aboard the Selene Trawler “Spirit”. After a brief stay at Sucia Island, quietly anchored in Echo Bay, Spirit crossed the Straits of Georgia to Vancouver, BC, mooring at Quayside Marina in False Creek, at the foot of the Yaletown district. This is only a few blocks from where Bill began his journey 60 years ago.
The CNR steamship terminal at the foot of Main Street in Vancouver was demolished in 1983 and the steamer “Prince Rupert” was retired from service in 1956 and scrapped many years ago. The area where the pier is located is now a park. Yaletown, once a warehouse district in Vancouver, is now a trendy area of shops, restaurants, condos and apartments. Just a few hundred feet from the head of the dock is “Urban Fare”, sort of like Whole Foods in the USA, where we did much of our provisioning of fresh fruits and vegetables which we could not bring across the border.
Today we also met up with Colin and Donna McCaffrey on the Selene “Serena”, who are also heading north. We also talked to Alex Benson on the Selene “Wild Blue” who is heading north about one day ahead of us.
|Bill Craven at the foot of Main Street near the former CNR Terminal|
|The terminal area is now a waterfront park|