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Princess Maquinna Canadian Pacific Railway. British Columbia Coast Steamship Service 1980

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 Season's   Greetings
and all ^opd \jnsjies
I Ss* Princess Maquinna,
New COP. R. West Coast Steamer Takes Water Gracefully—
Mrs. W. F. Bullen Christens Her—Ceremony Was Quiet
—Builders Congratulated—Capt. Troup Delighted
j JSlipping into the water on her initial
plunge just as gracefully as if she
were being lowered from the ways, the
new Ch P, R. steamer Princess Maquinna;! the largest steamer ;to he built
in British^ Columbia, was launched at
Esquimalt this morning at 11.30 o'clock
from the B. C. Marine Railway yards.
Mrs. W. F.Bulleri acted as sponsor and
just as the new west coast steamer began her run down the slip into the salt
water, she broke a gaily decorated bottle of champagne over the sharp steel
bow and christened her the Princess
The launching of the new C. P. R.
steamer was a quiet and Informal affair, just the officials and office staffs
of the Canadian Pacific Railway and B.
C. Marine Railway being in attendance.
Capt. J. W. Troup, manager of the
British Columbia Coast Service; Lincoln
Smith, assistant to Capt. Troup; Capt.
C. D. Neroutsos, marine superintendent of the B. C. Coast Service; Mr. and
Mrs. W. F. Bullen, H. F. Bullen and
Mr. Murray, manager of the B. C. Marine Railway, watched the crack
steamer slide* down the greased slip^and
into the water.
Much  Interest  in  Launching.
Although the launching of the Princess Maquinna was very quiet, much
Interest attache^ to the performance as
tebe^is the largest steamer to be built
in this province. As soon as everything
was ready and the steamer was resting
in her cradle Mrs. Bullen released the
Macpimna arid as she commenced to
move, threw the bottle of champagne
against' thestetri of the vessel and the
liquor flower,over the steel plates. * The
Maquinna' gradually gained momentum,
and  when   she  struck    the  water her
was one Indian women to whose nam;
had been prefixed the title of Princess, f
and one who spent her whole life on
the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
In the notes of Capt. Vancouver, is
found reference to the Indian maiden
as a Princess. The explorer was invited
by Chief Maquinna to dine with him at
Nootka and Capt. Cook says that the
round-laced*, small Indian girl* not
good-lQ6king, but'., plfeasant, somewhat
whiter in complexion than the average
Indian, sat at the foot of the table and
presided as mistress.
Princess ;Maquinna was the daughter
of ChiBf Maquinna^ one of the most
prominent Indian chiefs ever to make
Vancouver Island his home, and the
man who gained great notoriety by
being the contemporary of Vancouver,
Quadra, Mears and other-British and
Spanish seamen who were prominent
towards the close of the 18th century
in the history of the northwest coast
of America. He was the chief from
whom Capt. John Meares, of the merchant vessel Felice, purchased in 1788
the land, little better than a garden
plot, in Friendly Cove, on which the
British claim to a portion of this coast
against the Spanish case was" first
founded. Maquinna was the chief who,
in 1803, captured the American ship
Boston, at anchor in his domain in
Nootka Sound, and massacred the
whole crew with ,the exception of two
One of the men whose life was
spared during the massacre named
Jewitt; the armourer, pecause of his
usefulness in making weapons, always
referred to the Chief Maquinna as the
king and his daughter as the princess.
At the time Jewitt was taken by the,
Indians the Princess was 16 years of
age. *:
C.P.R. Steamer Princess Maquinna
I ,    Th^s picture is a reproduction of a model   of   the.
made by Mr.Dentith, timekeeper of the Co P. R.
West    Coast    steamer
The Princess Maquinna will be ready to relieve the Tees on the run to West-Coast  ports   in  about  six  weeks.     A
large  gang  of  workmen  are   now   employed on her and her cabin accommodation is being fitted up at present. A
trial trip will be held and K is expected that it will be an elaborate function.
J. McMillan, General Manager of Telegraphs.
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