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Is Pilchard Oil Carrier of the West Coast
The pilchard oil business of the
West Coast is now being actively conducted by the Princess Ena, v/hieh is
specially fitted for tank capacity to
handle the product of the plants.
The other chief oil exporting business from this Coast is that of whale
oil, the whaling' company's tender
Gray being- in port yesterday with 9 60
barrels from the northern stations,
which were moved by barge to Vancouver, where it will be shipped to
Hamilton, Ont. Six tank cars were
lined up to transfer the oil.
Ministers Are Holding Council Meetings  and  Taking  Over  Active
Charge of Departments
OTTAWA, Sept. 2 7.—The members
of the Cabinet, after attending the
ceremonies in connection with the
departure of Lord Byng, met for a
short time in the Privy Council Chamber At the hreak-up of the meeting
Premier King said that there was
nothing to  announce.
The Ministers are, for the most part,
remaining in the city for a few days
and   there   will   be   no   further   meetings of the Cabinet Council this week.
The   plans  of  most  of the  new  Ministers are still uncertain, but it is expected that within a week or ten days
nearly all will have taken over active
administration of their    departments.
Private  secretaries  of   the     ministers
who  have taken  over their old  portfolios are already established in their
offices and  resuming their work.
Customs Inquiry
It   is    expected     one     of    the first
orders-in-council to be passed will be
an enlargement of the instructions to
the Royal   Commission    investigating
the Department of Customs.    Premier
King  has  announced  thatjhe Gov-
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Victoria Slharf , Ho. P. 130089, fpnd returning the
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As requested,  a fom.OG is now attached
covering the lay-off effective June Hth. 1938.
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Veteran     Coast     Steamer
Bought by Commander
B. L. Johnson.
The well-known coast steamer Princess Beatrice of the C. P. SS. Services
Ltd. has been bought by Commander
B. L. Johnson and associates ,lt is announced. Her hull will probably be
converted into a barge and her machinery, which is in first-class shape,
will probably be placed in a new tugboat hull.
The Beatrice has been familiar on
the coast waters for twenty-five years.
Built in 1903 at Esquimalt, she was
fitted with Scotch machinery and
boilers, and has been a consistent and
satisfactory performer since her launching. She is of wood, and is 193 feet
long by 37 feet beam.
The Canadian Pacific Railway, owner
of the Beatrice, laid her up this fall
upon completion of the coast liner SS.
Princess Norah, now en route to this
coast from the Clyde. The Princess
Norah is larger and more modern.
SS. Majestic Wins
Race to Reach New
York for Christmas
NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—(AP)—A six-
day fight for speed In wintry seas and
fog ended in victory Christmas morning when the liner SS. Majestic arrived
from Southampton in time for her
thousand passengers to have their dinners ashore.
Delayed by fog twenty-two hours in
starting from Southampton, Captain
William Marshall crowded his ship to
its .utmost. He made an average of
24.01 knots for the five-day-nine-hour
Smashes Nose on Pier
C CRASHING through the bumper logs surrounding the
J concrete walls of Ballantyne Pier, the wooden
C. P. SS. Ltd. coastwise passenger vessel. Princess Royal,
broke eighteen feet of her stem late Monday afternodn.
A swing of the tide threw the ship bow on against the
north end of the pier, it is reported. The extent of the
damage will not be known until the vessel has been
drydocked and inspected. SS. Princess Royal was going
on berth to discharge northern cargo. All passengers
had left the ship upon her arrival Monday morning
from the north. The ship, built in 1907. is 228 feet long.,
SS. Princess Mary will take the scheduled Prince
Rupert sailing of SS. Princess Royal, sailing at 4 p.m.
Wednesday instead of 2 p.m.
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passengers and with an ll%%AteA7n\?^hnl3 fnd   sever^  hundred
trip acrossjhe Gu^^^i^^i^^te^n knots an hour makes the
Princess Royal Close to Face
of Foster Glacier in Taku Inlet
Princess Royal at the Face of the Glacier
Lging Off the Moraine of the Faster Glacier
View of the Glacier From the Steamer
C. P, R, Liner Runs to Within
150 Yards of the Face of
the Big Northern Mountain
of Ice
Closer to the Taku glacier than she
has ever been the Princess Royal,
Capt. Hughes, afforded the big
throng of passengers on board a
most interesting sight on the trip
from Skagway and way ports which
was completed this morning. The C.
P. R. liner had 155 saloon and 15
second class passengers, and after
making the usual call at Juneau she
proceeded to Taku inlet where the
Poster Glacier with its rugged ridge
of opalesque ice crenalated by thel
summer sun afforded a magnificent
sight. The Princess Royal was
brought through the field of float ice,
past some big bergs, to an anchorage
within 150 yards of the face of the
big glacier. After the mountain of
ice had been viewed the steamer was
shifted to a position opposite where
the wide moraine, a great ice-field,
reached the sea like a frozen river
and waterfall.
Among the passengers on the Princess Royal were Clarence Berry, the
well known Klondike millionaire who
took a fortune from the claim located
by him and his brother on Bonanza
creek in the days of the Klondike
rush, and who now is engaged in the
Tanana district. He and his family
came from Fairbanks. S. H. Graves,
president of the White Pass and Yukon railroad came from White Horse
after inspecting the northern railway
system. He left the steamer at Vancouver. H. McKinnon, president of
the pulp mills at Swanson Bay returned from the mills. H. Chandler,
and family, came from Atlin. Prof.
Meyer and several other eastern educationalists who went north to view
the glaciers returned by the liner.
Among the passengers on the up trip
were several hunters bound to the
Stikine country who went up the river on the Port Simpson, and a New
York attorney, assistant to W. T. Jerome, who, with his wife and family,
debarked at Juneau bound to Kadiak
on  a  bear-hunting  trip.
News was brought by the Princess
Royal that the stern-wheel steamer
Omlneca, built here for the Grand
Trunk Pacific, had reached Prince
Rupert and was at anchor there when
the steamer called southbound. The
steamer Port Simpson was making
her last trip up the Stikine and is
returning to the Skeena. Mrs. Jack-
man, wife of the captain was a passenger to Prince Rupert on the
Princess Royal.
The Princess Royal was delayed by
fog encountered north of Seymour j
I Narrows, and was a day late in reach- '
ing port. She replaced the Princess |
Victoria today and will take the run
of the Princess Charlotte tomorrow, j
going north again on Friday night.
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Mayor   Presents   Her    With
Shield—She Makes Twenty-
Two Knots on Run
There were a number of Victoria
visitors on the initial trip of the Princess Patricia, the new C. P. R. steamer, which left here for Nanaimo this
morning to make the first run across
the Gulf of Georgia, inaugurating-the
double daily service between the Black
Diamond   city   and  Vancouver.
Recognizing the importance of the
innovation, the Nanaimo Board of
Trade had organized an excursion,
which was widely patronized, and
which formed a large section of the
passengers  on  board.
The silver shield, presented by citizens of Nanaimo to the new steamer,
was handed over with due formality to
the officers. The old bastion of the
Hudson's Bay Company, on the waterfront, forms the subject of - the replica
on the shield, which contains a suitable inscription. The presentation was
made by Mayor Shaw in a few appropriate remarks, who voiced the opinion
of the large number present that the
inauguration "of. the service , by the
Patricia would open a new era of prosperity for Nanaimo, and contribute
materially towards the opening up of
the Island. ■        :   "
i Capt. J. W. Troup received the shield
on behalf of the company, thinking the
citizens of Nanaimo for this eloquent
evidence of. their appreciation of the
company!* policy of more Closely linking the Island and the Mainland.
■The Patricia in making the run .north
Showed What-she can do in; the" Way of
s£eed by covering the distance between
Brotehie Ledge and Entrance Island
light in 3 hours and 34 minutes, at
times making as much as 22 knots an
Favorable Weather First Part
of Trip—Rough Coming
Up Pacific
After a lengthy passage of SI days
from the Clyde the new C. P. R. steamer Princess Sophia, Capt. Lindgren,
arrived at the outer docks at 1.15
o'clock this afternoon, was well
on towards 2,30 before the ship was
cleared, owing to the late arrival of
the immigration officials. The .master
of the steamer reports having a fairly
good run from the Old Country, the run
up.the Pacific being the worst part of
the trip. Head winds were experienced
during the voyage up the coast, but she
behaved splendid in the seas, and Capt.
Lindgren says she is an excellent sea
; The Princess Sophia is a vessel 245
feet long, 44 feet beam and 18 feet
deep, built to the highest class of
Lloyd's registry and is a fine combina
tion of freight and passenger steamer.
Eighty staterooms are fitted with all
modern conveniences required by the
traveller of to-day. The observation
room forward is finished with maple,
the dining room which seats 100, with
mahogany, and the smoking room is
well fitted and furnished. -The new
vessel is excellently equipped for handling freight. The forward hatch is 24
feet wide by 27.6 feet in length, and
one of the forward winches has capacity for lifting weights up to twenty
tons. There are also a number of
winches for lifts up to five tons. The
carrying capacity is 1,500 tons. The
steamer is propelled by a triple expansion engine, with cylinders 22
inches, 37 inches and 60 Inches in diameter, with 36-inch stroke, and three
Scottish marine boilers are used to
supply steam, the engines propelling
the vessel at a speed of 14 knots.
She is to be overhauled immediately,
and after being equipped with oil
burners will enter the Queen Charlotte
I islands trade.
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Sophia Reports   Off   Central
America Coast—Not Arriving Till Late Next Week
First wireless messages from the
new C. P. R. steamer Princess Sophia,
Capt. Lindgren, were received by Capt.
Troup, manager of the B. C. Coast
Service, yesterday afternoon. The
wireless was received here via San
Jose del Cabe, Central America, and
reported "all well." From the position
the Sophia was yesterday when she
sent the wireless it is certain that she
will not reach Victoria until the end
of next week, or beginning of the following week.
From now on messages should be.received from the Sophia almost every
day, as she is now within the range of
the coast station. The Sophia has not
made a call since she stopped at Punta
Arenas on April 9 and is making a
fairly good run up the Pacific.
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Of the C. P. R. fleet, which will leave Victoria next Friday night ft r the north, relieving the Princess May, which is to
overhaul.    Capt. Campbell will command the steamer.
 VICTORIA,    B.   C,   liATU'BDAY,    'FEBRUARY    17,     1906
The Indianapolis, which was recently purchased by the Alaska Steamship Company and may be placed on the Victoria and Seattle run.
This year will see the advent of two
passenger steamships in the Victoria
marine' business. The one is the Indianapolis, front and side views of
which are herewith produced, in the
first instance showing the excellent
lines of the ship from the bow aft,
and in the second a picture taken of
the vessel laden with' excursionists before she left Chicago. The other picture is the new C. P. R. steamer, the
Princess Royal, which is building on
the ways of the B. C. Marine Railway,
Esquimau. The picture is from a
wash drawing by artists of the B. C.
engraving    staff    from    plans    kindly
leaned for the occasion by Capt. James
Troup, superintendent of the B. C.
Coast Steamship service. This is the
fil-st picture made of the new vessel
a?: she will appear when complete.
The views of both steamers are specially interesting at this time as they
show in the one instance a vessel that
is being designed for the Victoria and
Sound service, and in the second a new
steamship which, it is thought, will
shortly be placed on the route and in
any event is calculated to make a day
run between points on the Sound and
this city during the summer months.
The    Indianapolis  was  at  Michigan
City at the time she ,was purchased by
Charles E. Peabody, vice-president and
general manager of the Alaska Steamship Company. She had then been in
service only seven months. The vessel was found too small for the lake
traffic and was placed on the market
for sale. When in commission the Indianapolis cost her former owners
The Indianapolis is a steel steamer
186 feet long-, . with a beam of 32 feet
and depth of hold of 12 feet. She has
two decks and a hurricane deck. The
net tonnage is given at 765, and the
gross tonnage 520.    On the voyage to
Seattle the steamer averaged 318
miles a day, or 13 knots an hour. When
on a regular run she can easily make
19 knots. The vessel is fitted throughout with electric lights and modern'
equipment of every kind. She carries
a big electric searchlight, has steam
steering gear and running water.
There is a system of call bells over the
ship and in the social halls, and mahogany is used in the finishing work.
The windows are plate glass. The Indianapolis was constructed under the
supervision of the American bureau of
shipping.      The    vesse 1 carries    two
Scotch marine boilers,  with a    steam
pressure of 200 pounds.
Descriptions of the new C. P. R.
liner has been given in the Times so
far as the plans would admit. Briefly
stated she will be 242 feet long by 40
feet beam and 25 feet depth of hold.
She will have 2,400 horse-power, which
should drive her at the rate of at least
16 knots an hour. Her passenger accommodation will be equal to that of
the flyer of the C. P. R. fleet. The
steamer is well advanced in the matter of construction, but has yet to receive her machinery.
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On Atlantic
on Pacific
Former  Canadian  Pacific  Railway  Vessel  Operating Out of Victoria Survived Terrific Gale for
Thr£e Days Off Florida Coast During Recent Tornado Which Destroyed Shipping-
Had Romantic Career Before Entering
Fruit Carrying Trade From West Inclies
In the path of the tornado, blown
hundreds of miles out of her course,
riding the waves when other vessels
perished recently iii the terrible hurricane which devastated southern
Florida, the Princess May has added
another chapter to the picturesque
story which has marked her romantic
The story related by the hardy
mariners who brought her safely
home to port is engaging much space
in the New "York newspapers, where
leal adventure must be proved before
Gulf     Islands     Winter     Service—
Effective Monday, September 27, the
steamer Otter will leave Victoria
every Monday at 7:15 a.m., and Wednesdays at 8 a.m., for Ganges Harbor
and way points, returning to Victoria
on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There
will aleo be the service from Victoria
every Tuesday at 11 a.m., calling at
Port' Washington, Ganges and Mayne
Island. For further information phone
1270 or 121 or 2822.
To   Liverpool
Oct-   15,   Nov.   3 2 Montroae
Oct.   22.     Nov. 19    Montcalm
Oct.   29,     Nov.   26 Montclare
To  Cherbourg-Southampton-Antwerp
Oct.     6,     Nov.     3    Melita
Oct.  20,     Nov.   17    Minnedosa
To   Belfast-Glasgow
Oct.     7,     Nov.     4  ..lletagania
To   Liverpool
Nov.     5  Mon troya]
To   Cherbourg-Southampton
Oct.     6,         ...Empress  of  Scotland
Oct.  27 Empress of France
To Belfast-Glasgow
ct.  21,    Nov.  18    Montnairn
Ferry  Leaves Ferry  Leaven
the     greatest   port   of   the   continent
waxes enthusiastic.
Kcmarkablc Ship
The Princess May demonstrated on
this coast her seagoing qualities, and
on the Atlantic, where she has bee
for the past ,six years, having been
purchased by the Dio Georgio Fruit
Corporation for the West Indian-
New York fruit trade, she has been
called upon to sustain seamanship
qualities, to justify her claim to combat any weather on that storm-tossed
coast. But not until the recent tornado has she broken into print, the
first attention being drawn to her by
the recovery' of a lifeboat from the
Loyal  Citizen  off the  Bermudas.
According to the stories told at the
Seamen's Institute at New York, the
vessel was for three days at the
mercy of the gale, and was driven off
her course 1,000 miles. The chief
engineer, who has been with her five
years, describes the gale laconically
as the worst he had known. The details reluctantly wrung from the
officers and crew have been pieced
together to show magnificent sea-
mansihip in terrible difficulties, anS a
record sustaining the character the
veteran ship built up on the 'Pacific.
Thirty-Eight  Years  Old
When it is recalled that she was
built in 1888 on the Tyne by the firm
of Hawthorn, Leslie & Company, of
Newcastle, it speaks well for her
builders that she survived one of the
most dreadful gales of the Atlantic
thirty-eight years afterwards. She is
249 feet long by 53.2 feet beam, and
had a varied career before coming
to this coast when purchased in China
by the Canadian Pacific Railway for
the  Yukon  trade  in  1901.
Known in turn as the Ha-ting,
Ningohow, Cass, and Arthur, she was
rechristened on arrival, and went* into the final stages of the Yukon gold
rush. A curious legend grew up
about the ship, that any miner who
traveled on her was sure to bring his
gold to port, and other vessels were
passed Up so that the successful prospector could return to civilization
upon  her.
Then came the testing time, when
she ran aground on Central Island,
and in spite of great difficulty was
brought off without serious damage.
In 1906 the B.C. Coast Service had
her reconditioned at Bullen's ways,
entailing almost a rebuilding of the
venerable ship. She was re-engined at
the time. She had previously been
changed over from coal to oil.
When the Princess May became obsolete for the service, she was sold to
Eastern interests, extensive alterations being conducted before the vessel was dispatched from Yarrows'
ways to the Atlantic, where she has
since been employed in the fruit
Where Princess May Escaped Hurrica
The Course of the Miami  Tornado  Is Marked by an Arrow-Pointed Line.    On Her Way  North the Vessel  Was Caught  in  the
of   the  Storm   and  Was   Carried  Hundreds   of   Miles  Outside   Her   Course.
Princess. Relieves   May   on
Skagway Run for Three
Trips *Af/Z
Leaving on her first trip to northern
British Columbia and Alaska ports
since the five-day service to Alaska
was discontinued by the C. P. R. last
fall, the steamer Princess Sophia, Cap'.
Campbell, cie.iied from Victoria late
last night with a large list of passen
gers ami a big consignment of freight.
The Sophia is relieving the steamer
Princess May, which is to undergo her
annual overhaul. This morning officials of the B. C. Coast Service stated
that the Sophia would probably take
the sailings of the May for a month
making three trips.
Sine? the Sophia was last in the
Skagway service she has been converted into an oil-burner, and her speed
has been Increased. Since leaving the
shipbuilders' yards where she was
changed, the Princess has been relieving on the midnight run between here
and Vancouver.
The five-day service between here
and Skagway will not be inaugurated
by the C. P. R. until June 1. The Princess Sophia and the Princess May will
be engaged in maintaining this
schedule. The C. P. R. is looking for
a large amount of tourist business this
year, and will have, its vessels in the
best possible shape to handle the
Many Going North Now.
A large number of people are already
making their way .north to Prince Rupert and Skagway, and the Sophia had
quite a crowd when she left here last
night. Among those who left were the
following: A. S. Christie, J. S. Kee
man, D. Mclntish, S. McConneil, Miss
L. Ash, A. H. Hall, Sister Mary Zeno
Sister Mary Victoria, Sister Mary
Bruno and J. A. Locke. Sister Meno
is in her 80th year, and she is going to
Alaska, to . resume her mission . work
among the Indians. H?r heart is in
the frozen north.
The freight carried north by the
Sophia consisted of supplies and general merchandise.
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C.  P,  R. Steamer "Princess
May" Will Lie Over One Trip
for Overhauling
The C. P. R. steamer Princess Sophia, with Captain Campbell in command, will leave on the Skagway run
on Friday, March 28, in place of the
Princess May. The latter vessel' arrives here on the day previous and will
lie ever for one trip in order to have a
few little repairs completed, and a
thorough overhauling. The accommodation on the Sophia and the speed she
can attain are to all intents and purposes the same as those of her sister
ship, so that the schedule will in no
wise be departed from.
Princess Mary's Home Stretch
From 'Frisco Was Worst
Part of Trip
mate on the steamship Montrose at the
time Dr. H. H. Crippen and Ethel Len-
eve made their escape from Antwerp to
Montreal. Most of the officers who
came out on the Mary will return to
England shortly.
During the 15,000 miles of sea
ploughed through by the C. P. R.
steamer Princess Mary, which arrived
in port yesterday afternoon at 3.30
from Paisley, Scotland, many exciting
and interesting experiences fell to the
lot of the officers and crew. The only
incidents regretted by tjie men are that
at several of the ports of call en roue
they were not permitted to go ashore,
owing to the fact that they had stopped
to refill their water tanks at Madeira,
at the time the cholera visited that
After passing through the Straits of
Magellan the. Mary's crew was allowed
ashore at all ports called at on the Pacific coast. The officers stated yesterday that together with the rough
weather encountered during the passage and the pleasant times ashore the
trip was not uneventful, although after being out for 85 days they were beginning to feel tired of the long voyage.
Leaving Greenock on November 22
the Mary, in command of Capt. Oxlade,
ran into a terrific storm the following
day and was forced to run for shelter
at Loch Ryan. After putting to sea
when the storm subsided the vessel almost immediately ran Into a thick fog
bank arid her skipper was forced to
drop anchor, unable to find his bearings. When crossing the Bay of Biscay the new Princess met boisterous
weather and had a very stiff time, being battered about severely and '. with
some damage. She rolled heavily in
the seas and the force of the waves
banging against the barricade work
started it. Several of her plates opened a little and water oozed through until Capt. Oxlade ordered the carpenters
to go below and cement the leaks. In
an attempt to steady the vessel, which
was being terribly shaken about, her
skipper had the sails on both masts sot.
The wind blowing with great violence
carried away the aerial and the operator had to rig up another one.
Being delayed in the storm the
steamer ran short of water and made
the port of Madeira. The health officials very reluctantly consented to give
water, informing the officers of the
vessel that a serious cholera epidemic
was prevalent there, but as it was ne-
ossary they took it. Having come
from a port where the disease was raging, the Mary, on calling at St. Vincent
was quarantined, with the result that
the officers and crew had to turn to and
coal the vessel themselves, the 'longshoremen refusing to work. The run
across the Atlantic to Montevideo was
accomplished with fine weather prevailing all the way.
Entering the Straits of Magellan the
steamer experienced a tempestuous gale
and after bucking the westerly wind
for some time she sought refuge at
Borja Bay. As she was forced to lie
there for several days a party was organized for an expedition ashore. Besides discovering that there is dense
vegetation there and getting covered
from head to foot with mud the party
met with no exciting experiences.
They found the remains of an t)ld hut,
which presumably was erected by some
shipwrecked crew.
As the storm abated the Mary resumed her trip and soon passed Cape
Pillar. Capt. Oxlade took the outside
passage, but so bad was the weather
that under one boiler the vessel made
little headway and it was necessary to
commission the other boiler, which iiad
not previously been used during the
passage. She was driven at full speed,
fifteen knots, into the gale and proved
to be a splendid sea boat, rising and
falling on the waves without shipping
any water, practically. It was a stiff
fight in passing Cape Pillar but eventually the Princess passed that dreaded
point and on Jan. lo made Coronel.
This was the first port at which the
crew were allowed ashore after leaving
the Old Country and needless to say
they had a rousing time.
After refilling'her bunkers the steamer proceeded to Callao and had a fine
passage. North of the Galapagos islands the Mary ran into a school of
turtles and the vessel was stopped with
the hope that a few might be captured
and the crew treated to turtle, soup.
The crew got in the soup, all the turtles making good their escape. San
Francisco was reached last Friday and
the vessel set sail the following day.
The last leg of the journey from the
Golden Gate to the Beautiful City was
the roughest stretch. She ran into the
strong southeast gale on Sunday and
was tossed around on the ocean like an
empty sardine can. Monster waves
battered the wooden work with which
Bhe was barricaded and in several
cases made an opening and the water
poured in. The saloon was nearly
flooded out when one of the port holes
was forced open and before it could be
fastened again much water had found
its way in. At times the wind blew at
the rate of 75 miles an hour and a big
sea was running, but through it all the
Princess Mary rode safely and is now
lying at the Enterprise wharf awaiting
an overhauling.
The officers on the Mary were: Capt.
Oxlade, formerly on the Empress liners
en the Pacific; Chief Officer Griffiths,
of one of the C. P. R. steamships on the
Atlantic; Second Officer Mowatt, until
recently third officer on the Montrose;
Third Officer Milburn, from one of the
Atlantic boats; Chief Engineer Thaw,
formerly on the Tees; Second Engineer
Butterworth; Third Engineer Campbell; Fourth Engineer Stark; Fourth
Engineer Macomly; Wireless Operator
H. J. Arnold, and Chief-Steward Mol-
lan, from the Empress of Ireland.
Second  Officer    Mowatt    was    third
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Th* well-known turbine flyer left Victoria yesterday for Nanaimo to resume her sailings on tne run from the Coal City to Vancouver. She has been
here for three weeks undergoing her annual overhaul. Her marvellous engines
were given special attention, and her interior was renovated. ' The' Patricia
will for the present maintain a daily service between the two ports, but the
two trips a day will be put into force in the summer.- The Princess carries huge
crowds of passengers across the Gulf each week, and in the summer she handles
some big boatloads.
 In   late   October  thirty-three  years  ago   Princess   Sophia   left   Skagway   on   her   last   voyage.
British Columbia can boast of having the finest and most palatial services of coastwise steamers in the whole world. There is nothing on the coast of the British Isles comparable to the
steamers that ply between Vancouver and the Capital City. Our illustration of the old Princess
May will be of particular interest to old timers, with whom she was a great favorite. To make
way for finer vessels, the May passed to other ownership, and is now engaged in the fruit trade
between New York and the West Indies.
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This  photograph was taken as  the palatial craft was running her trials.    She was steaming over the  Skelmorlie
course, and made 23%  knots an-hour.
C, P, R, Not  Likely to Order
Sister-Ship to Replace
Palatial Craft
Was   Employed  as  a  Mine-
Layer; Mine Probably Slipped
Causing Destruction
Victoria in particular and British
Columbia and Puget Sound in general
have sustained an irreparable loss in
the destruction of the C. P. K. steamer
Princess Irene off Sheerness yesterday
through an inexplicable accident. This
loss may not be apparent to the majority of people, but when it is announced that the owners will not, in
all probability, award a contract for
the construction of a sister ship to.the
Irene, some light will be shed on the
When the contract for the two new
Princesses was awarded to Messrs.
Denny Bros., of Dumbarton, on May
24, 1913, conditions on this coast where
exceptionally brisk, and at that time
the business warranted larger vessels.
Now, however, through a complication
of troubles, travel on the triangular
service has suffered lamentably, and
there is no need for more ships. But
if the ships were here the C. P. R.
would find use for them, and when
times looked up again they would be
required to attend to the increased
travel. The British admiralty will reimburse the company to the exact cost
of the ship.
The Princess Margaret may come
through the war without accident, but
as she is engaged in as precarious a
work as the Irene, the chances are
none too bright. So when travel becomes heavy on the triangular run once
more, the company will not be able
to inaugurate the fast service it had
planned, but will have to maintain it
with the ships at present operating.
Had Geared Turbines.
The Princess Irene, with her sister-
ship, was built with very sharp lines
and had geared turbines installed. On
her trial trips she steamed over the
Skelmorlie course at a speed of 23 1-3
miles an hour. She was the first ship
built for service on this coast to have
geared turbines, the latest type of engines, which enables the turbine to
work at a great speed, and thereby
make it far more efficient and allows
the propeUor to revolve more slowly
and thereby prevent it from losing any
The C. P. R. had planned to have the
Irene steam between here and Vancouver in three hours and a half, and make
the same time on the leg of the voyage
to Seattle. To do this they would have
to maintain an average speed of 22
knots an hour. The Irene would have
been the blue ribbon ship of the Pacific
Launched in October.
Early last year the keel of the Princess Irene was laid down at Denny
Bros', yards, and on October 20 .she was
sent into the water. Mrs. J. A. Heritage, wife of the chief engineer of the
Princess Charlotte, who was standing
by the Princess Margaret at the time,
christened the ship. The work of finishing off the interior of the craft was
being completed, when in December the
British admiralty announced that the
Irene and the Margaret had been requisitioned for duty as scouts. On January 20 the Irene was sent out on her
trial trips, and succeeded in besting her
sister-ship. The Margaret made 23 1-4
knots, while the Irene did 23 1-3 knots.
While people were led to believe that
the two Princesses were to act as
scouts, they were fitted out as minelayers. About March 1 the two ships
were ready for their new work, and
since that time have been engaged in
the most hazardous job that falls to
the lot of the British navy.
What Probably Happened.
While very few details have been received concerning the appalling catastrophe, it is believed that in the
handling of the mines, one slipped and
dropped and the ship, carrying some
of the highest explosives, was hurled
in pieces a great distance.
The Princess Irene had a gross tonnage of 6,000 tons. Her length was 395
feet, beam 54 feet and depth 20 feet.
She had a passenger capacity for 2,000
and had 202 staterooms. In her din-
ingroom   she   could   have     seated   186.
first ships built by the C. P. R. for
coasting service to have cruiser sterns.
The Irene embodied many of the latest
innovations, and would have proven a
very popular ship on the triangular
The Irene and her sister ship were the ' run.
New Vessel for Comox-Victoria
Run Arrives From
Finished in the most elaborate style,
equipped with all the latest modern
conveniences for the comfort of passengers, a splendid sea-boat and built
With the most graceful lines, the new
steamer Princess Mary in command of
Capt. Oxlade, which arrived in port
this afternoon from the builders' yards
at Paisley, Scotland, is a splendid addition to the C. P. R.'s'B. C. Coast
Service and should prove to be a most
suitable vessel on the Comox-Victoria
run, for which route she was built.
Just about 3 o'clock the Mary tied up
alongside the C. P. R. docks, after a
trip occupying eighty-five days. She
bore few signs of the tempestuous weather met during the long voyage of
15,000 miles, although she was grimy
and dirty. Capt. Oxlade, who brought
the new vessel safely to this city,
states that his command acted splendidly during the trying conditions^—"En
the straits of Mag-ellan the new Princess encountered her stormiest spell,
the wind blowing with great violence
and the seas running extremely high,
but through it all the vessel rode without any damage.
At   the   wharf  many  Victorians   as-
when the wireless station at Tatoosh
flashed a message to the Dominion
government station at Gonzales Hill,
stating that the steamer had Just been
sighted making an entrance to the
straits. She was not forced coming up
the straits, proceeding under a ten-
knot bell and reached here Just about
3 o'clock.
Within three days she will be taken
around to Esquimalt to be taken out
on the B. C. Marine ways for an overhauling after her long journey. It will
be several weeks before she is prepar-
ed to enter into active service for the
C P. R. on the Victoria and Comox
Weir Liner Was Badly Battered
Crossing Pacific—Much
Snow Encountered
Caught in the strong southeast gale
which was felt all along the Pacific
coast on Sunday, the Bank liner, Su-
veric, Capt. Cowley, which arrived at
the outer dock early this morning, was
badly battered by the heavy seas
which were- running, and was delayed
in reaching port. She was nearly two
days behind time, the stormy weather
encountered in other parts of the Pacific .also holding her back a great deal.
Immediately after leaving Yoko^
hama the steamship was beset by dirts7
weather, the wind blowing from the
northwest accompanied by heavy snowfalls. Out of the seventeen days at sea
the Suveric was in the midst of snow
storms for ten days. At 'times the
temperature dropped very low, and as
the water came over her rails it froze
Which arrived in port this afternoon from Paisley, Scotland, after an eighty-five days passage, to enter
on the Victoria-Comox run. '.■■■■
sembled to see the Mary. Throughout
the. vessel is most elegantly fitted and
earns the right to be termed a palatial steamer. She has 66 staterooms,
capable of accommodating 160 persons,
which are beautifully finished, washbasins, comfortable beds and other fix-
ture^pn each room making travel pleasant for the passengers. The dining-
room, .which is one of the nicest sections of the ship, is finished in mahogany and satinwood, presenting a
most impressive appearance together
with the many other prettily arranged
objects dotted about the spacious room.
The chairs and tables are all made of
mahogany and a good number of persons can be accommodated at each sitting.
The social hall and smoking room are
two parts of the ship deserving of mention, owing to the excellent manner
in which they have.been fitted up. The
class of work is of the best and casts
credit on the builders, Bow, McLachlin
& Co., Paisley, Scotland. It is all done
in  hardwood  and    the  effect  is    most
' pleasing.
On the boat deck are several metallic
and wooden life-boats together with
rafts and life-belts. Her decks afford
passengers every opportunity for viewing the scenery along the route. The
promenade deck opens off a commodious observation room. The Mary is
also equipped with a fine Marconi wireless  instrument.
She is a .twin screw vessel, driven by
two sets of engines with cylinders of
16. 27, 44, producing a stroke of 30" inches. AVhen opened out to the limit
she is able to make fifteen knots, although on the trip from the Old Country she was running at ten knots.
Steam is provided by two boilers 16 feet
in diameter and 13 feet long with a forced draught under the closed stokehold
system. The Mary's length is 210 feet,
her beam 40 feet at the deck and 37
feet at the waterline, and a depth of
16 feet. She has several upLto-date
winches and is well able to handle
large quantities of freight. Throughout she^s built of steel, except the pilot
house, and to class 100 Al at Lloyd's.
Capt. C. H. Oxlade, formerly on one
of the Pacific Empresses, was sent to
the Clyde to bring out the steamer, and
Chief Engineer Tham,  formerly of the
- Tees, who went from here to join the
new steamer at Paisley, was in charge
of the engines. J. H. Arnold is the
wireless operator. The Princess Mary
made calls en route at St. Vancent,
Montevideo, Puntas Arenas, Coronel,
Callao and San Francisco. She left thej
last-named port on Sunday last after'
spending two days there replenishing!
her coal supply. About 8 o'clock this
morning the first word of her since she
left    the  Golden    Gate  was    received,
on the decks. . Capt. Cowley, who has
crossed the Pacific- ocean many times
and has seen some pretty tough voyages, accredits this passage as being
the worst he has ever experienced.
In mid-Pacific the Suveric was battered severely, and with the wind on
her beam she rolled badly, constantly
dipping her rails under and shipping
large quantities of water, which flooded her decks. The officers say that the
waves ran mountains high and that as
they fell upon the ship they pounded
her badly, although no damage was
done. As she drove her nose into a
gigantic comber her stern would raise
and the propeller would commence
The Sunday gale was, however, the
worst encountered, for it blew at a velocity of 75 miles an hour. The sea was
beat up into turbulent rage, the Weir
liner laboring in the surface, and as the
big waves boarded her swept her clean
from stem to stern. When the vessel
made fast at the William Head quarantine station last night the officers
wer,e thankful that the passage was
As cargo for Victoria the Suveric
brought several hundred tons of freight
consisting of rice, soy, matting, and
other Japanese and Chinese merchandise. In all she had but 3,000 tons, including 160 bales of silk.
Fifteen Russians, travelling as steerage and bound for Seattle, arrived on
the vessel to take up farming in the


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