MV Lady Rose
Lady Rose in Vancouver harbor in the 1940s.
|Name:||MV Lady Rose|
|Owner:||Initially Union Steamship Company of British Columbia|
|Operator:||Union Steamship Co of BC, 1937–1951|
|Builder:||A. & J. Inglis, Pointhouse Shipyard, Glasgow|
|Launched:||Wednesday, 17 March 1937|
|Out of service:||After 2004 and before 2009|
|Status:||Awaiting restoration as a floating restaurant|
|Class & type:||coastal motorship|
|Tonnage:||199 gross tons|
|Length:||105 ft (32 m)|
|Beam:||21 ft (6 m)|
|Depth:||14 ft (4 m) depth of hold|
|Installed power:||diesel engine|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)|
|Capacity:||130 passengers (summer license); 25 tons cargo|
Design and construction
Originally a Union Steamship Company of British Columbia vessel, she was the smallest ship ever custom ordered for them. She was built 1937 at A. & J. Inglis in Glasgow and originally christened Lady Sylvia when launched in 1937. The ship was 104.8 feet long, with a 21.2 foot beam and 14.3 depth of hold. The ship's overall size was 199 gross tons. The original engines were built by the National Gas and Oil Company, an English firm, and consisted of the main unit, a 220 horsepower diesel engine with a 28 horsepower reserve unit, The ship's speed was 11.5 knots. The ship was licensed to carry 130 people in the summer and 70 in the winter. Cargo capacity was 25 tons.
She was designed for the sheltered coastal waters of British Columbia. However, this was the first diesel powered vessel to cross the Atlantic driven by a single propeller. She is the last survivor of the USS fleet. She operated on routes between Port Alberni, Bamfield and Ucluelet, all near or on Barkley Sound.
In 1951 Union Steamship sold Lady Rose to Harbour Navigation Company.
Owned by Lady Rose Marine Services, she remained a vital cargo link to Bamfield until the begin of the 21st century, although her primary cargo has always been passengers, as she was built as a day-tripper for Union Steamship. She will be restored and used in Tofino as a floating restaurant at Jamie’s Whaling Station by 2012.
- Henry, Tom, The Good Company – An Affectionate History of the Union Steamships, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC (1994) ISBN 1-55017-111-9