Princess fleet

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SS Princess Sophia, circa 1912

The Princess fleet is an eponym for the coastal vessels of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in the first half of the 20th Century.[1] The names of these small ocean liners began with the title "Princess."

The ships of the British Columbia Coast Steamships came to be called "pocket liners" because they offered amenities like a great ocean liner, but on a smaller scale.[2] The CPR princesses were a coastal counterpart to CPR's "Empress" fleet of passenger liners which sailed on trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic routes.[3]

James William Troup is credited with conceiving and building the Princess fleet. In 1913, 10 of the 12 Princess ships in the coastal fleet had been built to the orders of Capt. Troup.[4]

Princess fleet[edit]

PRINCESSES OF THE CANADIAN PACIFIC STEAMSHIP FLEET
Active Service Vessel Name Launch Date Maiden Voyage Other Names Notes Loss / Decommission Date
Canadian Pacific Railway (1884–1915)
1869 Princess Louise 1869 1869 Olympia (1869–79) 1906
1888 Princess May[5] 1888 1888 SS Arthur, 1888–1896; SS Cass, 1896; SS Ninghchow, 1896–1899; SS Hating, 1899–1901 1935
1902 SS Princess Patricia I[6] 1902 1902 SS Queen Alexandra, 1902–1912 1937
1903 Princess Beatrice[7] 1903 1903 1929
1903 SS Princess Victoria[8] 1902 1903 1952
1907 SS Princess Ena[9] 1907 1907 1936
1907 Princess Royal[10] 1907 1907 1933
1908 SS Princess Charlotte[11] SS Mediterranean, 1950–1965 1965
1910 SS Princess Adelaide[12] 1910 1910 SS Angelika, 1949–1967 1967
1910 SS Princess Mary[13] 1910 1910 1954
1911 SS Princess Alice[14] 1911 1911 SS Aegaeon, 1949–1966 Pacific coast, 1911–1949; Mediterranean, 1949–1966 1966
1912 SS Princess Sophia[15] 1911 1912 Pacific coast, 1912–1918 1918
1913 SS Princess Maquinna[16] 1912 1913 1962
1913 SS Island Princess[17] 1913 1913 SS Daily 1913-1918, SS Cy Peck, 1930–1986 1986
1914 SS Princess Margaret[18] 1914 1914 1929
1915 SS Princess Irene[19] 1914 1915 converted minesweeper, blew up Sheerness 27.5.15 1915
Canadian Pacific Steamships Ocean Services Ltd. (1915–1971)
1921[20] SS Princess Louise[21] 1921 1921 U.S. Largest Floating Restaurant, Los Angeles Harbor 1966 1990
1923 MV Motor Princess[22] 1923 1923 MV Pender Queen, 1961–1980 sold as a hotel at Saltspring Island, BC in 1981
1925[20] SS Princess Kathleen[23] 1924 1925 Pacific coast, 1925–1939; war years, 1939–1947; Pacific coast, 1947–1952 1952
1925[20] SS Princess Marguerite I[24] 1924 1925 1942
1928[20] SS Princess Elaine[25] 1927 1928 floating restaurant, Seattle 1963-71 1976
1928[20] Princess Norah[26] 1928 1928 SS Queen of the North, 1955–1958; SS Canadian Prince, 1958–1964 1964
1930[20] SS Princess Elizabeth[27] 1930 1930 SS Pegasus, 1961–1973; SS Highland Queen, 1973–1976 1976
1930[20] SS Princess Helene[28] 1930 1930 SS Helene, 1963–1965; SS Carina II, 1965–1967; SS Carina, 1967–1977 Bay of Fundy, 1930–1963 1977
1930[20] SS Princess Joan[29][30] 1930 1930 SS Hermes, 1961–1974 1974
1944 SS Trailer Princess[31] 1944 1944 SS Coronis, 1944–1966
1945 SS Princess of Alberni[32] 1945 1945 SS Pomare, 1948–1953; SS Nootka Prince', 1958-1959; SS Ocean Crown, 1959-1985 1985
1946 SS Yukon Princess[33] 1945 1946 SS West Princess, 1959; SS Rosita, 1959-1964 1964
1949 TEV Princess Marguerite II[34] 1948 1949 1996
1949 TEV Princess Patricia II[35] 1948 1949 1989
1950 SS Princess of Nanaimo[36] 1950 1951 SS Princess of Acadia, 1963-1971; MV Princess of Nanaimo, 1971-73; SS Henry Osborne, 1973-1974 Pacific coast, 1949-1963; Bay of Fundy, 1963-1971 1974
1955 MV Princess of Vancouver[37] 1955 1955 MV Vancouver Island Princess, 1987-1993; MV Nan Hai Ming Zhu, 1991-2001; MV Pearl of South China Sea, 2001- Pacific coast, 1955-1990
1971 MV Princess of Acadia[38] 1971 1971 Bay of Fundy, 1971-

Former ferries of CP Steamships that were absorbed by Washington Marine Group (WMG) in 1998. Two years before WMG had gained full control of Seaspan.

Trailer and rail ferries
Active Service Vessel Name Launch Date Maiden Voyage Notes Current Status
1973 Carrier Princess Seaspan uses the same name after 1998. Still in service for Seaspan.
1974 Princess Superior Originally named the Incan Superior when built. Renamed Princess Superior in 1993 for Coastal Marine Operations, Seaspan uses the same name after 1998. Still in service for Seaspan.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hacking, Norman R. (1995). Prince Ships of Northern B.C.: Ships of the Grand Trunk Pacific and Canadian National Railways, p. 16, p. 16, at Google Books; excerpt; "... creating the CPR's Princess fleet, of which the two largest vessels wer the Princess Victoria of 1903 and Princess Charlotte of 1908. See also Turner, Robert D. (1987). West of the Great Divide : an Illustrated History of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia, 1880-1986, p. 65.
  2. ^ Steamship Historical Society of America. (1940). Steamboat Bill (US), Vol. 54, p. 206.
  3. ^ Southall, A.E. (1907). Imperial year book for Dominion of Canada, p. 202, p. 202, at Google Books; excerpt, "... in 1891, the far-famed "Empress" fleet was inaugurated."
  4. ^ Musk, George. (1981). Canadian Pacific: The Story of the Famous Shipping Line, p. 81.
  5. ^ Miramar Ship Index, SS Princess May, ID# 1109860
  6. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Patricia I, ID# 1115685
  7. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Beatrice, ID# 1116405
  8. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Victoria, ID# 1115953
  9. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Ena, ID#1122387
  10. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Royal, ID#1121988
  11. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Charlotte, ID# 5523054
  12. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Adelaide, ID# 5501730
  13. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Mary, ID# 1126950
  14. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Alice, ID#5500364
  15. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Sophia, ID#130620
  16. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Maquinna, ID# 1133769
  17. ^ Miramar, SS Island Princess, ID# 2211501
  18. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Margaret, ID# 5603800
  19. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Irene, ID# 6104902
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h Fournier, Leslie Thomas. (1981). Railway Nationalization in Canada: the Problem of the Canadian National Railways, p. 203., p. 203, at Google Books
  21. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Louise, ID# 1150555
  22. ^ Miramar, MV Motor Princess, ID# 5412959
  23. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Kathleen, ID#1150908
  24. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Marguerite I, ID# 1150910
  25. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Elaine, ID# 1154739
  26. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Norah, ID# 5505983
  27. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Elizabeth, ID# 5272866
  28. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Helene, ID#5411515
  29. ^ Ships List, Princess Joan
  30. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Joan, ID# 5149124
  31. ^ Miramar, SS Trailer Princess, ID# 6118916
  32. ^ Miramar, SS Princess of Alberni, ID# 6121085
  33. ^ Miramar, SS Yukon Princess, ID# 1176046
  34. ^ Miramar, SS Princess Marguerite II, ID# 5284900
  35. ^ Miramar, TEV Princess Patricia II, ID# 5284924
  36. ^ Miramar, SS Princess of Nanaimo, ID#5408063.
  37. ^ Miramar, MV Princess of Vancouver, ID#5284998
  38. ^ Miramar, MV Princess of Acadia, ID#7039567

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