Capilano (steamboat)

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Capilano (steamship) in Vancouver Harbor 1925.jpg
Capilano in Vancouver Harbor, 1925, backing away from a landing.
Name: Capilano
Owner: Union Steamship Co of BC
Route: coastal British Columbia
Builder: BC Marine Ways
In service: 1920
Out of service: 1949
Identification: Canada registry #141709
Fate: Dismantled
General characteristics
Type: coastal steamship
Tonnage: 374 gross tons
Length: 135 ft (41 m)
Beam: 20 ft (6 m)
Depth: 8 ft (2 m) depth of hold
Installed power: triple expansion steam engine, 750 hp (560 kW)
Speed: 14.5 knots (27 km/h)

Capilano was a steamship built in 1920 in British Columbia, which served until 1949.

Design and construction[edit]

Capilano was built in 1920 at the BC Marine Ways for the Union Steamship Company. The triple expansion steam engine for the Capilano came from the Puget Sound steamer Washington, and was rated at 750 horsepower (560 kW).[1] Union Steamship had acquired the assets of the All Day Line, which included a steamboat route from Vancouver to Selma Park, British Columbia.[2] (Selma Park is now a neighorhood of Sechelt, BC.) Capilano was built for this route.

Capilano was built of wood, and was 135 feet (41 m) long with a beam of 20 feet (6.1 m) and 8-foot (2.4 m) depth of hold.[3][4] The ship had a speed of 14.5 knots (27 km/h).[5]


Capilano operated on a route running along the Sunshine Coast of mainland British Columbia.


Capilano was withdrawn from service in 1949.[6]


  1. ^ Newell 1966, p. 242.
  2. ^ Newell 1966, p. 306.
  3. ^ Newell 1966, p. 246.
  4. ^ "Registered Canadian Steamships 1817-1930 over 75 feet". The New Mills' List. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  5. ^ National Magazine of Shipping 1922, p. 22.
  6. ^ Newell 1966, p. 566.


  • Newell, Gordon R, ed. (1966). H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle: Superior Publishing. 
  • "Pacific Marine Review". The National Magazine of Shipping. San Francisco: JS Hines for the Pacific American Steamship Association. 19: 22. 1922. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Rushton, Gerald A (1974). Whistle up the Inlet – The Union Steamship Story. J.J. Douglas.