SS Columbia (1896)

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SS Columbia (1896)
Name: Columbia
Owner: Columbia and Kootenay Steam Navigation Company, Canadian Pacific Railway
Route: Columbia River
Builder: Nakusp
Launched: 1896
Maiden voyage: 1896
In service: 1896-1920
Out of service: 1920
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Screw-driven tug
Tonnage: 50
Length: 77 feet (23 m)
Beam: 15 feet (4.6 m)
Depth: 6 feet (1.8 m)
Speed: 11 miles per hour (18 km per hour)

SS Columbia was a large screw-driven tugboat that operated on the Arrow Lakes and Columbia River in British Columbia, Canada.


She was built in 1896 at Nakusp, British Columbia for the increased freight traffic between Nakusp and Arrowhead due to the completion of the Nakusp and Slocan Railway. She was the only screw-driven tug built for the Columbia & Kootenay Steam Navigation Company, but many others were later built once the Canadian Pacific Railway company took ownership. Columbia was an important unit of the fleet because she was powerful and better suited to handling large railway transfer barges and freight barges than sternwheelers were. She was scrapped in 1920 and her machinery went to her replacement, a tug also called Columbia, built in 1920.[1]


  1. ^ Turner, Robert D. (1947). The Sicamous and the Naramata: Steamboat days in the Okanagan. Victoria: Sono Nis Press.