SS Iroquois

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SS Iroquois
Owner: T.W. Paterson
Launched: 19 February 1900
Fate: Sank 10 April 1911
General characteristics
Type: Steamboat ferry
Length: 82 ft (25 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Capacity: 100 tons

SS Iroquois was a Canadian steamboat ferry active in British Columbia, Canada.[1] She was launched on 19 February 1900 at Port Moody. She ran from Sidney to Nanaimo, making stops at the southern Gulf Islands. In 1902, she was taken out of service, replaced by Strathcona.[citation needed] Three months later, Strathcona broke down, and Iroquois was returned to service.[citation needed]

On 10 April 1911, Iroquois was overloaded with poorly secured cargo and sank in a heavy storm when the cargo shifted as she left Sidney.[1][2] At least 21 people were killed and Iroquoiscaptain was charged with, but acquitted of, manslaughter.[2]

In 1980, Iroquois′ propeller was salvaged. It is part of a memorial in Iroquois Park, a municipal park in Sidney.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Transportation, S.S.Iroquois". Sidney Museum & Archives. Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Chown, Diana (23 May 2011). "1911 Sinking of SS Iroquois". North Saanich Online. Archived from the original on 2011-11-04. 
  3. ^ "Iroquois Park". Town of Sidney. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 

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