SS Prince Rupert

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The Grand Trunk Pacific Steamship Prince Rupert
Name: Prince Rupert
Port of registry: United Kingdom Prince Rupert
Builder: Swan Hunter, Wallsend-on-Tyne
Launched: 13 December 1909
In service: 4 June 1910
Out of service: 1956
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Passenger ship
Length: 307.6 ft (93.8 m)
Draft: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Propulsion: twin screw steamer
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Notes: Displacement=3379 tons

The Grand Trunk Steamship Prince Rupert and her sister ship SS Prince George served the coast of British Columbia and Alaska.[1] Prince Rupert had a 46-year career serving northern ports from Vancouver, British Columbia, from 1910 to 1956.[2]:223

Originally, the two ships served on regular runs from Seattle, Washington, to Victoria, Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Stewart, British Columbia. Seattle and Victoria were dropped from the route after a few years and Skagway, Alaska, was added. From 1925, ownership of both Prince Rupert and Prince George was transferred along with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway system to the Government of Canada to be operated as part of the Canadian National Railway. [3]

On August 22, 1927, Prince Rupert went aground on Ripple Rock. Captain Andy Johnstone of the competing Union Steamship Company of British Columbia manoeuvred his ship Cardena alongside and pulled Prince Rupert off the reef, saving her from almost certain disaster.[4]:109

Prince Rupert was sold for scrap in 1956. A Japanese scrap company bought her, renamed her SS Prince Maru, and took her on her final voyage from Vancouver to Japan, where she was broken up later in the year.

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  1. ^ Grand Trunk Pacific Steamship "Prince Rupert", Library Of Congress
  2. ^ Hacking, Norman R.; Lamb, W. Kay (1974), The Princess Story, A Century and a Half of West Coast Shipping (Second ed.), Vancouver: Mitchell Press, ISBN 0-88836-002-9 
  3. ^ Library and Archives Canada. "Grand Trunk Pacific Coast Steamship Company, Limited". Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  4. ^ Rushton, Gerald A. (1974). Whistle Up the Inlet, The Union Steamship Story. Vancouver: J.J. Doulas. ISBN 0-88894-057-2. 

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