SS Princess Patricia

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The Princess Patricia was the first ship to operate for Princess Cruises, one of the largest lines in the world when she was built 1949. Stanley MacDonald chartered a Canadian Pacific ferry in 1965. He intended to monopolize the winter cruising market by operating out of Los Angeles and cruising to Acapulco, Mexico.[1] This is the period where most ships would be laid up.

The second of Canadian Pacific Line's two 356 foot long, 56 foot wide, 5,611/6,062 ton (1963 refit) Fairfield Shipyards, Scotland-built west Pacific coast steam turbine passenger ships, the SS Princess Patricia was named in 1949 for Princess Patricia of Connaught. She was retired from Alaskan cruising services in 1978, used as a floating hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia for their 1986 World's Fair before being finally scraped in Taiwan in 1995.


  1. ^ Grace, Michael L. (6 August 2009). "The origin of Princess Cruises and their naming the "Princess" ships". Cruising the Past. Retrieved 30 December 2014.