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The Fleets

Canadian Pacific Line / Canadian Pacific Railway Co. (CPR) / Canadian Pacific Ocean Services (CPOS)

In 1884 the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. entered into shipowning and three steamers were built to operate Great Lakes services. These ships sailed across the Atlantic, were cut in half at Montreal, towed to Buffalo and rejoined. In 1886 regular passenger services were started between Montreal and Port Moody and in 1887 a service between Vancouver and the Orient commenced with chartered vessels, to be followed in 1891 by the company's own "Empress" ships. The Columbia and Kootenay River Navigation Co. was purchased in 1890 and this enabled CPR to enter the sternwheeler traffic of the Canadian Rockies lakes and river trade. The same year, passenger routes were established between Toronto, Montreal and Chicago. A Vancouver - Victoria service started in 1897 and in 1901 the ships and coastal services of the Canadian Pacific Navigation Co were acquired. Transatlantic passenger services commenced in 1903 when the fleet and North Atlantic interests of Elder Dempster & Co and their subsidiary Beaver Line were taken over and the following year, a regular service between Seattle and Victoria BC was inaugurated. The Bay of Funday route started in 1912 and in 1913 CPR and Allan Line started joint co-operation in victualling and stores depots and the two fleets eventually merged, but this was not formally announced until Jan. 1916. Most of CPR's fleet was requisitioned for war service in 1914 and in 1915 Canadian Pacific Ocean Services was formed to operate the combined CPR / Allan Line fleets. In 1921 the title of the operating company became Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd. On the outbreak of war in 1939, Canadian Pacific placed all their ships at the disposal of the government and several were taken over as troopships. In the 1960s with the advent of air travel and cargo containerisation, the passenger ships were gradually sold and new container and bulk cargo vessels built.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or the Immigrant Ship web site.

1923 advertisement
Routes:— brackets indicate occasional calls only
  • PacificCP Pacific poster
      • 1891-1979 Vancouver - (Hawaii) - Yokohama - Shanghai - (Manila) - Hong Kong
      • 1893-1960 Victoria - Vancouver
      •                    Vancouver - Victoria - Seattle - Vancouver
      •                    Vancouver - Nanaimo
      •                    Vancouver - Alaska
      •                    Vancouver - Victoria - West Coast of Vancouver Island
  • Atlantic
      • 1903-1979 Liverpool - Quebec - Montreal (summer)
      •                    Liverpool - St. John, NB (winter)
      • 1913-1914 Trieste - Gibraltar - Quebec - Montreal
      • 1919-1929 Antwerp - Southampton - Quebec - Montreal
      • 1919-1930 Hamburg - Southampton - Quebec - Montreal
      • at various times London - Antwerp - Quebec - Montreal
      •                    Avonmouth - Quebec - Montreal 
      •                        Glasgow - Belfast - Quebec - Montreal
  • British Columbia Rivers and Lakes
      • 1893 -        Columbia River, Okanagan Lake, Arrow Lake, Kootenay River, Slocan Lake
      • 1897-1898 Stikine River service between Wrangell, Alaska and Glenora, BC (gold rush service)
  • Great Lakes
      • 1884-1912 Owen Sound - Soo Canal - Port Arthur / Fort William
      • 1912-1967 Port McNicholl - Soo Canal - Port Arthur / Fort William
      • 1937-1967 Port McNicholl - Milwaukee - Chicago
  • Bay of Fundy
      • 1912-1940 Kingsport - Parrsboro - Wolfville, Nova Scotia
      • 1913-1978 Digby - St.John, NB
Liners | BC Coastal Services | Bay of Fundy Ships | Rail Ferries | Great Lakes Ships | B.C. Lake & River Steamers
 

Funnel:
1887-1906 Buff
1906-1921 Buff, black top
1921-1946 Buff
1946-1968 Buff with representation of house flag
1968-2004 Green, white semicircle with dark green triangle
2005-         Blue with representation of house flag

1887 - 1906
1921 - 1946
1906 - 1921 1946-1968 1968 - 2004 2005 -
Fleet:          
 
    LINERS  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Abyssinia 1870 1887 chartered from Guion Line, 1891 returned to Guion and destroyed by fire at sea. 3,651
Alsatian 1914 1917 taken over from Allan Line, 1919 renamed Empress of France (1), 1934 scrapped. 18,481
Aorangi 1924 1931 - 1953 (owned jointly by CP and Union SS Co. of New Zealand and operated as Canadian Australasian Line), 1940 requisitioned as troopship, 1948 resumed service, 1953 scrapped. 17,491
Athenian 1881 1897 purchased from Union Line, 1899 chartered to US Gov't, 1901 returned to CP, 1907 scrapped. 3,877
Balfour   see Montezuma (2)  
Batavia 1870 1887 chartered from Guion Line, 1891 returned to owners, 1892 renamed Tacoma. 2,549
Batsford 1914 1918 purchased from Century Shipping Co, 1927 sold to Turnbull Coal & Shipping Co, renamed Hamdale. 4,782
Bawtry   see Mottisfont.  
Beaverash 1958 ex- Mimer , 1963 purchased from Norway renamed Beaverash, 1969 sold to Friendship Shipping Co., Greece renamed Zanet. 4,529
Beaverbrae (1) 1927 1941 bombed and sunk in North Atlantic. 9,956
Beaverbrae (2) 1939 ex- Huascaran (Hapag), 1945 to CP as war reparations renamed Beaverbrae, 1954 sold to Cia. Genovese d'Armamento, Genoa renamed Aurelia. 9,034
Beaverburn (1) 1927 1940 torpedoed and sunk in North Atlantic. 9,874
Beaverburn (2) 1944 ex- Empire Captain , 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Beaverburn, 1960 sold to Ben Line renamed Bennachie. 9,875
Beavercove 1947 1952 renamed Maplecove for Pacific service, 1956 reverted to Beavercove, 1963 sold to Costa Line, Italy renamed Giovanna Costa. 9,824
Beaverdale 1928 1941 torpedoed and sunk in North Atlantic. 9,957
Beaverdell 1946 1952 renamed Mapledell for Pacific service, 1956 reverted to Beaverdell, 1963 sold to Costa Line, Genoa renamed Luisa Costa. 9,901
Beaverelm 1960 ex- Roga , 1962 purchased from Aktieselskapet Asplund,Norway renamed Beaverelm, 1971 sold to Nan-Yang Shipping Co., Macao, renamed Hengshan. 3,964
Beaverfir 1961 1972 sold to Arion Shipping Corp, Monrovia, renamed Arion. 4,539
Beaverford (1) 1928 1940 sunk with all hands by German battleship ADMIRAL SCHEER while protecting convoy after JERVIS BAY had been sunk. 10,042
Beaverford (2) 1944 ex- Empire Kitchener , 1946 purchased from MOWT renamed Beaverford, 1962 sold to Alliance Marine Corp., Hong Kong, renamed Hulda. 9,881
Beaverglen 1946 1963 sold to Hibiscus Ltd, Bermuda, renamed Bermuda Hibiscus. 9,824
Beaverhill 1928 1944 wrecked on Hillyard's Reef, St. John, NB. 10,041
Beaverlake 1946 1962 sold to Costa Line, Genoa renamed Bice Costa. 9,824
Beaverlodge 1943 ex- Zealandic, 1952 purchased from Shaw, Savill & Albion Line renamed Beaverlodge, 1960 sold to Ben Line renamed Benhiant. 9,904
Beaveroak 1965 1970 converted to container ship renamed CP Ambassador, 1974 sold to Arion Shipping Corp, Liberia renamed Atalanta. 6,165
Beaverpine 1962 1971 converted to container ship renamed CP Explorer, 1973 sold to Arion Shipping Corp, Monrovia, renamed Moira. 4.514
Bedwyn   see Montezuma (2)
 
Belton   see Monteagle.  
Berwyn   see Mattawa.  
Bolingbroke   see Montcalm (2)  
Borden   see Methven.  
Bosworth 1918 ex- War Peridot , 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Bosworth, 1928 sold to H. M. Thomson & Co, London. 6,621
Bothwell 1918 ex- War Beryl , 1919 purchased from the Shipping Controller, London renamed Bothwell, 1929 laid up, 1933 sold to Counties Ship Management, London renamed Tower Crown. 6,723
Brandon   see Holbrook.  
Brecon   see Dunbridge.  
Bredon   see Holbrook.  
Bruton   see Sicilian.  
Calgarian 1913 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Rathlin Island 17,515
Carthaginian 1884 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1917 mined and sunk off Innistrahull, Ireland. 4,444
Corinthian 1900 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1918 wrecken on Brier Island, Bay of Fundy. 6,227
Corsican 1907 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1922 renamed Marvale, 1923 wrecked on Cape Pine, NF. 11,419
CP Ambassador   see Beaveroak.  
CP Explorer   see Beaverpine.  
Duchess of Atholl 1928 1939 converted to troopship, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in South Atlantic. 20,119
Duchess of Bedford 1928 1939 converted to troopship, 1947 returned to owners renamed Empress of France, 1960 scrapped. 20,123
Duchess of Richmond 1929 1940 converted to troopship, 1946 returned to owners, 1947 renamed Empress of Canada, 1953 burnt out and capsized in Liverpool docks, later scrapped. 20,022
Duchess of York 1928 1940 converted to troopship, 1943 set on fire by air attack off Morocco, torpedoed and sunk the following day. 20,021
Dunbridge 1917 1918 purchased from Century Shipping Co, 1923 renamed Brecon, 1928 sold to Goulandris Bros., Greece renamed Frangoula B. Goulandris. 6,650
Empress of Asia 1912 1914 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1916 returned to owners, 1941 converted to troopship, 1942 bombed and sunk at Singapore. 16,909
Empress of Australia (1)   see Empress of China (2)  
Empress of Australia (2) 1924 ex- De Grasse , 1953 purchased from French Line renamed Empress of Australia, 1956 sold to Grimaldi, Genoa renamed Venezuela. 19,379
Empress of Britain (1) 1905 1914 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1915 converted to troopship, 1919 returned to owners, 1924 renamed Montroyal, 1930 scrapped. 14,189
Empress of Britain (2) 1930 1940 bombed and sunk in North Atlantic (the largest British merchant ship lost in WW2) 42,348
Empress of Britain (3) 1956 1964 sold to Greek Line renamed Queen Anna Maria and used mainly for cruising. 1975 sold to Carnival Cruise Lines, Panama renamed Carnivale. 1993 sold renamed Fiestamarina, 1994 renamed Olympic, 1998 renamed The Topaz. To shipbreakers at Alang, India on 4th July 2008 and Beached on 5th July. (picture) 25,516
Empress of Canada (1) 1920 1939 converted to troopship, 1943 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine in South Atlantic; loss of 392 lives. 21,517
Empress of Canada (2)   see Duchess of Richmond.  
Empress of Canada (3) 1961 1972 sold to Carnival Cruise Line, Panama renamed Mardi Gras. 27,284
Empress of China (1) 1891 1911 wrecken in fog in Tokyo Bay. 5,905
Empress of China (2) 1913 ex- Tirpitz (Hapag), war reparations to CP 1921 renamed Empress of China, 1922 renamed Empress of Australia (1), 1939 converted to troopship, 1952 scrapped. 21,498
Empress of China (3) 1907 ex- Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm (North German Lloyd), war reparations to CP, 1921 renamed Empress of China (3), then Empress of India (2), 1922 renamed Montlaurier, 1925 renamed Monteith, 1925 renamed Montnairn, 1929 scrapped. 17,282
Empress of England 1956 1970 sold to Shaw, Savill & Albion Line renamed Ocean Monarch. 25,585
Empress of France (1)   see Alsatian.  
Empress of France (2)   see Duchess of Bedford.  
Empress of India (1) 1890 1914 sold to Maharajah of Gwalior, converted to hospital ship, renamed Loyalty. 5,905
Empress of India (2)   see Empress of China (3)  
Empress of Ireland 1906 1914 sunk in collision with s/s STORSTAD in St. Lawrence River; loss of 1,024 lives. (see also http://www.pbs.org/lostliners/empress.html ) 14,191
Empress of Japan (1) 1890 1914 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1915 returned to owner, 1922 laid up. 1926 scrapped. 5,905
Empress of Japan (2) 1929 1942 renamed Empress of Scotland (2), 1958 sold to Hamburg Atlantic Line renamed Hanseatic. 26,032
Empress of Russia 1912 1914 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1916 returned to owners, 1940 converted to troopship, 1945 destroyed by fire at Barrow during refit. 16,810
Empress of Scotland (1) 1905 ex- Kaiserin Auguste Victoria (Hapag), war reparations, 1921 to CP renamed Empress of Scotland (1), 1930 sold for scrap. 24,581
Empress of Scotland (2)   see Empress of Japan (2)  
Grampain 1907 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1921 gutted by fire at Antwerp abandoned to insurers, 1925 scrapped 9,603
Holbrook 1917 1918 purchased from Century Shipping Co., 1923 renamed Bredon, 1923 renamed Brandon, 1928 sold to South Georgia Whaling Co. 6,655
Ionian 1901 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1917 mined and sunk off Milford Haven. 8,268
Lake Champlain 1900 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1913 renamed Ruthenia, 1942 captured by Japanese, renamed Choran Maru, 1945 recaptured, 1949 scrapped in UK. 7,392
Lake Erie 1899 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1913 renamed Tyrolia, 1914 converted to troopship, then converted to dummy battleship HMS Centurion, 1916 sold to The Admiralty renamed Saxol. 7,550
Lake Manitoba 1901 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1918 gutted by fire at Montreal, sold to Bishop Nav.Co., renamed Iver Heath. 9,674
Lake Michigan 1901 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Eagle Island. 8,200
Maplecove   see Beavercove.  
Mapledell   see Beaverdell.  
Marburn   see Tunisian.  
Marglen   see Scotian.  
Marloch   see Victorian.  
Marvale   see Corsican.
 
Mattawa 1912 ex- Franktor , 1915 purchased from Palace Shipping Co renamed Mattawa, 1923 renamed Berwyn, 1928 sold to Kintyre SS Co, Liverpool renamed Kingarth. 4,874
Medora 1912 ex- Frankmount, 1915 purchased from Palace Shipping Co. renamed Medora, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Mull of Galloway. 5,135
Melita 1918 1935 sold for scrap but resold to Italia Line and became troopship Liguria 13,967
Metagama 1915 1930 laid up, 1934 scrapped. 12,420
Methven 1905 ex- Heliopolis, 1917 purchased from Harris & Dixon renamed Methven, 1923 renamed Borden, 1926 sold to Kulukundis, Greece renamed Perseus. 4,928
Milwaukee 1896 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Fastnet. 7,317
Miniota 1913 ex- Hackness, 1916 purchased from Pyman Bros., London renamed Miniota, 1917 torpedoed and sunk off Start Point. 6,422
Minnedosa 1918 1935 sold for scrap but taken over by Italian Government (Italia Line) for trooping and renamed Piemonte. 13,972
Missanabie 1914 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Kinsale, Ireland. 12,469
Monmouth 1900 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1919 sold to Imperial Oil Co., Toronto. 4,078
Montcalm (1) 1897 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1914 converted to dummy battleship HMS Audacious, 1916 transferred to Leyland Line and then sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co renamed Crenella. 6,981
Montcalm (2) 1917 1920 renamed Bolingbroke, 1929 laid up, 1933 scrapped. 6,608
Montcalm (3) 1920 1939 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Wolfe, 1941 used as troopship, 1942 sold to Admiralty as submarine depot ship. 16,418
Montclare 1921 1939 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1942 sold to Admiralty as submarine depot ship. 16,314
Monteagle 1899 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1923 renamed Belton, laid up, 1926 scrapped. 6,955
Monteith   see Empress of China (3)  
Monterey 1898 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1903 wrecked on Little Miquelon, St. Lawrence. 5,455
Montezuma (1) 1899 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1914 converted to dummy battleship HMS Iron Duke, 1915 sold to Admiralty converted to oil tanker, renamed Abadol. 7,345
Montezuma (2) 1907 1923 renamed Bedwyn, 1923 renamed Balfour, 1928 sold to Lyle SS Co. renamed Cape Verde. 5,038
Montfort 1899 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Bishop Rock. 7,087
Montlaurier   see Empress of China (3)  
Montnairn   see Empress of China (3)  
Montreal (1) 1899 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1915 converted to troopship, 1918 sank off River Mersey after collision with White Star Line's s/s CEDRIC. 8,644
Montreal (2) 1906 ex- Konig Friedrich August (Hapag), 1920 war reparations to CP renamed Montreal, 1927 laid up, 1928 sold to Fabre Line renamed Alesia. 9,720
Montrose (1) 1897 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1914 wrecked on Goodwin Sands, Kent. 5,440
Montrose (2) 1922 1939 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Forfar, 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 16,402
Montroyal   see Empress of Britain (1)  
Mottisfont 1917 1918 purchased from Harris & Dixon, London, 1923 renamed Bawtry, 1927 sold to Livanos, Greece renamed Archangelos. 5,692
Mount Royal 1898 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1914 converted to dummy battleship HMS Marlborough, 1916 sold to Admiralty converted to oil tanker renamed Rangol. 7,998
Mount Temple 1901 1903 taken over with Beaver Line, 1916 captured and sunk by German raider MOEWE in Atlantic. 8,790
Niagara 1913 1931 owned jointly by CP and Union SS Co. of New Zealand and operated as Canadian Australasian Line, 1940 mined and sunk off New Zealand. 13,415
Parthia 1870 1887 - 1891 chartered from Guion Line. 3,167
Pomeranian 1882 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Portland Bill; loss of 55 lives. 4,364
Pretorian 1901 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1922 laid up, 1926 scrapped. 6,508
Ruthenia   see Lake Champlain.  
Sardinian 1875 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1920 sold and hulked at Vigo. 4,349
Scandinavian 1898 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1923 scrapped. 12,099
Scotian 1898 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1922 renamed Marglen, 1927 scrapped. 10,322
Sicilian 1899 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1923 renamed Bruton, 1925 scrapped. 6,224
Tartar 1883 1897 purchased from Union Line, 1899 chartered to US Government, 1900 returned to CP, 1908 scrapped after grounding damage. 4,425
Tunisian 1900 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1922 renamed Marburn, 1928 scrapped. 10,576
Tyrolia   see Lake Erie.  
Victorian 1905 1917 taken over with Allan Line, 1922 renamed Marloch, 1929 scrapped. 10,635
Virginian 1904 1920 sold to Swedish American Line renamed Drottningholm. 10,757
 
    BRITISH COLUMBIA COASTAL SERVICES
(also see http://members.shaw.ca/gcsimpson/index.htm )
 
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Amur 1890 1901 taken over with Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1911 sold to Coastwise SS & Barge Co. 907
Beaver 1898 1901 taken over with Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1919 sold to Government of British Columbia. 545
Carrier Princess 1973 2004 still in service. 4,353
Charmer 1887 1901 taken over with Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1933 withdrawn from service, 1935 scrapped. 1,044
City of Nanaimo 1891 1901 taken over from Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway Co., 1912 sold to Termainal S.N. Co, Vancouver renamed Bowena. 761
Danube 1869 1901 taken over with Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1905 sold to British Columbia Salvage Co, converted to salvage vessel renamed Salvor. 887
Doris Yorke 1967 1968 - 1974 chartered from F. M. Yorke & Co. 2,000
Greg Yorke 1964 1964 - 1966 chartered from F. M. Yorke & Co. 2,443
Haida Transporter 1969 1969 - ? chartered from Kingcome Nav. Co., Vancouver. 2,553
Island Princess 1913 ex- Daily , 1918 purchased from McDowell & Co., Puget Sound renamed Island Princess, 1930 sold to Gulf Island Ferry Co., Victoria renamed Cy Peck. 339
Islander 1888 1901 taken over with Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1901 collided with iceberg and sank in Lynn Canal; loss of 65 lives. 1,495
Joan 1892 1905 taken over from Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway Co,, 1914 sold to Terminal S.N. Co, renamed Ballena. 821
Maude 1872 schooner, 1901 taken over with Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1903 sold to British Columbia Salvage Co. 175
Motor Princess 1923 1953 laid up, 1955 sold to G. Mouat, Ganges, BC. 1,243
Nanoose 1908 tug, 1940 laid up, 1946 sold to Comox Logging Co., sunk as breakwater. 305
Nootka 1919 ex- Emperor of Port McNicoll , 1926 purchased from Canadian Merchant Marine renamed Nootka, 1955 sold to Peru renamed Iquitos. 2,069
Otter 1900 1901 taken over with Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1928 laid up, 1931 sold to Gibson Bros, Vancouver. 366
Princess Adelaide 1910 1949 sold to Typaldos Bros, Piraeus renamed Angelika. 3,016
Princess Alberni 1945 ex- Pomare , 1953 purchased from Cia Pesquera Ambas Costa, Mexico renamed Princess Alberni, 1958 sold to Northland Nav. Co., renamed Nootka Prince. 538
Princess Alice 1911 1949 sold to Typaldos Bros, Piraeus renamed Aegaeon. 3,099
Princess Beatrice 1903 1928 scrapped. 1,290
Princess Charlotte 1908 1949 sold to Typaldos Bros., Piraeus renamed Mediterranean. 3,844
Princess Elaine 1928 1963 sold and converted to floating restaurant at Blaine, Wash. 2,027
Princess Elizabeth 1930 1960 sold to Epirotiki Lines, Piraeus renamed Pegasus. 5,251
Princess Ena 1907 1931 sold to F. Millerd & Co. 1,368
Princess Irene 1913 1915 converted to minelayer, 1915 destroyed by explosion at Sheerness; loss of 130 lives. 5,934
Princess Joan 1930 1960 sold to Epirotiki Line, Piraeus renamed Hermes. 5,251
Princess Kathleen 1925 1952 ran aground and later sank off Lena Point. 5,875
Princess Louise (1) 1869 ex- Olympia , 1901 taken over with Canadian Pacific Navigation Co. renamed Princess Louise, 1906 sold to Marpole MacDonald, Victoria. 932
Princess Louise (2) 1921 1964 sold to Shoreline Holdings, Vancouver, converted to hotel and restaurant. 4,032
Princess Maquinna 1912 1953 sold to Union SS Co., Vancouver renamed Taku. 1,777
Princess Margaret 1913 1914 converted to minelayer, 1919 sold to the Admiralty. 5,934
Princess Marguerite (1) 1924 1941 requisitioned as troopship, 1942 torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean; loss of 49 lives. 5,875
Princess Marguerite (2) 1948 1979 sold to British Columbia SS Co. 5,911
Princess Mary 1910 1952 sold to Union SS Co., renamed Bulk Carrier No.2. 1,697
Princess May 1888 ex- Hating , 1905 purchased from Marty & D'Abbadie, Haiphong, rebuilt to 1,717 tons renamed Princess May, 1919 sold to Princess May SS Co., managed by Standard Fruit Co. 1,394
Princess Norah 1928 1955 renamed Queen of the North, 1957 reverted to Princess Norah, 1958 sold to Northland Nav. Co. renamed Canadian Prince. 2,731
Princess of Nanaimo 1950 1963 transferred to Bay of Fundy service renamed Princess of Acadia. 1971 reverted to Princess of Nanaimo, 1972 renamed Henry Osborne, 1973 sold to Union Pipe & Mchy Co, Montreal. 6,787
Princess of Vancouver 1955 1973 renamed Vancouver Island Princess, 19?? sold to China renamed Nan Hai Ming Zhu. 5,554
Princess Patricia (1) 1902 ex- Queen Alexandra , 1910 purchased from J. Willaimson's Turbine Steamers Ltd renamed Princess Patricia, 1932 laid up, 1937 scrapped. 665
Princess Patricia (2) 1949 1963 converted for Alaska cruising, 1966 chartered to Princess cruises for Los Angeles - Acapulco service. 5,911
Princess Royal 1907 1931 sold and converted to sawdust carrier. 1,997
Princess Sophia 1911 1918 struck reef in Lynn Channel lost with all passengers and crew; loss of 343 lives. 2,320
Princess Victoria 1902 1950 laid up, 1952 sold to Tahsis & Co, Vancouver renamed Tahsis No.3. 1,943
Queen City 1894 1901 taken over from Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1916 burnt out at Victoria BC. 391
Queen of the North   see Princess Norah.  
R. P. Rithet 1882 1901 taken over from Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1909 sold to Terminal S.N. Co. renamed Baramba. 817
Tees 1893 1901 taken over from Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1923 sold to Pacific Salvage Co. renamed Salvage Queen. 679
Trailer Princess 1944 tons, ex- USS Coronis , 1966 purchased from US Navy renamed Trailer Princess. 2,689
Transfer 1893 1901 taken over from Canadian Pacific Navigation Co.,1909 sold to R. Jardine, New Westminster. 264
Veta C. 1952 1952 chartered from Union SS Co., 1953 returned to owner renamed Chelan. 520
Will W. Case 1878 1910 purchased from F. Starrat, Rockland, Ma, 1924 sold to Canadian Gov't and sunk as breakwater at Sidney, BC. 538
Willapa 1882 1901 taken over from Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 1902 sold to Bellingham Bay Transportation Co renamed Bellingham. 373
Yosemite 1862 1901 taken over from Canadian Pacific Navigation Co, 1906 sold to Puget Sound Excursion Co. (note: while once berthing at Seattle, she rammed her way 30ft into Seattle's Railroad Avenue, upsetting a horse and cart. She was remembered for years as the only ship ever to have rammed a horse!) 1,525
Yukon Princess 1946 ex- Island Connector , 1950 purchased from Clarke SS Co. renamed Yukon Princess, 1956 laid up, 1958 sold to Westley Shipping Co. renamed West Princess. 1,334
 
    BAY OF FUNDY SHIPS  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Boston 1890 1911 taken over from Dominion Atlantic Railway Co., 1912 sold to Eastern Steamship Corp. 1,694
Empress 1906 1916 purchased from Charlottetown SS Nav. Co., 1931 accommodation gutted by fire at St. John NB, 1934 sold to Dominion Coal Co. and hulked. 1,342
Kipawo 1925 1941 requisitioned as supply ship for Newfoundland bases, 1947 sold to Crosbie & Co., St. Johns, NF. 200
Prince Albert 1902 1911 taken over from Dominion Atlantic Railway Co., 1912 sold to Eastern SS Co. 112
Prince Arthur 1899 1911 taken over from Dominion Atlantic Railway Co., 1912 sold to Eastern SS Co. 2,041
Prince George 1898 1911 taken over from Dominion Atlantic Railway Co., 1912 sold to Eastern SS Co. 2,194
Prince Rupert 1894 1911 taken over from Dominion Atlantic Railway Co, 1919 sold to U.S. owners. 1,158
Princess Helene 1930 1963 sold to Marvic Nav. Inc., Liberia renamed Helene, resold to Chandris Lines renamed Carina II. 4,055
Princess of Acadia (1)   see Princess of Nanaimo.  
Princess of Acadia (2) 1971 1974 sold to Canadian Government but continued to be operated by CP, 1976 transferred to East Coast Marine & Ferry Service. 10,051
St. George 1906 1913 purchased from Great Western Railway Co., 1917 to UK as hospital ship, 1919 sold to Great Eastern Railway. 2,456
Yarmouth 1887 1911 taken over from Dominion Atlantic Railway Co., 1918 sold to North American SS Corp., Yarmouth, NS. 1,452
 
    RAIL FERRIES  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
(a) Pennsylvania - Ontario Transportation Co.
Ashtabula 1907 1958 scrapped after collision with s/s BEN MOREELL 2,670
(b) Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Nav. Co.
Maitland No. 1 1916 1932 laid up, 1942 requisitioned and converted to barge. 2,757
(c) CP Car & Passenger Transfer Co.  
Charles Lyon 1908 1929 purchased from D. H. Lyon, 1937 sold to J. Porter converted to barge. 1,658
Ogdensburg 1930 1970 withdrawn from service, 1972 sold to Windsor Detroit Barge Line. 1,405
Prescotont 1930 1970 withdrawn from service, 1972 sold to Windsor Detroit Barge Line. 302
(d) Windsor - Detroit.  
Assiniboia 1907 1965 cargo only, 1968 sold to Jal SS Line 3,880
Incan Superior 1974 1980 still in service. 3,838
Incan St. Laurent 1975 1977 sold to CN Maine renamed Georges Alexandre Lebe. 3,800
Keewatin 1907 1965 cargo only, 1966 sold to Marine Salvage, Port Colborne. 3,856
Michigan 1890 1915 laid up, 1924 sold to Newago Timber Co, converted to barge. 1,730
Ontario 1890 1925 sold to Newago Timber Co, converted to barge. 1,615
 
    GREAT LAKES SHIPS  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alberta 1883 1940 cargo only, 1946 sold to Florida as fruit carrier. 2,282
Algoma 1883 1885 wrecked on Isle Royale, Lake Superior. 2,272
Athabasca 1883 1946 sold to Florida as fruit carrier. 2,269
Manitoba 1889 1951 scrapped.
2,616
 
    B.C. LAKE & RIVER STEAMERS  
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aberdeen 1893 1916 withdrawn from service, 1919 scrapped. 554
Bonnington 1911 1931 sold to BC Government. 1,700
Constantine 1897 1898 sold to Alaska. 337
Dalton 1897 1901 sold to White Pass & Yukon Railway renamed Capital City. 552
Dawson 1897 1899 sold to British Yukon Navigation Co. 779
Duchesnay 1898 1899 sold to E. T. Rathbone. 277
Hamlin 1898 1901 sold to British Yukon Navigation Co. 515
Illeillewaet 1892 1897 purchased from Columbia & Kootenay Nav. Co, 1902 dismantled and became barge. 98
Kaleden 1910 1920 scrapped. 180
Kokanee 1896 1897 purchased from Columbia & Kootenay Nav. Co., 1923 scrapped. 348
Kootenay 1897 1920 sold and converted to houseboat. 1,117
Kuskanook 1906 1931 withdrawn from service, 1934 sold and converted to hotel at Nelson. 1,008
Lytton 1890 1897 purchased from Columbia & Kootenay Nav. Co., 1903 scrapped. 452
McConnell 1898 1901 sold to British Yukon Navigation Co. 496
Minto 1898 1954 presented to Nakusp Chamber of Commerce and used by Rotary Club. 829
Moyie 1898 1956 withdrawn from service and preserved at Kaslo, Kootenay Lake. 835
Nakusp 1895 1897 purchased from Columbia & Kootenay Nav. Co., 1897 burnt out at Arrowhead. 1,083
Nasookin 1913 1932 sold to Government of British Columbia, converted to vehicle ferry. 1,869
Nelson 1891 1897 purchased from Columbia & Kootenay Nav. Co., 1913 withdrawn from service, 1914 burnt by CP. 496
Ogilvie 1898 1901 sold to British Yukon Nav. Co. 741
Okanagan 1907 1934 laid up. 1938 hulked. 1,078
Rossland 1897 1916 sank under weight of snow. 884
Schwatka 1897 1904 sold. 484
Sicamous 1914 1930 cargo only, 1942 withdrawn from service, 1949 became museum at Penticton. 1,787
Slocan 1897 1928 sold to become warehouse for logging camp. 578
Trail 1896 1897 purchased from Columbia & Kootenay Nav. Co., 1900 withdrawn from service, 1902 destroyed by fire. 633
Tyrell 1893 1898 sold to British American Corporation. 678
Victoria 1898 1900 purchased from Nils Pierson, 1904 beached at Trout Lake and used as wharf and freight shed. 107
Walsh 1897 1902 sold. 337
  Most of the above ships were wooden built stern-wheelers.  

note: Canadian Pacific also owned a number of tugboats which are not listed.

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