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First SEAPLANE to land Passengers at Victoria, B.C.

William Boeing owned a biplane named C-700 which carried the first International "Air-Mail" from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Seattle, Washington, USA on March 3, 1919. The aircraft was piloted by Eddie Hubbard.

See the following for additional information on the plane:

From late 1919, Eddie Hubbard then flew the B-1 mail plane on the same mail route.

First flight: Dec. 27, 1919
Model number: 6
Classification: Civil flying boat
Span: 50 feet 3 inches
Length: 31 feet 3 inches
Gross weight: 3,850 pounds
Top speed: 90 mph
Cruising speed: 80 mph
Range: 400 miles
Ceiling: 13,300 feet
Power: 200-horsepower Hall-Scott L-6 or 400-horsepower Liberty engine
Accommodation: 1 pilot, 2 passengers

Form more information on the B-1 see:

On the 14th August, 1920, the B-1 carried the first passengers to be landed from an aircraft at the port of Victoria, British Columbia. The immigration officials must have been puzzled about how to record the arrival of the passengers, so used a standard manifest form, slightly amended.

Vessel's Name: B (1)
Master's Name: Ed. Hubbard
Tonnage: ----------
Number of Souls: 2 adults
S.S. Seaplane: B (1)
Line: W.E. Boeing (owner)
Sailed from: Seattle, Wash. on August 14th 1920
Arrived at: Victoria on August 14th 1920 at 4.30 pm.
Landed at: 4.40 pm., Saloon: 2 2nd Cabin: -- Steerage: -- Total: 2
Bill of Health: Clean No. held at Quarantine: Nil

The two American born passengers were tourists from Seattle, Washington and had both visited Canada before. The married/single status had not been entered.






26 (male)




21 (female)



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