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SS Island Princess

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Completed  1913
Out of service  c. 1980
Builder  Matthew McDowell
In service  1913
Tonnage  230,400 kg
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Name  Island Princess (originally Daily and later Cy Peck)
Owner  Matthew McDowell, Canadian Pacific Railway, Gulf Islands Ferry Company
Route  Puget Sound (Vashon and Maury Islands); Gulf Islands

The steamboat Daily operated in the early 1900s as part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. In later years, Daily was renamed Island Princess and later Cy Peck.

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Construction

Daily was built in 1913 by Matthew McDowell at his yard at Caledonia, near Tacoma. Daily was one of the larger vessels built by Captain McDowell, 116' long, 25' on the beam, 8' depth of hold and rated at 254 tons. Daily was the seventh Puget Sound passenger and freight vessel built by Captain McDowell. Daily was a classic example of a mixed-used Puget Sound mosquito fleet vessel, as shown by photos published and drawings prepared by Professor Turner.

Operations

Daily was placed on the Seattle-Tacoma route, running via points on Vashon and Maury islands.

Sale to Canadian Pacific Railway

In 1918, Daily was sold to the coastal service of the Canadian Pacific Railway, who renamed her Island Princess. CPR put her in the Gulf Islands service, where she made a significant improvement. She was the smallest vessel in the CPR Fleet. Island Princess (ex Daily) ran for CPR from 1918 to 1930. She served points on North Pender, South Pender, Mayne, Galiano, and Saltspring Islands.

Sale to Gulf Islands Ferry Co.

CPR’s Gulf Island service was proving successful, so Captain Troup, the head of CPR’s steamship division, decided to replace Island Princess with the old CPR steamer Charmer in 1927. Unlike Island Princess, Charmer had been rebuilt to carry automobiles. In 1930, CPR sold Island Princess to the Gulf Islands Ferry Company which renamed her Cy Peck after British Columbia war hero and politician Cyrus Wesley Peck. Unfortunately but probably inevitably the new owners rebuilt her to carry automobiles.

Later career

Cy Peck (ex Island Princess ex Daily) must have been a well-built boat, as she was still in regular operation in British Columbia waters (on the Fulford Harbour-Swartz Bay crossing) as late as 1956. In 1961, BC Ferries purchased the Cy Peck along with other Gulf Island ferries, keeping her as a relief vessel at Fulford Harbour. In 1966, she was sold to J.H. Todd & Sons for use as a floating fishing camp. In 1975, she was reported still extant in private use on Saltspring Island at the town of Ganges. A replica of the ship's wheelhouse can be found on the Ganges waterfront.

References

SS Island Princess Wikipedia


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