The Pacific Princesses: An Illustrated History of Canadian Pacific Railway's Princess Fleet on the Northwest Coast

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An Illustrated History of the Canadian Pacific Railway's Princess Fleet on the Northwest Coast by Robert D. Turner The Pacific Princesses were the finest and most elegant coastal steamships on the Northwest Coast of North America. For over one hundred years, the Princesses and their predecessors provided the communication links, the routes to market and often the only means of travel along the rugged, glaciercarved Pacific coast. These famous steamships, still remembered with affection and fondness, were household names all along the coast. Beginning with the Princess May and the beautiful Princess Victoria, the fleet grew to include such wellremembered vessels as the Princesses Charlotte, Patricia, Alica, Adelade, Maquinna, Louise, Joan, Elizabeth, Marguerite, Kathleen, Elaine,and Norah. Included are sections on the great rate war between the Puget Sound Navigation Co. and the CPR just after the turn of the century; stories of the Alaska gold rush; tragic shipwrecks; the steamers of the famed Triagle Route between Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle; and the romantic night boats and the devopment of the modern automobile ferries. The steamships played a formative role in the development of the north Pacific coast of North America and the CPR's Princesses will long have a place in its history. With over 300 photographs and illustrations, drawings, maps, timetables, a full bibliography and index. Beautifully designed and printed, and of the same high quality as its companion volume, The Pacific Empresses, The Pacific Princesses is an essential addition to any history or ship-lover's library.

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Robert D. Turner is a multi-award-winning author of fifteen books, with several more in the works, and over 350 articles on railway and steamship history. He has had several thousand photographs published in books, magazines and journals as well as presented in exhibits. He is Curator Emeritus at the Royal British Columbia Museum, where he was Chief of Historical Collections for many years. Bob has travelled around the world photographing and documenting surviving early railways, the lives of workers and communities, and industrial history in South American, Africa, many parts of Asia and Europe. Among other projects, since 1988 he has been Project Historian at the SS Moyie National Historic Site at Kaslo, BC, where a major restoration is underway on the world's oldest passenger sternwheeler. For his work on Canadian railway history he received the Canadian Railroad Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob was writer in residence at Pierre Berton House in Dawson City in the spring of 2009. He lives in Victoria, BC. "Bob's pure magic to those who've ships and trains in their blood." -- Charles Lillard. "Turner is unquestionably the leading authority on B.C. transportation history, having produced seven books, with two more on the way." BC Bookworld

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