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SS Princess Norah

Built in Fairfields Shipyards, Yard #632, 
 In Govan, on the River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland,
by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company,
Company founded in 1834.
SS Princess Norah Launched Sept 27, 1927.

Made her Maiden Voyage, leaving Scotland, Dec 20, 1928.
She travelled thru the Panama Canal.
Arrived in Victoria BC, Jan 23, 1929.

Went into service as "SS Princess Norah", in 1929.
Operated from 1929 to 1954, 
Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd.

Canadian Pacific Steamships Limited was formed Oct 1, 1915
with G. M. Bosworth as the First President, and Chairman of the Board.
This was the first separation of Rail and Marine, for CPR.
Headquarters was to remain in Montreal.
Their Motto- "Bridging 2 Oceans, and Linking 4 Continents".
Then the name was changed to Canadian Pacific Steamships Ocean Services Ltd.
Then Sept 8, 1921 changed back to Canadian Pacific Steamships Limited.
G. M. Bosworth remained as Chairman of the Board.

My guess for who this ship was named after:
Princess Margaret of Connaught was the Duke of Connaught's daughter.
her real name slightly longer:
Princess Margaret Victoria Augusta Charlotte Norah
b- Jan 15, 1882, d- May 1, 1920
She was 18 in 1901.
She called herself an Irish woman.
She was called Princess Norah in her home circle.
She became Crown Princess of Sweden.
Duke of Connaught was the only surviving brother of King Edward VII

Mar 29, 1955 to 1957 name changed to "SS Queen of the North"
(note- Not to be confused with the car ferry MV Queen of the North)
Operated by CP and CN as a joint venture.
Like that was going to last!
Painted with a Blue Funnel, with a Black Top.

Jan 14, 1958 CPR announced the name was to be
 changed back to "SS Princess Norah"
They also quit going to Ketchikan at that time.
Stewart was the most northerly port they would go to.

1959 Name changed again to "SS Canadian Prince"
under the Northland Navigation Company.
Taken out of service in 1964

4 cylinder, Triple Expansion Compound Steam Engine
Single Propeller

Tonnage (Volume)- 2,731 gross tons (one ton equals 100 cu ft.)
Length- 262 ft (seen slightly different lengths in various sources)
Beam- 48 ft
Draught- 26 ft
Speed- 15.8 knots

Unusual part of this ship,
was a Rudder installed on the Bow of the Ship,
as well as the regular one on the Stern.
This helped it manoeuvre the narrow channels of the BC Coast.
See Popular Mechanics article, EXT link below 

Captain James William Troup,
In 1903, he was appointed Superintendent
of the British Columbia Coast Service,
 of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
He was credited with designing many ships for the CPR and others.
He retired in Aug 1928, so possibly one of his last designs.
 


SS Princess Norah ca 1959-1964
Northland Navigation Symbol,
Red Band with White Diamond (Rhombus shape), with a Black Letter N, on Funnel

Engines removed, and taken to Kodiak Alaska.
Turned into the "Beachcombers", bar, dance hall, restaurant, hotel
Remained open until Jan 1976
Late 1980's the hull was scrapped.


SS Princess Norah

The official Canadian Registry Number- 154848

Held 700 day passengers, 179 berths, in 61 staterooms

1929 the Governor General of Canada, Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas
Earl of Willingdon, was on board
for an excursion trip along the Islands and shores of Vancouver

Sept 11, 1939 the ship carried a Giant Baby Panda
to Seattle, where a plane was to take it to St. Louis Zoo.

During WWII it was under contract by US Army
to carry troops to Alaska.

These ships were considered very luxurious,
and miniatures of the CPR Empress ships.


Masters of This Ship

First Captain- Captain Edward Gillam

Captain Harry Murray- date ?

Captain Robert Thomson- Aug, 1931

Captain William Palmer- Feb 1939

Captain Martin MacKinnon- ca 1946

Captain Charles Robson- Aug 1952

Captain Thomas "Tom" Garrick- June 1961


Accidents Ship Involved In

4 am Thursday, Aug 27, 1931, ran aground in dense fog,
 at entrance to san Juan Harbour, near Port Renfrew
Captained by R. Thomson

Apr 1943- she ran aground on Zero Rock,
while travelling from Victoria to James Island, in Haro Strait.
Refloated and repaired in Esquimalt dry docks.


Genealogy and Bios of Men above

George Morris Bosworth
b- Jan 27, 1858, Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, New York, USA
d- July 26, 1925, in London England
Had an appendix operation just before he died.
he went to England, from Montreal,  June 3, 1925 on business.
He joined CPR in 1882.
buried in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal Quebec
Mount Bosworth in BC named after this man
Father- William C. B. Bosworth, b- NY, Bookkeeper,
 In 1880 living on Hamilton st., Ogdensburg NY
Mother- Elizabeth Linton, b- NB
married (1) Lucy Ross Medbury, Jan 4, 1887, Atlas, Genesee, Michigan, USA
b- Sept 11, 1868 in Detroit, Michigan, USA
d- June 15, 1902 at her home in Montreal, Quebec, from Pneumonia
daughter of Lewis O. Medbury, member of the Masons, in Detroit,
and Mary Eugenia Clark
Medbury family were from New Berlin, NY

George's daughter- Ruth Bosworth
b- Apr 20, 1887 in Michigan USA (death cert says born 1880)
d- Sept 17, 1965 in Montreal Quebec, age 77
she married Douglas Beresford Seely, Apr 21, 1910 in Montreal
b- June 30, 1882 in St. John NB
d- May 23, 1947, St. Andrews, NB
Ruth had 3 daughters:
 Ruth Medbury Seely
b- May 24, 1912 in Montreal
d- 2006
2 unknown

son- Samuel Medbury Bosworth
b- July 6, 1889 in Toronto, ON
d- Jan 17, 1927 in Surrey, England
Like his father he died in England,
Feb 2, 1927, buried in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec
He enlisted in WWI, May 20, 1915 in Montreal, Quebec
Occupation- Maufacturer
rank- Lieutenant Colonel
1925 shown as a Shipping Agent
from his will, living at 3 Dover-Mansions Canterbury Rd.,
Brixton, Surrey,
 Probate- London Sept 3, to Phyllis Aylward Bosworth, single woman.
Effects- 313 pounds, 16s, 6d
Phyllis married a Sears, and she died in 1966, not sure how she is related.
1901 George Bosworth family living in Hochelega Quebec

married (2) Augusta Alleyne (Allene) Louise Birchall, in 1905
b- Jan 21, 1883 in Toronto, ON
d- 1983
1921 wife shown as Allene, b- ON, age 38
Both living at Ritz Carleton Hotel in Montreal
Daughter of William Dorsett Birchall of Montreal
and Harriet Ida Beebe
They had 3 servants in the Hotel!


 James William Troup,
 b- Feb 5, 1855 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, USA
d- Nov 30, 1931 in Victoria BC

Father- William Henry Troup
b- Apr 16, 1828 in London, England
d- Apr 2, 1882 in Vancouver, Clark Co. WA, USA
Mother- Elizabeth "Eliza" Jane Turnbull
b- Oct 6, 1836 in Cincinnati, Ohio
d- June 4, 1920 in Portland, Oregon

Married Francis Julia Stump, July 17, 1879
b- Sept 2, 1859, Sacramento, CA
d- Aug 19, 1938 in Esquimalt, BC
daughter of Thomas Jefferson Stump Jr. and Novella Frazier

James had a son and daughter.


Edward Gillam
b- Dec 1863  in St. George's Bay, Newfoundland
d- May 3, 1929, at sea, near Tofino, age 65
He actually died on board this ship, nearing Tofino.
Buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria BC
First Command, Steamer Tees.
Then the "SS Marquinna", before the "SS Princess Norah".
Left his home about 35 years before he died.
1901 he was on a ship in Victoria, as 2nd mate,
 Master of the same ship was Otto Bucholtz.

Father- Charles Gillam
b- England
Mother- Mary Gillam, nee ?
b- England

Married Betty Buchholtz, Mar 30, 1904, in Victoria BC
b- ca 1870, Swinemuende, Germany, age 34 when married, age 51 in 1921
d- May 3, 1937 in Victoria, age 68
Immigrated in 1897 per 1921 census
shown as a dressmaker in 1903 in Victoria
daughter of Carl Buchholtz and Minna Kiehn
they had 3 daughters and a son.


Harry James Otis Murray
b- Oct 24, 1905, in Victoria, BC
d- Feb 28, 1978 in Victoria BC, age 72

Oct 10, 1921, A Harry Murray from Victoria shipped as a Cadet
on board the C.G.M.M. steamer, "Canadian Transporter".
(Canadian Government Merchant Marine)
The Canadian Transporter was on her maiden voyage
to New Zealand and Australia.

Father- James Daly Murray
b- Annapolis Royal, NS
 Mother- Catherine B. Hughes
b- Maryland, USA
His Grandfather ( I think?) was a Captain Hughes,
I think he was Captain of the "SS Princess Beatrice" in 1905

Harry married Gladys Fanny Smith, Apr 30, 1928 in Esquimalt, BC
b- Apr-June, 1906 in Edmonton Registration Dist., England
Father- Charles Hampton Smith
b- bet July-Sept 1881, Enfield, England
Mother- Fanny Naomi Dipnall
b- bet Apr-June 1879, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Father, Mother married bet July-Sept 1905, Edmonton Reg. Dist., England


Robert Thomson
b- Oct 4, 1879, Shetland Islands, British Isles
d- Oct 20, 1951, in Victoria BC
1st Officer, SS Prince George in 1911
Immigrated 52 years before he died.

Father- Thomas Thomson
Mother- Laura Ann Moncrieff
both parents born on Shetland Islands

married to Annie Lavine Isabel Boyd Dalton, nee MacDonald, May 19, 1931 in Victoria
He divorced her.
brother- Thomas Thomson


William Quinn Palmer
b- July 23, 1877, Belfast, Ireland
d- Aug 1, 1947, Victoria BC, age 70
retired 1943
Father- Samuel Palmer
b- 1849 County Antrim, Northern Ireland
d- Oct 3, 1914, 10 Adelaide Ave. Whithead
Station Master / Engine Driver
son of Chichester Palmer and Elizabeth Dougherty
Mother- Jane Quinn
b- 1850, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Mother, Father married Nov 9, 1872, St. Paul's, COE, Belfast

William married- Mary May Parkes
b- Dec 1, 1877 in England, age 82
d- Dec 27, 1959 in Vancouver BC
daughter of Alfred Parkes
b- England
Their son William Sydney Palmer died in WWII, Nov 23, 1941, age 29
They had a daughter, Irene J. Palmer, who married a Craig

siblings of William:
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Legge Palmer
b- 1873,  Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Chichester Palmer
b- 1875,  Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Samuel James Alexander Palmer
b- 1879,  Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Robert Palmer
b- 1880, Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Matthew Legg Palmer
b- Mar 20, 1884 in Ireland, d- May 17, 1976 in Vancouver BC
married Isabel Shaw
Anne Sewell Palmer
b- 1889,  Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
John Palmer
b- 1892,  Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Wilhelmina Jane Palmer
b- 1897 in Belfast Ireland
she married George James Cliffe


Martin MacKinnon
b- Jan 10, 1892, Island of Mull, Scotland
d- Oct 1, 1979, Vancouver BC, age 87
buried in Ocean View Cemetery, Burnaby
1916, he started his career on the SS Maquinna,
served as 3rd, 2nd, then 1st Officer, for 14 years.
Master of the SS Maquinna in 1939.

Father- Ian (John in marriage cert)  MacKinnon
 Mother- Catherine McCormick

married Annabell MacAskill June 21, 1923 in Vancouver BC, June 21, 1923 in Van. BC
b- age 33 in 1923
d-
daughter of Kenneth MacAskill and Lexie MacKillop


Charles Stuart Robson
b- June 9, 1901, Gabarus, Cape Breton, NS
d- Nov 10, 1981, in Vancouver BC
buried Masonic Cemetery, Burnaby
shown single when he died
1935 shown as 2nd officer, SS Marguerite, age 34
June 1951 shown Captain of "SS Marguerite".
shown 41 years at sea at that point

Father- Jacob Stuart Robson (1865-1928)
Mother- Katherine Mariah Cann (1874-1919)


Thomas James Garrick
b- Sept 22, 1896, New Westminster B.C.
d- May 25, 1969, in Vancouver BC
He retired in 1968
Enlisted in WWI, Jan 21, 1918, in Victoria,
Shown as a Bookkeeper at this time.
Reg # 2138523
Living on Mayne Island when he enlisted.

Father- Peter Garrick
b- Aug 29, 1864, Shetland Islands
d- Aug 20, 1934, Mayne Island, BC
buried in Mayne Island Community Cemetery, BC
Fisherman in 1897
son of James Garrick and Anderina Jameson
Mother- Annie Bennett
b- June 23, 1870, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear,  England
d- Jan 12, 1939, Mayne, BC
Buried in Mayne Island, Community Cemetery, BC
daughter of Thomas Bennett (1844-1924)
and Alice Elsie Thom (1844-1926)
Tom had 3 sisters and 1 brother in 1921, all living in Nanaimo BC.

married Mabel Trim, Jan 31, 1923 all Saints Church, Ladner BC
b- Aug 23, 1901, Ladner BC
d- Nov 29, 1969 in Vancouver BC
Music Teacher when she married
daughter of Harry Trim
b- Isle of Wight, England
and Anna Anderson
b- Gotenburg Sweden


Ext Links
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Exact scale model of Princess Norah
http://www.transylvanian.com/princess-norah-1928-2/index.html

Bow Rudder, Popular Science Magazine- Aug 1929
http://books.google.ca/books?id=hygDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA60&ots=jelKQXLzKV&dq=%22Princess+Norah%22+steamship&pg=PA60&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Princess%20Norah%22%20steamship&f=false


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