PRINCESS ELIZABETH
1930
Built by Fairfield Co., Glasgow, Scotland
Length: 365' Beam: 52' Draft: 25' Tonnage: 5251

A pair of handsome sister-ships, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Joan, also arrived at their home port of Victoria from Great Britain in 1930- for CPR coastal
service, also products of the Fairfield yard.  These 365 foot three-funnel vessels were driven by twin screws and quadruple-expansion engines giving them a
service speed of 161/2 knots.  First used in the famous CPR midnight sailings between Victoria and Vancouver, they also became known to thousands of tourists as
the last of the CPR steamers to operate on the winter Seattle-Victoria run.
Gordon Newell, the HW McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, page
400.
On the evening of February 25th, 1959, the steamship Princess Elizabeth left Seattle on the final voyage in year-round passenger service between that port and
Victoria, which had been inaugurated on January 20th, 1904  by the
Princess Beatrice. The breaking of this maritime link of well over half a century passed almost
unnoticed in Seattle, although the Washington State Ferry
Quinault altered her course to salute the departing three stacker as did the tugs  Carol Foss and
Shannon Foss. The harbor launch Susan Jane, operated by maritime photographer Joe Williamson, who has recorded most important Puget Sound maritime
events for the past 30 years, also escorted the
Princess from Elliott Bay.  The Princess Joan and Princess Elizabeth were laid up at Victoria and subsequently
disposed of.  This also terminated the famous midnight sailings of these steamers between Victoria and Vancouver.  Service on the Seattle-Victoria route continued
during the summer months only, maintained by the splendid day liners
Princess Marguerite and Princess Patricia. All winter service between Victoria and Vancouver
was also canceled at this time, but heavy protests from provincial and local governments resulted in an agreement by the company to continue service on a limited
basis of one round trip daily by the
Princess Marguerite or Princess Patricia.  The Vancouver-Nanaimo ferry service by Princess of Vancouver and Princess of
Nanaimo continued.
Gordon Newell, the HW McCurdy Martime History of the Pacific Northwest, page 634.


The CPR three-funneled coast steamship Princess Joan and
Princess Elizabeth, in layup since the abandonment of the
Vancouver-Victoria and winter triangle routes, were sold to the
Epirotiki Line of Greece and placed in excursion service to the Greek
Inlands with three other old B.C. Coastal liners,
Princess Alice,
Princess Adelaide
and Princess Charlotte. The two latest acquisitions
were renamed
Pegasus and Hermes. Page 652.




FINAL DISPOSITION
1961: sold to Epirotiki Line, reanmed Pegasus and rebuilt with
one funnel.
1973: Renamed
Highland Queen
1976: Scrapped

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