PRINCESS PATRICIA (II)
Built by Fairfield Co. Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland.
Length: 356' Beam: 56' Draft: 16' Tonnage: 5611/6062 as cruise ship.
Two large new steamships were constructed by the Fairfield Company, Glasgow at the cost of about $4,000000 each for the B.C. Coast Service of the Canadian
Pacific. The sister ships were of 59aa tons with dimensions of 373.10 x 56.1 x 15.8 and were powered by twin-screw steam turbo-electric drive. Steam was
provided by four oil-fired water tube boilers working at 320 pounds pressure. Designed for day service, including the Seattle-Victoria-Vancouver international
triangle run during the summer months, they were fitted to accommodate 2,000 day passengers and were equipped with only very limited stateroom facilities.
The space thus gained made possible extremely spacious and comfortable public rooms.
The first of these handsome two funnel liners, Princess Marguerite (named for the older CPR steamer torpedoed during the late war) arrived at Esquimalt on
April 16 after a 9,500 mile voyage from Scotland. The 23-knot vessel entered the international passenger trader later that month. Upon her arrival, the new
Princess liner, commanded by Captain George A Thomson, was boarded off William Head quarantine station by a delegation of British Columbia civic leaders,
CPR officials, newspaper men and photographers. The party went edown the Strait of Juan de Fuca aboard the tug Island Navigator as guests of HB Elworthy,
president of Island Tug & Barge Co. Captain Oliver J Williams, manager of the railway companyâ€™s BC Coast service, returned on the Marguerite, having
accepted her for the company at Glasgow.
The second steamer, Princess Patricia, arrived early in June, also entering the triangle run following dry-docking and minor voyage repairs at Esquimalt,
Captain Thomson who also brought this vessel out, complied with orders to make the voyage â€œwith all speed consistent with safetyâ€� and the Patricia
averaged better than 18 knots for the entire passage. The two new Princesses maintained a three hour and 50 minute schedule between Seattle and Victoria.
Gordon Newell, The HW McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, page 560.
The Princess Patricia, turbine steamship formerly on the Seattle-Victoria summer run, was completely renovated at Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt in 1963, being
converted to an Alaska cruise liner at a cost of over a million dollars. Formerly a day liner, she was provided with an additional stateroom accommodations for
347 first-class passengers. Other additions included a passenger elevator, self-service laundry, beauty parlor, and a boat deck solarium. In cruise service,
providing eight Alaska voyages each season, she was painted in the colors formerly reserved for CPR transoceanic service--white hull, green boot-topping and
buff and black funnels with the checkered Canadian Pacific houseflag on the forward stack. Ibid, page 674.
Princess Patricia was fitted with complete air conditioning and a swimming pool for winter cruise service between Los Angeles and Mexican ports under charter
to Pacific Cruise Lines of Seattle. (1965) The vessel continuing in summer excursion service to Alaska under the Canadian Pacific management and in charge
of Captain George Black. Ibid, page 686
1978: retired from cruise service
1986: Hotel ship for World's Fair in Vancouver, B.C.