Built: Bow McLachlin & CO., Paisley, England
Length: 245' Beam: 44' Depth: 12' Tonnage: 2320
The S.S. PRINCESS SOPHIA was built in 1912 at Paisley, England, by Bow McLachlan & Co. for Canadian Pacific Railway. She was a single-screw steel
steamship designed for service from Vancouver and Victoria to northern British Columbia ports and Alaska. She was 245 feet in length with a 44-foot beam.
(pg. 204) Notes from Gordon Newell, ed., The H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (Seattle: Superior Publishing Co, 1966).
On 25 October 1918, the Sophia grounded on Vanderbilt Reef in Lynn Canal near Juneau, Alaska during a storm. It was decided not to abandon ship due to
the rough weather in the hope that the storm would calm down. It was a decision that would lead to the loss of all 343 on board when the vessel slipped off off
the reef and sank. The sinking of the Princess Sophia was the worst maritime accident in the history of British Columbia and Alaska. The circumstances of the
sinking remain controversial to this day, as some felt that all aboard could have been saved.
The photo above is a postcard of the Sophia on Vanderbilt reef in the hours before her sinking.