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Chehalis Cross Memorial in Stanley Park

Chehalis Cross Memorial in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

The Union S.S. Company of Vancouver steam ship Chehalis was hit by the Canadian Pacific Railway's Princess Victoria steam ship just in front of Stanley Park on July 21, 1906.  8 of the 15 people on the Chehalis were killed when the larger Princess Victoria ran over the smaller wooden Chehalis.  The Brockton Point lighthouse keeper rescued the survivors of the shipwreck.  The Chehalis monument is a monument to those who died in the collision.  The 59.3 ft Chehalis was chartered to take 8 people to the north coast of British Columbia.  The Chehalis left from North Vancouver that fateful day.  The 300ft Princess Victoria was carrying 219 passengers and left from the CPR dock in Vancouver.  The weather was fine with only a light breeze.  Both ships were heading out of Burrard Inlet and passed Brockton Point.  There was a small launch that was noticed by the Princess Victoria and they corrected course for this launch.  They forgot about the Chehalis.  The investigation that followed blamed the Princess Victoria for the collision.

Chehalis Cross Memorial in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

This inscription on the monument says:

In memory of eight person who lost their lives on the Chehalis sunk by the Princess Victoria on July 21, 1906. at 2.P.M. opposite this spot.

Chehalis Cross Memorial in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

This inscription on the monument says:

Percy James Chick

Wm Alfred Bertand Hutton

Mamie Louise Bryce

Charles Barnett Benwell

William Harrison Crawford

Morishima

Yama

Mah Hing

Chehalis Cross Memorial in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

The inscription on the monument says:

This Monument was erected by their shipmates and friends.

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Chehalis Cross Memorial plaque in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Chehalis Cross Memorial plaque in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Chehalis Cross Memorial plaque in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Where is the Chehalis Cross Memorial in Stanley Park?

The Chehalis Cross memorial is located at Brockton Point between the Brockton Point Lighthouse and the West and North Vancouver Lookout.  It is just in from Stanley Park Drive and is visible from the Stanley Park Seawall.  Nearby are the Totem Poles.

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