The SS Beaver plaque commemorates the first steamship to ply the waters of the Pacific Northwest which wrecked in the waters off of Stanley Park just below this plaque.
The plaque says:
First Steamship in the Pacific Northwest
Built to service the trading forts of the Hudson's Bay Company, the BEAVER regularly steamed the H.B.C.'s territory between Puget Sound and Russian Alaska for 24 years. In 1862, the BEAVER was chartered to the Royal Navy and, after a refit began a seven year career surveying and charting over 900 miles of the colony's coast. Declared surplus by the H.B.C., the BEAVER was sold in 1874 and, following another refit, began a final career as a freighter and tug. On July 25, 1888 the BEAVER grounded on the rocks of Prospect Point and remained a popular landmark until sinking in July 1892 directly below this plaque.
Length: 100'9", Beam: 20'; Draught: 8'6"; Displacement: 109 Tons; Power: 2x35 HP Boulton & Watts steam engines connected to 2-13 foot diameter paddle wheels; Builder: Green, Wigram & Green, Blackwell Yard, London, England; Launched: May 2, 1835; Wrecked: July 25, 1888
Underwater Archaeological Societ of British Columbia - 1988
There is also a cairn at the Prospect Point lookout that has lots of information about the SS Beaver: SS Beaver Cairn
There is a display about the SS Beaver at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The museum has the ship's anchor and a sidelever from the ship.
The SS Beaver plaque is located on the Stanley Park Seawall just below Prospect Point near the Prospect Point Lighthouse.
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