Black and white – Nanaimo rail dock

Princess of Vancouver 1955

CP Rail’s MV Princess of Vancouver (from

During her service with Canadian Pacific, Princess of Vancouver made three round trips daily between Vancouver and Nanaimo, carrying rail cars, automobiles, tractor trailers and passengers. At one point she carried my family and I to Vancouver – I was perhaps five years old at the time so the memory is a bit hazy, but I remember the trip and having to walk on after my father drove the car on board.

  • Builder: A. Stephen & Sons, Ltd. Glasgow, Scotland
  • Length: 416′
  • Beam: 66′
  • Draft: 15′
  • Tonnage: 5554
  • Gross Tons: 5,554 (when built)
  • Engines: National Gas & Oil Engine Co. Ltd., Manchester
  • Propulsion:  Twin Screw
  • Service Speed: 17 knots
  • Capacity:
    • 150 automobiles
    • 28 standard railway freight cars or 32 road semitrailers.
    • 984 passengers

Enough about the Princess of Vancouver.


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To a five year old the loading dock was imposing and somewhat terrifying, and to this day it still is imposing and somewhat terrifying to me. I think it looks like a mechanical monster that wants to eat me.

It looks the same, and it’s actually a black and white structure…

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