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'BEAVER'

Built by:Green, Wigram's & Green, at Blackwall.
Yard No.218
Launched:2nd May 1835
Tonnage:188 78/94
Length:100.75 feet
Breadth:20 feet
Depth:5' 4 1/2"
Machinery:Boulton & Watt. 70 n.h.p. Two engines 35 h.p. each. 9 Knots.
Decks:
Built of:Oak and greenheart.
Type:Paddle Steamer. Brig rigged.
Registered:London 6th May 1835.
Off. Number:72668
Built for:The Hudson's Bay Co.
Other info:Cost 4,500
History:June 1834. Ordered to be built at 16 per ton.
29th August 1835. Sailed from Gravesend, Captain David Home, in company with the barque 'Columbia' for Vancouver. She made the long passage to the Pacific under sail with her engines and boilers dismantled and stowed in her hold.
13th September 1835. Arrived off Madeira.
12th December 1835. Arrived at Juan Fernandez.
4th February 1836. Arrived at Honolulu.
19th February 1836. 'Beaver's' log. 'Let the old stock of water out from the boilers, it being very bad. Took on board 1,000 gallons water.' From this it is evident that the boilers were used as fresh water tanks.
25th February 1836. Left Honolulu for the Columbia River.
18th March 1836. Arrived at Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River.
10th April 1836. Arrived at Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River. On arrival at the coast she was fitted with her boilers.
16th May 1836. The fitting of the engines and paddles was completed and began work for her company around Vancouver. She was the first steamer in the Pacific. She terrified the natives and promptly called her the "Devil's Big Fire Canoe."
1851. Seized by US Forces.
1853. Was relegated to transporting general freight and passengers between outposts, and after use between Victoria and the Fraser River during the gold rush.
20th May 1858. Aground at low tide at Nanaimo.
1860/2. Laid up in Victoria Harbour.
1863/70. The Admiralty chartered her for 1,000 per year, for seven years as a surveying ship and she made the first charts of the British Columbian coast. Then returned back to The Hudson Bay Co.
1870/74. Laid up in Victoria Harbour again.
1874. Sold for $15,700 to a Victoria firm for towing logs.
July 1888. Wrecked at Prospect Point near Vancouver Harbour. Her engines were too old to enable her to stem the current outside Vancouver.



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