" Beaver" , built in London, England, was the first steamboat in the Pacific Northwest
This photo is of the "Beaver", the first steamboat to come to the Pacific Northwest. It was built in London, England and made its first splash in the Pacific Norothwest at Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River on May 17, 1836. It's tonnage was only 187, and it drew only 8 feet. The owner was the Hudson's Bay Company. Although the intention was to use it for trading on the coast, it spent most of its life on the Puget Sound with yearly spring trips up to Sitka, Alaska. On the return it stopped at every isolated station of the Company and at Indian towns, taking aboard furs, trading for British goods & gathering cargo for eventual transport back to London. When the job became too big for it, it was fitted with cabins and carried passengers between Victoria and points northward. In later years it did survey work for the British Government, and finally after being stripped down to only a cabin & small pilot house it went to work as a tug on the Puget Sound. In 188 it slammed onto a rock at the entrance to the Vancouver harbor and was used no more. For further iinformation see: "Stern-Wheelers up Columbia: A Century of Steamboating in the Oregon Country" by Randall V. Mills.