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Iroquois Ferry

The Iroquois Ferry

The Iroquois began serving the Gulf Islands in 1901 and continued until it sank off Sidney in stormy weather in 1911.

From The Driftwood, September 3, 1964:

We were pleased that our recent article and picture of early Ganges has apparently been interesting to many of our readers because it has raised some questions and comment on the early boats plying these waters.

We learned last week that, contrary to the article the ‘Rainbow’, was not the boat pictured in the early photograph, but that of the ‘Shearwater’, another frequent visitor to these coasts. We were also advised that the S.S. ‘Joan’ was not the first passenger boat but was preceded by the ‘Iroquois’. We were able, through the kindness of Mrs. A.R. Price to obtain this week's pictures of this vessel taken when she called at this Island during the early years of this century.

There is an interesting story of the ‘Iroquois’ demise when she foundered and sank off Sidney on her way to the Islands. She was tied up at the Sidney Wharf overnight after having been loaded with a heavy deck load of hay. Captain Sears, her Master, had several of his passengers cancel their passage because they did not relish travel ling with so great a load. It turned out they were very wise, since the boat's deck load shifted in heavy seas the next day after leaving Sidney and the boat went down with heavy casualties. Many of the victims were washed up on the beach at Roberts Point just north of Sidney.

In those days, of course, there were no regulations governing the size of loads or numbers of passengers carried on these ships, so that a traveller had to rely pretty well on the wisdom of the seamen they travelled with. It is interesting to note that this kind of tragedy was relatively rare in spite of the greater hazard of the seas.

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S.S. Iroquois at Fulford Wharf (1905) - 20050161008

Collection: Boats and Ships

Source: Joane Neudecker

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This boat is probably not the Winnimac.

Collection: Bittancourt Collection

Source: Joane Neudecker

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Source: Joane Neudecker

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Collection: Ruckle Family photographic collection - 992112013

Source: Joane Neudecker

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I believe this boat is the Winnimac.

Collection: 2001043434

Source: Joane Neudecker

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Arriving in Ganges 1907

Collection: Toynbee Collection - 1994.137.288

Source: Joane Neudecker

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Collection: Bittancourt Collection

Source: Joane Neudecker

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S.S. Iroquois & Princess Charmer at Ganges, c.1910

Collection: Toynbee Collection - 1994.137.287

Source: Joane Neudecker

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1994.137.273 (V&S Train)

Collection: Toynbee Collection

Source: Joane Neudecker

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Collection: Toynbee Collection

Source: Joane Neudecker

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